Dolores Claiborne

Dolores Claiborne

Taylor Hackford (1995)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Kathy Bates, who won an Oscar for her performance in the film version of Stephen King's novel Misery, here stars in another King adaptation, this time as a housekeeper accused of killing her elderly employer. Jennifer Jason Leigh co-stars as Bates's daughter, who suspects her mother is guilty of more than one killing. There are magnificent portrayals all round, especially from Christopher Plummer as a retired and vengeful cop, but Bates steals every scene she's in.


A woman acquitted of murdering her husband ends up under investigation 15 years later, this time accused of killing her employer. Events take a dramatic turn with the arrival of her estranged reporter daughter, who is determined to get to the bottom of the affair. Thriller, starring Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Christopher Plummer.

Cast & Crew

Dolores Claiborne Kathy Bates
Selena St George Jennifer Jason Leigh
Vera Donovan Judy Parfitt
Detective John Mackey Christopher Plummer
Joe St George David Strathairn
Peter Eric Bogosian
Constable Frank Stamshaw John C Reilly
Young Selena Ellen Muth
Mr Pease Bob Gunton
Magistrate Roy Cooper
Director Taylor Hackford
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists LtdGuidance: Contains violence and swearing. Available on: video and DVD