Black Widow (1987) - Rotten Tomatoes

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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.

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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
D.W. Moffett
as Michael
Leo Rossi
as Ricci
Mary Woronov
as Shelley
Danny Kamekona
as Detective
Wayne Heffley
as Etta's Husband
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
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 (22) | Top Critics (2)

Black Widow is an interesting movie struggling to escape from a fatal overload of commercial considerations.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

... it's good to see the director of "Five Easy Pieces" in the saddle again.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

...a relatively familiar premise that is, for the most part, utilized to better-than-expected effect by Rafelson...

May 12, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The femme fatale [is] brilliantly portrayed by the ravishing Theresa Russell.

August 28, 2019 | Full Review…

It sets itself up for brilliance yet settles for formulaic tepidness.

December 28, 2018 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

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

August 23, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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