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Original Sin belongs in the "so bad it's good" category of languid potboilers, offering enough nudity, sexual chemistry, and far-fetched plotting to make it an enjoyable lazy-day diversion. Based on Cornell Woolrich's novel Waltz into Darkness (previous filmed by François Truffaut as Mississippi Mermaid) and set in turn-of-the-century Cuba, the film traces a tailspin of amorous obsession when coffee plantation owner Luis (Antonio Banderas) discovers that his American mail-order bride (Angelina Jolie) is not the plain wife he'd expected, but a beautiful, scheming thief who's after his fortune. The movie asserts that love is truly blind, but absurd twists of plot make Luis appear more stupid than passionate. Writer-director Michael Cristofer fared better with Jolie in Gia; here, he's made another good-looking film about beautiful people, but its plot just can't be taken seriously. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Available Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Unrated edition of the film
  • Audio commentary by director Michael Cristofer
  • Animated photo gallery
  • Music video


Antonio BanderasLuis Antonio Vargas
Angelina JolieJulia Russell/Bonny Castle
Thomas JaneBilly/Walter Downs/Mephisto
Jack ThompsonAlan Jordan
Gregory ItzinColonel Worth
Allison MackieAugusta Jordan
Pedro Armendáriz Jr.Jorge Cortés

  • Genre: Mystery Movies
  • Director: Michael Cristofer
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 116 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaAug 3, 2001
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJul 30, 2002
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