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Dolores Claiborne (1995)

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Release Date
 USA: Mar 24, 1995
DVD Release Date
 R1: Feb 1, 1999
 R2: 21 Aug 2000

MPAA Rating
Rated R for language and domestic abuse.

Running Time
2 hours, 12 minutes

Country USA

Studio Columbia Pictures

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Genre: Thriller, Drama, Murder, Suspense, Psychodrama, Investigation, Marriage

Tagline: Sometimes, an accident can be an unhappy woman's best friend

Plot: Eighteen years ago, the abusive husband of Dolores Claiborne (Kathy Bates) died under mysterious circumstances. His death was ruled an accident despite the suspicions of police detective John Mackey. Now the elderly woman she has nursed for many years has also died--with Dolores found standing over her body with a rolling pin in her upraised hands--and this time she is accused of murder. Her estranged daughter (Jennifer Jason Leigh), who blames Dolores for her father's death, returns to confront her with her resentment. Are things as cut-and-dried as they seem, or is there more to the story? After years of living a lie, Dolores Claiborne has to finally face the truth with her daughter--or risk losing her for good. Weaving skillfully between past and present, director Taylor Hackford delivers a deceptively adept melodrama, based on a novel by Stephen King and illuminated by Kathy Bates's bravura

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 External Reviews
external linkIntelligent drama is better than "Misery," but isn't scary. Still, it offers a good, chilling mystery. Recommended.

 Directed by
Taylor Hackford
The Devil's Advocate, Ray, Proof of Life
 Written by
Stephen King
The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Shining
Tony Gilroy
The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, Proof of Life
Kathy Bates
Titanic, About Schmidt, The Waterboy
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Road to Perdition, eXistenZ, The Machinist
Christopher Plummer
Twelve Monkeys, A Beautiful Mind, The Insider
David Strathairn
L.A. Confidential, The Firm, A League of Their Own
Eric Bogosian
Beavis and Butt-Head Do America, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, Ararat
John C. Reilly
Gangs of New York, Chicago, The Aviator
Judy Parfitt
Ever After, Girl with a Pearl Earring, King Ralph
 Music By
Danny Elfman
Good Will Hunting, Spider-Man 2, Men in Black



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