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Release Date: December 25th, 1994

DVD Release Date: June 3rd, 2003

R|1 hr 43 min

Plot Summary
Paulina Escobar (Sigourney Weaver) is convinced that the guest (Ben Kingsley) her lawyer husband (Stuart Wilson) brings home is the same man who who kidnapped, tortured and raped her years ago. Holding him captive at gunpoint, she repeatedly attacks him and demands that he confess his crime. Her husband tries to stand by his wife and her claims, but he begins to doubt her story and the claims. She forces her husband to represent the guest in a mock trial that she devises.

Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, Stuart Wilson

Director: Roman Polanski

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Fine Line Features, Capitol Films

Keywords: Doctor, Revenge, Intense, 1990s, Mystery, Wife, Husband

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Polanski, working from a fluid script by Dorfman and Rafael Yglesias ("Fearless"), gives the story its due. He creates an atmosphere of claustrophobic tension to rival his "Knife in the Water" and "Repulsion". show more

  • Death and the Maiden is all about acting. In other hands, even given the same director, this might have been a dreary slog. show more

  • The material is well served by director Roman Polanski, who knows well how to instill a subtle, claustrophobic sense of dread in an audience and has put together a rather elegant potboiler. show more

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