R | | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A big-city reporter travels to the small town where her mother has been arrested for the murder of an elderly woman that she works for as a maid.
Judy Parfitt was recommended for the role of Vera by director Taylor Hackford's wife, Helen Mirren. Parfitt, who had largely confined her career to the stage, was virtually unknown to film audiences at the time. After she auditioned with Kathy Bates, Bates reportedly turned to Hackford and gasped "... ...
Go ahead and take what you want. I ain't doin' any beauty pageants today.
In the first flashback, there is no dialog from Vera after she says, "Please, Dolores." and the mailman enters. In the second flashback, Vera is heard begging for death after Dolores raises the rolling pin and before the mailman enters.
$5,721,920 (USA) (26 March 1995)