- Original title
- Running time
- 131 min.
- United States
Tony Gilroy. Novel: Stephen King
Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Strathairn, Judy Parfitt, John C. Reilly, Eric Bogosian, Christopher Plummer, Ellen Muth, Bob Gunton, Wayne Robson, Roy Cooper, Ruth Marshall, Weldon Allen, See 11 More
Castle Rock Entertainment, Columbia Pictures
Mystery. Drama | Crime
- Movie Groups
Stephen King Adaptations
- 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.
: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Nominated for Best Actress (Kathy Bates)
- Critics' reviews
"An engrossing, unsettling and, at times, powerful psychological thriller."
Hal Hinson: The Washington Post
"Although most of the elements are familiar and virtually all of the characters are unpleasant, this is a better than average melodrama--mainly because of the volcanic power of Kathy Bates in the title role"
Jonathan Rosenbaum: Chicago Reader
"Directed efficiently by Taylor Hackford, Dolores Claiborne has become a vivid film that revolves around Ms. Bates's powerhouse of a performance."
Janet Maslin: The New York Times
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