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Academy Award-winner Kathy Bates and Jennifer Jason Leigh star as an estranged mother and daughter who must confront their darkest memories when one of them is accused of murder ... for the second time ... in the riveting adaptation of Stephen King's bestselling novel Dolores Claiborne.]]>
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I loved this movie!!!! Stephen King should rank this and "The Green Mile" as his crowning adapted movies!
This film has been overlooked by many people, including myself, for many reasons. Kathy Bates in another Stephen King story seemed to repetitive from her amazing performance in "Misery". But fair warning, she is not Nurse Annie here, but a completely amazing and hard woman who deals with the trauma in her life head on. I also didn't appreciate the magical artistry of this film until buying the DVD and listening to Taylor Hackford give his wordy and brilliant commentary to the film.
I'm very glad to have purchased this DVD, and I feel you will as well!
Dolores Claiborne, as a movie, is surprisingly well made. I have no doubt that this is Taylor Hackford's best film yet. I am especially impressed with the visual effects he used, during the flashbacks. He paints a vivid picture of the world of Dolores Claiborne: A world of sorrow and pain. He pulls the audience into this world and never lets go. Thus, he brings us through Dolores'life and make us feel her pain.
Another great thing about this film, is the acting. Kathy Bate's is as usual brilliant. CAN she even mess up a single line? Jennifer Jason Leigh plays as she is supposed to;nothing more, nothing less. Which in itself should be considered a superb performance. And I was also really pleased by the remarkable performance of Judy Parfitt, the actress who plays Vera. Truly a great portrayl of a women who is as hurt and angry as Dolores. The scene in which she reveals her deepest, darkest secret to Dolores (you who have seen the film will know what I am talking about) is truly one of the best scenes from a movie the last 20 years! She should have gotten an Oscar! Plummer, as detective Mackey is also extremely good. Especially in the finale of the film. Very intense!
However, I feel there is one element of this film that so far has been largely overlooked by the other reviewers: Danny Elfman's superb score. Indeed, this score should be considered one of the finest EVER. Right up there with Herrmann's PSYCHO and Steiner's KING KONG. And I seriously mean that.Read more ›
It is a fantastic story of a woman whom is abused and ends up working for a very mean spirited rich woman as her maid, then care taker plus what all of this does to her daughter growing up. I don't want to give to much away, so see the movie.
Can't wait for the next Kathy Bates movie, I will be in line to see it.
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Great combo of Kathy Bates , J J Lee, S King and a tad of John C . Reilly ... Oh yea and this guy David Straithairm plays the best drunken bastard since Dwight Yoakam in... Read morePublished 12 days ago by BG
One of my favorite movies, and also a favorite Stephen King novel which I highly recommend reading as it is told all in Dolores Claiborne's narrative voice, an incredible feat of... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Abrazos