Diabolique (1996 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Jeremiah S. Chechik|
|Produced by||James G. Robinson
|Written by||Henri-Georges Clouzot
|Music by||Randy Edelman
|Edited by||Carol Littleton|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|March 22, 1996|
Diabolique is an 1996 American psychological thriller film directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik and written by Henri-Georges Clouzot and Don Roos. It is a remake of the French film Les Diaboliques (1955) directed by Clouzot. The film stars Sharon Stone, Isabelle Adjani, Chazz Palminteri and Kathy Bates. Filming took place in and around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The wife and mistress (Adjani and Stone) of a cruel school master (Palminteri) collaborate in a carefully planned and executed attempt to murder him. The plan goes well until the body, which has been strategically dumped, disappears. The strain starts to tell on the two women as a retired police investigator (Bates) who is looking into the disappearance on a whim begins to think that they know more than they are telling, and further complications arise when their victim is seen, apparently alive and well by several of the pupils.
- Sharon Stone as Nicole Horner
- Isabelle Adjani as Mia Baran
- Chazz Palminteri as Guy Baran
- Kathy Bates as Shirley Voguel
- Spalding Gray as Simon Veatch
- Shirley Knight as Edie Danziger
- Allen Garfield as Leo Katzman
- Adam Hann-Byrd as Erik Pretzer
- Clea Lewis as Lisa Campos
- Donal Logue as Video Photographer #1
- J. J. Abrams as Video Photographer #2
The movie was compared unfavorably to the original movie, and received overall negative reviews. It currently holds a 'rotten' 12% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 26 reviews. Stone was nominated for a Razzie Award for "Worst New Star" (as The new "serious" Sharon Stone) for this film and Last Dance, where she lost to Pamela Anderson for Barb Wire.
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