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Stephen King On Screen

Dolores Claiborne

This psychological melodrama about a housekeeper accused of murder stars a fantastic Kathy Bates.

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USA 1995
Dir Taylor Hackford
With Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judy Parfitt, Christopher Plummer
Certificate 18

Often overlooked in the vast pantheons of King adaptations, Taylor Hackford’s richly rendered psychological melodrama is a fascinating and rewarding piece of work with compelling feminist credentials. It’s the story of a housekeeper accused of murdering her employer, and the strained relationship she shares with her grown-up daughter; a labyrinthine mystery featuring what Kathy Bates claims to be the best of all her performances.


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