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A Dangerous Woman (1993)




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Debra Winger's performance as a slow, mentally disturbed woman in A Dangerous Woman, raises the film far above its conventional, violence-ridden plot. Winger plays Martha, a quiet, lonely woman who has adjusted to a life without a man as she toils away at her small job at a dry cleaners in a small town. She lives in the guest cottage of the home of relative Frances (Barbara Hershey). Frances is a single woman who takes up with a variety of men as a cover for her loneliness and insecurity. When Anita (Laurie Metcalf) barrels her car into Frances' porch (thinking, correctly, that her husband is inside Frances' house), alcoholic handyman Mackey (Gabriel Byrne) appears on the scene and offers to fix Frances' porch. As Mackey works on the porch, Mackey becomes involved with both Frances and Martha. Into this melodramatic brew is added Getso (David Strathairn), a petty crook who works with Martha at the dry cleaners. When the four principles interact with each other, the disturbing results include an unwanted pregnancy, a murder, and some unsparing violence.

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Jan Hooks
as Makeup Girl
Paul Dooley
as Tupperware Salesman
Philip McNiven
as Young Man
Jack Riley
as Bandleader
Brandis Kemp
as Female Caterer
Martine Wood
as Female Security Guard
Joel Randel
as Male Security Guard
Cassidy Ann Thomas
as Martha's Daughter
Chelsea Morgan Thomas
as Martha's Daughter
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Critic Reviews for A Dangerous Woman

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

The movies are so seldom perfect that it's enough to find something perfect in them. What's nearly perfect in A Dangerous Woman is the Debra Winger performance.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

An overstuffed potboiler that strains for an upbeat ending after 95 minutes of angst.

March 30, 2020 | Rating: C | Full Review…

While Winger's acting is painfully accurate, utterly unglamorous and unnerving in its otherness, this adaptation of Mary McGarry Morris looks unlikely to gain a place in the Oscar sweepstakes...A Dangerous Woman proves difficult to watch at times.

May 14, 2018 | Full Review…

It's acting of an order that deserves better than the film's cheap, final grope for melodrama.

November 30, 2017 | Full Review…

The movie centered around Winger's sexuality. She gave an absolutely wonderful performance. Very realistic. I wish she had a better director.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Dangerous Woman


Some good character studies.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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A favorite.

Leo L
Leo L

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