Two women one plan. We'll poison the creep who treats us like dirt they agree. We'll dump the body in a murky pool and someone will find a surprise at the bottom. There's a surprise all right. When the pool is drained and ... more »cleaned no body is found. Sharon Stone and Isabelle Adjani pour on the femme and the fatale in a diabolical grabber of a suspense thriller directed by Jeremiah Chechik (Benny and Joon) and based in part on the classic 1955 French spellbinder Les Diaboliques. Will the women get away with bloody murder? Has someone removed the body of the victim (Chazz Palminteri) and begun playing mind games with them? Add to the mix a tough cookie of a detective (Kathy Bates) and you've got theingredients for "a nail-biter from the first scene to the last" (Bob Polunsky KENS-TV/San Antonio).Running Time: 107 min.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: DRAMA UPC: 085391420422« less
Sandra F. (Sami) from ST PETERSBURG, FL Reviewed on 3/9/2010...
This movie was not rated well but I liked it. It had some unexpected twists and some predictable turns. It was a good thriller and deserved more than 2 stars. I gave it 3.5. Sharon Stone is an excellent villain and played the part well. The ending was pretty cool.
Thumbs Up For Diabolique
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Despite criticism that the film is monotonous and boring, I rented the video and was pleasantly surprised. Sharon Stone seems to be getting better every film she does. The chemistry between Stone and Isabelle Adjani is great. Chaz Palminteri is the perfect bad guy and Kathy Bates was a great detective. Listen close, Bates has some of the best lines. I really enjoyed my first viewing. I liked it enough to watch a second and third time!! Big thumbs up to the entire cast for a job well done. I would recommend this movie to anyone."
Stone is Splendid
CJ Sanders | Los Angeles | 07/07/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Don't listen to those critics who are still so in love with the ancient French version they can't see the merits of this brooding, sexy remake. Yes, the plot has holes (Who shot those crucial photographs?) and a blooper or two (someone who's supposed to be making a U-turn ends up on the same side of the road, heading against traffic). Nonetheless, it's well worth watching for its clever plot, top-rate performers, haunting atmosphere, and most especially the glorious Sharon Stone. She's like a modern day Joan Crawford here: forthright, vampy, alluring, and not to be trifled with!"
A Perfect Masterpiece!!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What a great cast! The sceenery is mystery colored and is accompanied by antique and old-school looking structures. The story line I think is very simple but extremeley complicated at the same time.
Adjani, Palmintery, Bates, Stone, are combined with ploting, scheeming, backstabbing, denial, greed and well, all the goodies! Without giving anything away, each cast mamber has the perfect role and attitude to go with it. If for any reason you dislike the cast, I'm sure this picture will change your mind. This one is definitely a movie you should'nt be without! This is a winner!!!"
The Original Isn't That Much Better
manicsf007 | West Coast, USA | 10/03/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The only reason I originally went to see this movie was because Sharon Stone and Isabelle Adjani are two of my favorite actresses. Sharon Stone is at her best when she is playing the bad girl and in the remake of Les Diaboliques she is perfectly cast. I feel that I was somewhat fortunate to see the 1996 version of the movie before the "Don't mess with my classic" crowd poisoned my mind about the remake. Diablique isn't perfect but the original version had its flaws too(I saw the original after I saw the 1996 remake). For instance, I felt that in both movies that the two schemers went through way too much trouble in trying to manuver poor, fragile-hearted and weak Mia to croak over on a heart attack. Didn't anyone ever hear of the word, "Boo"?My biggest complaint about Diabolique is that Chechik didn't take more advantage of the sexual tension between Adjani and Stone, which probaly would have made the plot more believable."
chromate181 | United States | 03/27/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This movie was pretty good. Even though it is in french, the plot is easy to understand. It's a lot like an Alfred Hitchcock movie in a sense that it has a twisted ending. You must buy this movie."