brilliantly crafted Stephen King adaptation
This film has it all: brilliant script, superb direction, great acting.
a revenge melodrama, a dysfunctional family drama, a mystery/thriller, and
feminist take on the 'woman's picture', all rolled into one. Sixty years
ago, Bette Davis would have had a field day with the title role, but back
then Hollywood would never have had the nerve to make a picture with so
radical a socio-political point of view. Hackford virtually re-invents the
use of flashbacks, and the eclipse sequence is a classic. This film was
pretty much ignored by critics when it was released, but it will be around
long after most of 1995's films have passed into oblivion..
The Best Movie from King's Work
I have been a fan of Stephen King for over thirty years. Unable to wait
for the less expensive paperback editions, I've read the first printing
hardbound editions of almost everything he's written.
"Dolores Claiborne" is, in my opinion, the best film produced from a
Stephen King novel. (But it's the second best story King has written to
date, following "The Stand.") "Dolores Claiborne" is not a horror film
in the classic sense of monsters and demons. But there is plenty of
horror in the lives of the ordinary people who live in the story.
These are stellar performances by Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh,
David Strathairn and Christopher Plummer. (The look of sad resignation
and defeat on Plummer's face at the end of the coroner's inquest is
absolutely masterful. And the halo of the eclipse behind Bates' head is
As a movie in general I rate it 8/10 stars not only for the story but
the fantastic filmography -- the blue tint through most of the film is
a remarkable tool that sets the tone and mood of the story.
As a movie produced from a King novel, however, I rate it a 10. The
best to date..