Black Widow (1987)




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A federal agent believes that the many deaths of recently married millionaires can all be traced to one woman who has remained undetected simply because she continually assumes different identities. After finally tracking down her suspect, the agent finds herself becoming friends with the charming murderess.
R (adult situations/language, violence)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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Debra Winger
as Alexandra Barnes
Theresa Russell
as Catharine
Sami Frey
as Paul Nuytten
Dennis Hopper
as Ben Dumers
Nicol Williamson
as William Macauley
Diane Ladd
as Etta
Lois Smith
as Sara
D.W. Moffett
as Michael
Leo Rossi
as Ricci
Mary Woronov
as Shelley
James Hong
as Shin
Danny Kamekona
as Detective
Wayne Heffley
as Etta's Husband
Raleigh Bond
as Martin
Donegan Smith
as Reporter
Kate Hall
as Young Girl
George Ricord
as Italian Man
Chris S. Ducey
as Poker Player
Gene Callahan
as Mr. Foster
Thomas Hill
as Attorney
Juleen Murray
as Attendant
Ed Pang
as Waiter
Allen Nause
as Clerk
Denise Dennison
as Stewardess
David Kasparian
as Limo Driver
Mick Muldoon
as Doorman
Marcia Holley
as Underwater and Diving Double
Julie Robinson
as Underwater and Diving Double
Al Cerullo
as Helicopter Pilot
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Critic Reviews for Black Widow

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (1)

Dated '80s crime drama has nudity, strong language.

Full Review… | August 23, 2016
Common Sense Media

Surprises are few and far between in this attractively filmed yet disappointingly conventional thriller that's short on psychological heft.

Full Review… | November 14, 2015
Creative Loafing

Disappointing erotic thriller, despite the sexy actresses

July 6, 2005

The performances by Theresa Russell and Debra Winger were superb.

Full Review… | July 20, 2004
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Black Widow is an engaging and mesmerizing psychological thriller.

Full Review… | February 2, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

A smart, twisty, stylish thriller with a good Debra Winger performance.

September 12, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Black Widow

Yes, we all know that the title gives us the idea that this movie will be predictable, but it's actually not! Instead of the usual Private Eye man on the case who falls in love with the lady, we get a female agent who is just as crafty as the black widow is. This is a very different and very cool thriller, and I recommend it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


"Black Widow" starring Debra Winger, Theresa Russell, Diane Ladd, and Dennis Hopper is a very good mystery/thriller. Debra Winger is a very talented actress and is very good as the reporter in this film. Winger is the career driven reporter looking into a woman that possibly has married several wealthy men and killed them all for the money....very well done and worth watching.

Mason Williams
Mason Williams

Super Reviewer

Pretty dated in looks and it took a while to warm up, likeable, but nothing special

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