Dolores Claiborne

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A mother and daughter are reunited by harrowing accusations of murder in this gripping adaptation of the stephen king novel. Includes commentary by director taylor hackford.


Studio Warner
SKU 40102817
UPC 053939254822
UPC 14 00053939254822
Format DVD
Release Date 9/28/2010
Rating Rating
Family Interaction
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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 performance.
Plot Summary
Summary Eighteen years after being accused of murdering her husband, a small-town Maine woman again finds herself in the midst of a murder investigation. The only one who can save her from the overzealous investigator who failed to convict her before is her estranged daughter. Based on a novel by Stephen King, the film features a star-making performance by Kathy Bates as the title character, a placid woman who can take only so much before she strikes back. Christopher Plummer is the detective determined to convict this time.
USA Today "...A long, brooding, classy and atypically well-acted Stephen King adaptation..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars 03/24/1995 p.8D
Entertainment Weekly "...[Bates and Leigh] seem hell-bent to get to the core of their characters....All the tension and pleasure of a great pitchers' duel..." -- Rating: A- 11/10/1995 pp.72-3
Variety "...Dark and grim, with a terrific central performance....It's a showy role, and Bates plays it to the hilt..." 03/20/1995
New York Times "...A vivid film that revolves around Ms. Bates's powerhouse of a performance..." 03/24/1995 p.C14
Chicago Sun-Times "...Bates and Leigh are well matched here..." 03/24/1995 p.31
Taylor Hackford
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Kathy Bates
Cast & Crew
Christopher Plummer - Actor
Eric Bogosian - Actor
Jennifer Jason Leigh - Actor
Kathy Bates - Actor
Stephen King - Based On Novel By
Taylor Hackford - Director
Gabriel Beristain - Director of Photography
Danny Elfman - Musical Score
Gina Blumenfeld - Producer
Tony Gilroy - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1995
Catalog ID 2548
UPC 00053939254822
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 131 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Dolores Claiborne is the kind of movie where every corner of the house and lawn contains its own's surprising how much it turns into a two-character drama...there is no false sentimentality...[and] no false theatrics in the relationship.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen, French, Subtitled, Commentary
Product Attributes
Actor Bates,Kathy
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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