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A Dangerous Woman 1993

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3.4 out of 5 stars (18) IMDb 5.9/10

Debra Winger gives a chilling, award-worthy performance in this haunting drama about an emotionally fragile woman who finds comfort with an alcoholic handyman working on her aunt's property.

Starring:
Laurie Metcalf, Debra Winger
Runtime:
1 hour, 42 minutes

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Genres Drama, Romance
Director Stephen Gyllenhaal
Starring Laurie Metcalf, Debra Winger
Supporting actors John Terry, Barbara Hershey, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jake Gyllenhaal, Myles Sheridan, Chloe Webb, Richard Riehle, Viveka Davis, Gabriel Byrne, Paul Dooley, David Strathairn, Brad Blaisdell, Warren Munson, Rebeca Arthur, Jan Hooks, Philip McNiven, Breon Gorman, Anna Mathias
Studio Focus Features
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By Anthony Damato on July 20, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This is more of a visual essay than a movie that one can sit back and enjoy. The question is: what happens to a young woman who always tells the truth? The answer: in an evil world, she is hurt, betrayed, kicked around, loses her friends, and winds up in prison. Debra Winger makes the role believable, and that's not easy to do. There are also things that happen "around" the Winger character that she doesn't quite see, and we the audience don't quite see either, so we're taken by surprise. The director almost pulled this one off. The two reviewers before me hated the movie, and I can see why. But maybe to a large extent they were thrown off by their expectations. The title, for instance, is ironic -- but who could have guessed that? (She's a dangerous woman in an evil world because she's a truth-teller.) The movie meanders; it's not the plot-rich kind of movie people want, nor is it a thriller, nor a suspenser; in short, it's a philosophical essay dressed up in movie clothes. And if that's all you expect, then it may be worth seeing. My two-star rating is pretty high for a cheapskate star-giver like me, and it's almost the kind of grade you give to a student who has written an essay that didn't come off but was the most ambitious essay in thc class: Two stars for a good try!
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Although this movie is a little muddled, I still liked its tale of two--or really, three--lonely people.
This story raises the question: what happens when a mentally disabled woman (or man) has the same sexual desires as any other healthy adult? What happens when she desires a man who is "normal"? Martha's disability separates her from others in many ways, including the kind of romantic life that others take for granted. When Mac shows up on the doorstep, she discovers romantic and sexual feelings, and wants to express them as anyone else would. The others around her, especially her aunt, don't want this, perhaps even with good reason, but the movie sticks up poignantly for her right to blossom, including her right to be a sexual being.
However, there is a built in dilemma here. Martha can never be an appropriate partner for a "normal" man, so the relationship is doomed from the start. And Martha has no framework for understanding the impact of sexuality or rejection. Mac and Martha share a bond, but Frances, the aunt, is Mac's equal, and they too share the bond of being lonely people scarred by life. When they begin an affair, and Martha meets with the inevitable rejection, tragedy results.
The movie does wrap things up neatly--it's a movie, after all--and perhaps a little too patly, but on the whole I preferred the happier ending.
I was impressed with all performances here. Winger submerges herself completely in the character of Martha. Gabriel Byrne manages the tricky feat of making Mac sympathic, but repulsive at times, and keeping him sympathetic even when his carelessness has had such horrible results. I also thought he had good rapport with both actresses. His relationship with each was different, and both were watchable. Barbara Hershey has a smaller role than Winger, but I thought she did a good job, though I didn't know why her character had to be quite so insensitive to Martha.
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[Nonspecific spoilers] At the time of the release of "A Dangerous Woman" (1993), Debra Winger had already made her indelible mark on Hollywood with her star-making hat trick, that is: "Urban Cowboy," "An Officer and a Gentleman," and her crown jewel, "Terms of Endearment." Although these three were initially, understandably, classified as mostly for women, it can probably now be safely said that they have had much broader audience appeal over the years, and Winger's picture-perfect turn in "Terms of Endearment" could have easily won her the Oscar for Best Actress. Unfortunately, however, she was up against co-star Shirley MacLaine, who probably won because she simply had more friends in the Academy, having made more pictures, though either lady was equally deserving. In "A Dangerous Woman," Winger again proves that she's one of Hollywood's greatest assets (alongside MacLaine, Meryl Streep, Ellen Burstyn, Glenn Close, Kate Winslet, Sally Field, Kathy Bates, and Melissa Leo, regardless of Oscar wins) as "Martha," a grown woman who basically has the mind of a preteen girl but can still hold a job and always tells the truth. She lives in the guest house of her widowed Aunt (Barbara Hershey), though they're nearly the same age, and a handyman (Gabriel Byrne) soon becomes involved with both of them (Laurie Metcalf of "Roseanne" also has a small role). But that's where the logic ends. The dialogue and story are frustratingly devoid of any real structure or meaning, like a cinematic vacuum. Maybe this is considered art by some, like a really odd and unattractive showpiece in a museum that sells for a fortune and you can't help but wonder why (I'm sure the book was much better).Read more ›
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Being a huge fan of the Gyllenhaal/Hershey collaboration "A Killing in a Small Town" (aka "Evidence of Love"), I had very high expectations for this, especially with Debra Winger in the cast. Alas, 'twas not to be. This is a meandering slog of a movie, with an ending that'll make you throw up your hands in exasperation for wasting two hours of your life. Winger's performance could not be bettered; curiously, Hershey (who deservedly won an Emmy for "Killing in a Small Town") has very little to do. Take a pass unless you're a huge fan of the stars.
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