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Kiss of the Spider Woman

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Original title
O Beijo da Mulher Aranha (Kiss of the Spider Woman)
Running time
119 min.
Brazil Brazil
Leonard Schrader (Novel: Manuel Puig)
John Neschling
Rodolfo Sánchez
Co-production Brazil-United States; HB Filmes, FilmDallas Pictures
Drama | Prison Drama. Gay & Lesbian. Friendship
Movie Groups
Manuel Puig Adaptations
Synopsis / Plot
Luis Molina and Valentin Arregui are cell mates in a South American prison. Luis, a homosexual, is found guilty of immoral behaviour and Valentin is a political prisoner. To escape reality Luis invents romantic movies, while Valentin tries to keep his mind on the situation he's in. During the time they spend together, the two men come to understand and respect one another.
1985: Oscar: Best Actor (William Hurt). 4 Nominations
1985: Golden Globes: 4 Nominations, including Best Picture
1985: Cannes Film Festival: Best Actor (William Hurt)
1985: BAFTA: Best Actor (William Hurt)
1985: David di Donatello Awards: Best Foreign Actor (William Hurt)
1985: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Actor (William Hurt)
1985: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Actor (William Hurt)
1985: Independent Spirit Awards: Special Distinction Award
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