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A daughter who has come to imagine the worst about her mother learns the facts are quite different -- and more shocking than she ever imagined -- in this adaptation of Stephen King's best-selling novel. Dolores Claiborne (Kathy Bates) has spent nearly a quarter of a century looking after a mean-spirited woman named Vera Donovan (Judy Parfitt) on a small island off the coast of Maine; when Vera is found dead after falling down a flight of stairs, Dolores is considered a prime suspect in her murder. Word of the affair reaches New York-based journalist Selena St. George (Jennifer Jason Leigh), Dolores's estranged daughter. Though she's about to leave on an important assignment, Selena instead flies to Maine to find out what's happened with her mother. Selena's father, Joe St. George (David Strathairn), died under mysterious circumstances 15 years before; more than a few people believe Dolores killed Joe, and many feel she did the same with Vera. Though the strong and tough-talking Dolores stands her ground, police detective John Mackey (Christopher Plummer) is convinced that there's more to her story than she's letting on, and in time Selena learns the ugly truth about her mother's connection to both deaths. This was Kathy Bates's second starring role in a film based on Stephen King's work; she earned an Academy Award for her breakthrough role in the movie version of King's Misery. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:August 10, 1995


Kathy Bates
as Dolores Claiborne
Jennifer Jason Leigh
as Selena St. George
Judy Parfitt
as Vera Donovan
Christopher Plummer
as Detective John Mackey
David Strathairn
as Joe St. Goerge
Eric Bogosian
as Peter
John Benjamin Hickey
John C. Reilly
as Constable Frank Stamshaw
Bob Gunton
as Mr Pease
Roy Cooper
as Magistrate
Wayne Robson
as Sammy Marchant
Frank Adamson
as Detective Supervisor
Bob Gunton
as Mr Pease
Wayne Robson
as Sammy Marchant
Roy Cooper
as Magistrate
John C. Reilly
as Constable Frank Stamshaw


Taylor Hackford
Taylor Hackford
Charles B. Mulvehill
Tony Gilroy
Stephen King
Book Author
Gabriel Beristain
Glen Gauthier
Musical Direction/Supervision
Danny Elfman
Composer (Music Score)
Danny Elfman
Mark Warner
Bruno Rubeo
Production Designer
Dan Yarhi
Art Director
Steve Shewchuk
Set Designer
Shay Cunliffe
Costume Designer
Josh McLaglen
First Assistant Director
Freddie Cooper
Camera Operator
Nancy Klopper