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Discussion in 'Dolores Claiborne' started by Neil W, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. Neil W
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    Neil W Well-Known Member

    Selena St George reluctantly returns to the small Maine island where she grew up, and where her estranged mother Dolores is being held by police. Dolores worked for bitter old crippled woman Vera Donovan, and following Vera dying after falling downstairs, Detective Mackey is holding her on suspicion of murder: after all, he is convinced she murdered her husband, but he couldn't prove it.

    This is adapted from one of Stephen King's shorter and most subtle books: though not without its nightmarish elements, it is far from a horror story, and King wrote the character Dolores with Kathy Bates in mind.

    The story unwinds through flashbacks, and the intermingling of recollection, reality and prejudicial interpretation keep the mystery element working throughout the film. All five principle performers (Bates as Dolores, Jennifer Jason Leigh as Selena, Judy Parfitt as Vera, Christopher Plummer as Mackey, and David Strathairn as Joe St George) are excellent, as is the adaptation by Tony Gilroy and the direction by Taylor Hackford.

    This is not only the great overlooked Stephen King adaptations, it is also probably the classiest.
  2. guido tkp
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    guido tkp Well-Known Member

    haven't seen it since it was first released in the theaters...i kinda remember liking it...your review just makes me want to give it another shot.
    thanks
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    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    On a side note- all of the flashback scenes are filmed in vivid color, while all of the present scenes are faded and washed out, to reflect what has become of Delores' heart, soul and mind. There are alot of great scenes in this film. This is definately a vastly over-looked and under-rated movie. Every cast member gives a great performance. Kathy Bates should have received at least an Oscar nomination for her portrayal. There's alot of folken who didn't care for Jennifer Jason Leigh's portrayal of Selena, but I think she is absolutely spot-on here. Each time I watch this film I come away with more admiration for what she did with her role.
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  4. Sunlight Gardener
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    It was on last night at 2 a.m. and I couldn't get back to sleep, mostly because i got involved in watching it. Kathy Bates is just awesome.
  5. Tim D.
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    I watched Dolores Claiborne last night. I don't think I had seen it since it was first released on video cassette and I rented it. This is definitely one of the most over looked and little seen SK adaptations, and also one of the best. It retains more of the flavor of the book than most of the adaptations do and if you are a King fan and have not bothered to watch this film then I highly recommend that you do so.
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    This movie is a treasure. Kathy Bates should have won her second Oscar for this.
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