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Death and the Maiden Details

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Ariel Dorfman's acclaimed play of the same name serves as the basis for Roman Polanski's drama, which depicts a politically and psychological complex battle of wills amongst three characters in an unnamed South American country. The trio in question is made up of Paulina Sigourney Weaver, her husband Gerardo Stuart Wilson, and Dr. Miranda Ben Kingsley, a seemingly friendly stranger who provided Gerardo with a ride home after a car breakdown. The trouble begins when Paulina claims to recognize Miranda's voice, and accuses him of being the unseen doctor who had subjected her to horrific torture during her days as a prisoner of the country's former government. Miranda, flabbergasted, denies any knowledge of such events, but Paulina is determined to have her revenge. The uncertain Gerardo finds himself caught in the middle, forced to decide if his wife is telling the truth or reacting irrationally due to her past trauma. The confrontation and shifts in power between the three inevitably raises issues of justice and revenge, especially in relationship to the punishment of war criminals. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

  • Release date:December 23, 1994

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Roman Polanski Best Director 1994 Nominee

Cast

Sigourney Weaver
as Paulina Escobar
Ben Kingsley
as Dr. Roberto Miranda
Stuart Wilson
as Gerardo Escobar

Crew

Roman Polanski
Director
Josh Kramer
Producer
Thom Mount
Producer
Rafael Yglesias
Screenwriter
Ariel Dorfman
Play Author
Ariel Dorfman
Screenwriter
Tonino Delli Colli
Cinematographer
Wojciech Kilar
Composer (Music Score)
Hervé de Luze
Editor
Pierre Guffroy
Production Designer
Claude Moesching
Art Director
Ariel Dorfman
Co-producer
Bonnie Timmermann
Co-producer
Gladys Nederlander
Associate Producer
Sharon Harel
Executive Producer
Jane Barclay
Executive Producer
Milena Canonero
Costume Designer
Daniel Brisseau
Sound/Sound Designer
Michel Cheyko
First Assistant Director
Mary Selway
Casting
Patsy Pollock
Casting
Linda de Vetta
Makeup
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