Kiss of the Spider Woman
Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)

Two cellmates in a South American prison--one, a gay man serving time for molesting a young boy and the other a political activist--learn to live with each other despite their differences and over the course of time find a mutual respect.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 1, 1985
DVD Release Date: October 21, 2008
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Ed Gibbs
Electric Sheep

A bold and brassy classic that challenges social and political norms in a magnificent manner.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Explores the rapture and torture of desire, and the tension between harsh reality and escapist fantasy. [DVD]

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Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Sorry, but this was boring and poorly executed.

Matthew Sorrento

Babenco's film blends ideology with drama and betrayal for a tale as intellectually rewarding as it is passionate.

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Emanuel Levy

Centering on the camaraderie in prison between gay window-dresser and Marxist radical, the film is schematic, and the recreations of old movie scenes are uneven, but the acting is good.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Succeeds beyond all the trappings it sets up for itself and becomes an accomplished picture as a result.

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Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine

Argentine writer Manuel Puig's book Kiss of the Spider Woman has a theme that endures throughout all its various incarnations: that of human dignity and compassion surviving within a society that denies it.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Bold and touching performances by William Hurt and Raul Julia.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
It is remarkable how this film turned out to be so superb and profound despite all the many cuts and re-edits it went through in post-production, surprising us… More
Aj V
A lot of the prison scenes were kinda boring or hard to watch. The actors are good, though, Raul Julia is especially good in this movie. Overall it's… More
Spencer S.
An inner look into the South American penal system, and the role of political prisoners amongst the fray of the prison in general, Kiss of a Spider Woman is… More
♥Robyn M♥
This film was the first independant film to receive the top four oscar nominations,including, best picture and best director.........Starring William Hurt as… More
Daniel Mumby
We tend to think of prison dramas as grimly realistic affairs, as typified by Cool Hand Luke, Midnight Express and Escape from Alcatraz. But there are several… More
Dead Angel
"Is this propaganda or porno?" That made me laugh. This movie was not that bad. But I wouldn't watch it again. It was kinda boring.