Watch: Dolores Claiborne 1995 123movies, Full Movie Online – Instead of heading to Arizona for her next big story in what has been her illustrious career in her relatively young life, New York based investigative journalist Selena St. George heads to her hometown on a small island just off the coast of Jonesport, Maine upon receiving a fax from an anonymous sender that her mother, Dolores Claiborne, is the only suspect in what looks to be the murder of her wealthy employer of twenty-three years, Vera Donovan. Dolores, who reassumed her maiden name following the death of Selena’s father, Joe St. George, started working as one of Vera’s domestics upon her moving permanently into what used to be the Donovans’ summer house after Jack Donovan’s passing, Dolores ultimately moving into the Donovan house full time as her caregiver when Vera required ’round the clock care. Dolores’ employment, which was solely to save money for Selena’s education, was despite miserly and overly particular Vera only paying a pittance. Selena has been estranged from Dolores for fifteen years, when Selena went away to college at Vassar on a full scholarship, on Selena’s belief not only that her mother killed her father when she was thirteen – the death ultimately ruled accidental – but the trauma she endured at the hands of townsfolk who believed the same in their often anonymous taunts. Selena still suffers emotionally from the trauma, she resorting to various means of self-medication. Detective John Mackey, who led the investigation, believed the same, this case the only blemish in his otherwise perfect career. He, leading the investigation into Vera’s death, has seemingly had it in for Dolores for eighteen years, and already has it in his mind that if she could kill Joe, she could just as easily have killed Vera, with a strong underlying motive beyond the seemingly open dislike the two had for each other in their mutual name calling. As Dolores and Selena are forced to move back into what has largely been the closed-up St. George house for however long Selena will be staying on the island, old memories come back to haunt both of them, with the truth behind what happened eighteen years ago and thus what happened with Vera buried deep within those memories in the house..
Plot: Dolores Claiborne was accused of killing her abusive husband twenty years ago, but the court’s findings were inconclusive and she was allowed to walk free. Now she has been accused of killing her employer, Vera Donovan, and this time there is a witness who can place her at the scene of the crime. Things look bad for Dolores when her daughter Selena, a successful Manhattan magazine writer, returns to cover the story.
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This one tends to get ignored when people consider the ‘classic’ Stephen King film adaptations (the first 20 years), but it’s very subtle, nuanced, and is basically one of King’s finest and more mature works. If it was even possible for Kathy Bates to out-do her Oscar-winning work in ‘Misery’, she still did so, and nailed it. I’m a huge fan of John C. Reilly, Eric Bogosian (why ‘Talk Radio is my favourite Oliver Stone movie and ‘Under Siege 2’ my favourite Steven Seagal film), David Strathairn, Christopher Plummer and especially, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and the Tony Gilroy script serves them beautifully.
Unfairly, I tend to joke about director Taylor HACKford, but it just may be that he’s a more contemporary model of such versatile directors from the past as Norman Jewison and Robert Wise. That’s fairly esteemed company–and here, he abides himself quite nicely in some of his best work.
Sometimes being a bitch is all a woman has to hold onto.
Dolores Claiborne is directed by Taylor Hackford and adapted to screenplay by Tony Gilroy from the novel of the same name written by Stephen King. It stars Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Strathairn, John C. Riley, Christopher Plummer and Judy Parfitt. Music is scored by Danny Elfman and cinematography by Gabriel Beristain.
Plot sees Leigh as Selena St. George, a big-city reporter who travels to her home town island in Maine when her mother is accused of murdering the elderly woman that she was caring for. Her estranged mother, Dolores (Bates), is also widely suspected to have killed her husband and Selena’s father some 20 years earlier, even though that was ruled as an accident. As mother and daughter come together, secrets of the past merge with the harshness of the present.
A terrifically well acted and well mounted drama doing justice to a great book, Dolores Claiborne thrusts family trauma to the front of an on going murder investigation. King adaptations are well known for being very hit and miss, but this is certainly one of the better ones, it sees a shift from standard horror monsters, to monsters of a different kind, the human ones. Played out to a perpetually dank backdrop of rain, grey skies and a sea devoid of beauty, film unfolds to reveal the sadness of one family’s roots, where emotional discord hangs heavy, constantly.
The structure is well handled by Hackford, as present day scenes merge into those from the past, giving off a perfectly ghost like feel to the plotting. Plummer’s weary detective John Mackey is a bit too underwritten for my liking, and the time afforded the pre-trial debate and inquest is simply not enough to make the required impact once all the revelations come tumbling forward – the latter of which is nearly unforgivable given the film runs at over two hours. However, slight irks aside, this is still great stuff and if only for the trio of lead lady performances then this is a must see for the drama seeking film fan whom wants some intelligent emotional heft in the screenplay. 8/10
Kathy Bates bites again! A Wonderful drama!
Stephen King+ Kathy Bates is a winning combination. Though unlike Misery, this movie is not focusing on the horror aspect.
There is some shocking violence in this movie, but it’s not the main thing. If you’re looking for action look somewhere else. If you’re looking for a great drama with a wonderful cast then this is your movie.
I just loved it! Stephen King is a master of story-telling as the past and present unfold in front of our eyes and we get one piece of the puzzle at the time up to the great climax at the end.
Taylor Hackford also did a great job directing this movie. There are some really cool visual effects quite similar to what Hackford did later in “Devil’s Advocate” two years later.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 12 min (132 min)
Genre Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director Taylor Hackford
Writer Stephen King, Tony Gilroy
Actors Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Plummer
Country United States
Awards 1 win & 8 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby SR, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 2.40 : 1
Camera Panavision Panaflex Platinum, Panavision Primo and E-Series Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Gold II, Panavision Primo and E-Series Lenses
Laboratory Film House, Toronto, Canada (processing), Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (color) (prints)
Film Length 3,603 m
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak) (Fuji)
Cinematographic Process Panavision (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm