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  • Summary: A re-release of the 1985 drama starring William Hurt and Raul Julia as a gay window trimmer and a political activist locked together in South American prison cell.
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  1. Don't be too quick to jump on Hurt with complaints of old-fashioned gay stereotyping. Only with a development well into the movie will the audience realize the layers he brought to Molina's role-playing.
  2. 90
    Leonard Schrader adapted the screenplay from the novel by Manuel Puig, and his fearless willingness to explore every corner of human nature serves what is greatest and sweetest in the performances of William Hurt and Raul Julia.
  3. 88
    Tells one of those rare and entrancing stories where one thing seems to happen while another thing is really happening.
  4. Powerful, sensuous and thematically hokey transsexual adventure.
  5. One of the most intriguing prison dramas ever put on film.
  6. It packs an emotional punch despite shortcomings of story and style.
  7. Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    The film's theme of acceptance is undercut considerably by Hurt's overcalculated performance.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. InesR.
    Jan 5, 2006
    Excellent movie based on the novel by Manuel Puig. Further study of the novel and film will reveal the great performance of Hurt, if we take into account the novel was written in 1976. The novel itself is an amazing insight of the characters and political and genre problems. Expand
  2. Jul 26, 2014
    A wonderful masterpiece! Kiss of the Spider Woman tell us the sad reality of a South America prision. The film introduces the story of Luis Molina, a prisoner in a Brazilian prison cell dividing its with the activist Valentin Arregui. Luis was arrested for molesting a boy and Valentin for his involvement with Communists. Despite their differences, both learn to respect and living together as they attempt to survive the repression of society. The film is a true portrait of Brazilian society during the military dictatorship, and the repressions of society. H├ęctor Babenco brilliantly directs this drama about corruption, crime, homosexuality and society. The performances by William Hurt and Raul Julia are truly excellent and essential. A live screenplay by Leonard Schrader. A true work of art worthy of applause! Expand

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