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With: Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, Stuart Wilson
Written by: Rafael Yglesias, Ariel Dorfman, based on the play by Ariel Dorfman
Directed by: Roman Polanski
MPAA Rating: R for strong language including descriptions of violent situations
Running Time: 103
Date: 12/23/1994

Death and the Maiden (1994)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

'Maiden' Voyages

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

After Bitter Moon, Death and the Maiden (1994, New Line, $19.98) returns to familiarPolanski territory with Sigourney Weaver playing the wife of ahigh-profile lawyer (Stuart Wilson) in an unnamed third world country.When a good citizen (Ben Kingsley) gives the lawyer a ride home onenight, Weaver becomes convinced that he's the man who tortured her yearsbefore. As she exacts her revenge, we're never sure who's right andwho's lying. It's a relentless, superb thriller that takes place almostentirely on one set.

DVD Details: New Line's 2003 DVD comes with a trailer.

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