Dolores Claiborne


(out of 5)

One of Stephen King’s most fascinating stories is this drama about the turbulent relationship between aging Maine widow Dolores Claiborne () and her estranged journalist daughter Selena St. George (). Selena returns home from her fancy New York life when her mother is accused of murdering her very wealthy employer (). As Dolores’ abusive husband () also died under mysterious circumstances twenty years earlier, a crime in which she was seriously implicated, the head police investigator () isn’t about to let the connection go unnoticed, especially considering he handled both cases. Great storytelling that moves back and forth between timelines with perfect ease, brilliantly putting the pieces of the puzzle together. The climactic eclipse scene is great, and the relationship between Bates and Parfitt is beautifully developed. Bates once again proves what a highly superior actor she truly is, and Leigh is perfectly cast as the troubled daughter.

Castle Rock EntertainmentColumbia Pictures Corporation

USA, 1995

Directed by 

Screenplay by , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by Taylor Hackford,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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