A Dangerous Woman (1993)

STEPHEN GYLLENHAAL

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB

USA, 1993.  Island World, Gramercy Pictures, Rollercoaster Productions, Amblin Entertainment.  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Naomi Foner.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

A great deal of publicity preceded this film, mainly pushing Debra Winger for awards consideration; ultimately the film made little impact and she got all her nominations for Shadowlands that year instead. She’s effective as a mentally challenged woman who lives with her patient aunt (Barbara Hershey) and is known for always being completely honest. Her seemingly straightforward life is complicated by the appearance of a handyman (Gabriel Byrne) who is attracted to her simple nature. Of course, that doesn’t stop him for making straight for the aunt as well. The film plays like a lifeless television movie-of-the-week, and is one of the very worst of the year.

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Actress-Drama (Debra Winger)

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