Sister, Sister (1987 film)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Sister, Sister
Sister, Sister.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by Bill Condon
Produced by Walter Coblenz
Written by Bill Condon
Ginny Cerrella
Joel Cohen
Starring Eric Stoltz
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Judith Ivey
Music by Richard Einhorn
Cinematography Stephen M. Katz
Edited by Virginia Katz
Distributed by New World Pictures
Release dates
  • September 13, 1987 (1987-09-13) (Toronto)
  • February 9, 1988 (1988-02-09)
Running time
91 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $4 million
Box office $743,445[1]

Sister, Sister is a 1987 American Southern Gothic thriller film directed and co-written by Bill Condon. The film stars Eric Stoltz, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Judith Ivey.


Matt Rutledge goes on vacation to the Louisiana bayou country. He decides to stay at an old plantation house which is now a boarding house owned by two sisters, Charlotte and Lucy.

Charlotte is in her 30s, in and out of love with the town sheriff, Cleve Doucet. Lucy is in her 20s and has a long history of mental illness and contact with the ghosts of several people who have died in a bayou near their home. Lucy falls in love with Matt, and the characters find themselves involved in murder, betrayal and dark secrets from the past, which are revealed gradually in flashback.

When Charlotte was a teenager and Lucy was a child, Matt's older brother Jud had tried to rape them and they had killed him in self-defense. But in panic they had dragged his body into a bayou and not reported the incident to anyone. Jud's death was a terrible secret only the sisters shared, and it was to some extent responsible for Lucy's mental problems.

But unknown to them, Matt – whom they had not known when they were younger – had witnessed the killing and has now returned under a false name to avenge his brother's death. Charlotte finally realizes who he is and what he plans to do. Lucy is still under his influence and almost helps him kill Charlotte, but she manages to escape. Matt takes Lucy to the same spot in the bayou where they had put Jud's body and tries to drown her, but an unidentified hand from beneath drags him down into the bayou and he dies instead.

As the film ends, Charlotte finally is about to marry Cleve, but Lucy still suffers terrifying and violent visions of Matt.


Home media[edit]

On January 16, 2001, the film was released on DVD by Anchor Bay Entertainment and again 10 years later by Image Entertainment.


External links[edit]