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Story

Diabolique is Jeremiah Chechik's 1996 revamped version of the 1955 French film noir tale of two teachers at a boys school conspiring to kill the headmaster (played in the remake by Chazz Palminteri of Jade and The Usual Suspects). The three assemble an intriguing triangle of revenge and deceit as the headmaster's abused and humiliated wife and mistress team up to get even. Mia Baran is the fragile wife with a delicate heart condition, portrayed by Isabelle Adjani (Queen Margot), and Sharon Stone (Basic Instinct) is the plotting, contemptuous mistress. Together they set out to wreak an unfortunate revenge, but as the story reveals itself, miscalculations abound as hidden agendas and secret lives are unexpectedly exposed. Chechik's new look and timeless setting give film noir audiences something neoteric and seducing to play with. A welcomed change to the film's story line is the fresh addition of Kathy Bates as a daunting private detective. Fans of Stone's will not be disappointed with the latest version of her "I-could-give-a-damn smoldering broad" technique and anyone not yet familiar with Chazz Palminteri will love watching him succeed as the ultimately despicable headmaster. --Michele Goodson

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Sharon StoneNicole Horner
Isabelle AdjaniMia Baran
Chazz PalminteriGuy Baran
Kathy BatesDet. Shirley Vogel
Spalding GraySimon Veatch
Shirley KnightEdie Danziger
Allen GarfieldLeo Katzman
Adam Hann-ByrdErik Pretzer
Donal LogueVideo Photographer #1
Diana BellamyMs. Vawze
Clea LewisLisa Campos
J.J. AbramsVideo Photographer #2
O'Neal ComptonIrv Danziger

  • Genre: Mystery Movies
  • Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 107 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaMar 22, 1996
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJul 11, 2000
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