Black Widow 1987

Black Widow

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Federal agent Alexandra Barnes (Debra Winger) believes that Catherine Petersen (Theresa Russell) is a serial killer who marries rich men and then murders them for their money. But since Catherine is seemingly a master of disguise and has multiple identities, Alexandra can't prove anything with conventional detective work. With no other option, she goes undercover, pursuing the same man (Sami Frey) as Catherine, and hoping that Catherine will slip up and reveal her true identity.

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  • Sep 08, 2013
    My first fundamental problem with Black Widow, was how fast Alex caught on. It completely messed up the concept of rising action, and the whole film was a long down hill slope of falling action. The film looks a feels dated. The opening scene with the main actress applying make up and looking at through a mirror, impressed me with its camera angle, but after that they stopped trying. The actresses were acclaimed in this, but I felt they played cheesy. There are a handful of sexy scenes though. While this might not be predictable, it's certainly not shocking, mainly because it lost me half way in. Just skip forward a decade and watch Basic Instinct instead.
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • Feb 16, 2013
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Dec 19, 2010
    She Mates, She Kills ... But does she ever Love? Alexandra (Debra Winger) plays a workaholic FBI agent who pursues a rich young widow (Theresa Russell) who seduces, marries a succession of older wealthy men and then kills them off by a mysterious means of poisoning. When the "Black Widow" sets her eyes on a handsome hotel chain owner (Sami Frey), Alexandra goes undercover to Hawaii to track her down but things get personal when she falls for the intended victim. Will Alex save him from the Black Widow's evil clutches or will he fall for the seductive femme fatale? <a href="http://tinypic.com?ref=vgot50" target="_blank"><img src="http://i55.tinypic.com/vgot50.gif" border="0" alt="Image and video hosting by TinyPic"></a>
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  • Sep 28, 2008
    "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.
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