Diabolique (1996)

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The wife and mistress of the sadistic dean of an exclusive prep school conspire to murder him.


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  • Sharon Stone and Chazz Palminteri in Diabolique (1996)
  • Sharon Stone and Isabelle Adjani in Diabolique (1996)
  • Sharon Stone and Jeremiah S. Chechik in Diabolique (1996)
  • Kathy Bates at an event for Diabolique (1996)
  • Sharon Stone in Diabolique (1996)

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29 August 2000 | Junker-2
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| Isabelle Adjani, please fire your agent!
Poor Isabelle Adjani. She is one of the most beautiful women in the world and one of the finest actresses alive.(See "The Story of Adele H" for proof of both of these claims.) Yet somehow her agent (or whoever is responsible for these horrible decisions) keeps casting her in the worst American films he can possibly find. Did somebody say "Ishtar?"

The American version of "Diabolique" is a perfect example of how Hollywood can ruin a classic film. The original 1955 French film is a subtle, fun, nail-biting mystery that builds to a wonderful ending. In this silly remake, director Jeremiah Chechik takes out the fun and subtlety, throws in some nudity, then "builds" to that same, tired "bad guy trying to kill the good guy" ending we have seen a million times before. Please!

If and when Isabelle Adjani is cast in a decent American movie, she will become the biggest star in the world. Until then, our loss is France's gain.

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