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Diabolique (1996) 1996 R CC

3.3 out of 5 stars (47) IMDb 5.3/10

Two women, one plan. We'll poison the creep who treats us like dirt, they agree. We'll dump the body in a murky pool, and someone will find a surprise at the bottom.

Starring:
Sharon Stone, Isabelle Adjani
Runtime:
1 hour, 48 minutes

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Genres Drama, Thriller, Mystery, Horror
Director Jeremiah S. Chechik
Starring Sharon Stone, Isabelle Adjani
Supporting actors Chazz Palminteri, Kathy Bates, Spalding Gray, Shirley Knight, Allen Garfield, Adam Hann-Byrd, Donal Logue, Diana Bellamy, Clea Lewis, J.J. Abrams, O'Neal Compton, Bingo O'Malley, Stephen Liska, James Kisicki, Kevin Vinay, Cory Pattak, Kate Young, Sophia Salguero
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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By A Customer on February 7, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Despite criticism that the film is monotonous and boring, I rented the video and was pleasantly surprised. Sharon Stone seems to be getting better every film she does. The chemistry between Stone and Isabelle Adjani is great. Chaz Palminteri is the perfect bad guy and Kathy Bates was a great detective. Listen close, Bates has some of the best lines. I really enjoyed my first viewing. I liked it enough to watch a second and third time!! Big thumbs up to the entire cast for a job well done. I would recommend this movie to anyone.
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This movie totally rocked! I rented it while I was in Florida on vacation. I thought it was very well laid out and acted. I usually don't like Sharon Stone, but in this movie she was great. She and Kathy Bates had the best lines. And her wardrobe was totally to die for. Everything I read about this movie said it sucked, but I think the stupid critics who were supposed to be watching this movie were actually sleeping! I liked it so much I ordered my own copy of it. Diabolique is a definite must-rent, folks!
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Format: DVD
Henri-Georges Clouzot's "Les Diaboliques" -- or just "Diabolique" to American viewers -- is a classic suspense movie on par with Hitchcock. It's a gritty, haunting story with an astounding twist at the end.

So how did Hollywood ruin the remake? Well, they decided to "Basic Instinct" it. In other words, they decided to remake it as yet another 1990s erotic thriller, and even cast Sharon Stone in one of the central roles. But the most unforgivable aspect of "Diabolique" is the drastic changes to the central plot -- which render most of the plot twists illogical and predictable.

Vicious Guy Baran (Chazz Palminteri) runs a boarding school for boys, but the school is actually owned by his frail, pious wife Mia (Isabel Adjani). Since he believes she will never divorce him, he has an open affair with one of the teachers, Nicole (Stone). He doesn't realize that the two women are secretly conspiring to kill him, and that Nicole has concocted a foolproof plan.

So using the threat of a divorce, they lure him to a distant apartment owned by Nicole, drug him, and drown him in the bathtub. When they return to the school, they immediately sink him in a disgusting algae-filled swimming pool, having given themselves a pretty decent alibi. But when the pool is drained, the corpse is missing -- and someone sends pictures to Mia indicating that they were seen.

It's almost painful watching "Diabolique" at times, since it's a perfect example of how most Hollywood remakes turn out -- crass attempts to "modernize" timeless material, with lackluster directors and actors attaching themselves to it. It's pretty much impossible to not compare the remake to Clouzot's original, and find it lacking in every way.

It also has the pacing of a wet sandbag -- director Jeremiah S.
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I have always loved this movie and when I saw it for the price I had to have it. I received it before I expected, in perfect condition. I love this website.
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The only reason I originally went to see this movie was because Sharon Stone and Isabelle Adjani are two of my favorite actresses. Sharon Stone is at her best when she is playing the bad girl and in the remake of Les Diaboliques she is perfectly cast. I feel that I was somewhat fortunate to see the 1996 version of the movie before the "Don't mess with my classic" crowd poisoned my mind about the remake.
Diablique isn't perfect but the original version had its flaws too(I saw the original after I saw the 1996 remake). For instance, I felt that in both movies that the two schemers went through way too much trouble in trying to manuver poor, fragile-hearted and weak Mia to croak over on a heart attack. Didn't anyone ever hear of the word, "Boo"?
My biggest complaint about Diabolique is that Chechik didn't take more advantage of the sexual tension between Adjani and Stone, which probaly would have made the plot more believable.
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Hollywood version of the french masterpiece 'Les Diaboliques' is a disaster. Both actors and production are awful, the movie is full of cliches and Chechik tries to save something from the wreckage by a useless bloody end. There is no suspense of psychological tension in it, Clouzot's version was built on a subtle climate of anxiety and terror. Here there is only a bad mixing between buffoons characters (like the female inspector) and sentimental situations that could fit into a Reader's Digest dramatic story. This movie (can we really call it like that ?) is representative of the Hollywood (Holy-money) remake industry trying to make money on classics masterpieces (the remake of Psycho is another example). Don't even waste your time to see it, go directly to the original version of Henri-Georges Clouzot. 'Ce film est un vrai navet !'
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Henri-Georges Clouzot's 1955 thriller remains essential cinema, but the 1996 remake is a complete waste of time. Sharon Stone, Isabelle Adjani and Chazz Palminteri try their best in a hopeless situation. Director Jeremiah S. Chechik also was responsible for the 1998 "Avengers" fiasco. A Hollywood motto: "If it ain't broke . . . break it!"
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