Diabolique (1996 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik
Produced by James G. Robinson
Marvin Worth
Written by Henri-Georges Clouzot
Don Roos
Starring Sharon Stone
Isabelle Adjani
Chazz Palminteri
Kathy Bates
Spalding Gray
Shirley Knight
Allen Garfield
Adam Hann-Byrd
Donal Logue
Music by Randy Edelman
Jeremy Sweet
Cinematography Peter James
Edited by Carol Littleton
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
March 22, 1996
Running time
107 minutes
Country USA
Language English
Budget $45 million
Box office $17,100,369

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.[1][2]

Plot Summary[edit]

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.




The movie was compared unfavorably to the original movie, and received overall negative reviews.[3][4] 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.

Box office[edit]

The movie was a box office bomb, grossing far below its $45 million budget.[5]


  1. ^ "The Vindicator - Google News Archive". News.google.com. 1995-12-09. Retrieved 2012-05-31. 
  2. ^ "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Google News Archive". News.google.com. 1995-10-26. Retrieved 2012-05-31. 
  3. ^ "FILM REVIEW;Forget the Cerebral. Just Kill Him.". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-05-31. 
  4. ^ "Movie Reviews : 'Diabolique' Attempts to Replicate the Mystique". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-05-31. 
  5. ^ "Weekend Box Office". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-05-31. 

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