Original Sin

Original Sin

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Director: Michael Cristofer

Cast: Antonio Banderas, Angelina Jolie, Thomas Jane

     
 

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A lonely man's search for companionship soon takes him to dangerous and unexpected places in this erotically charged drama. Luis Antonio Vargas (Antonio Banderas) is a successful coffee salesman living in Cuba in the 1880s. Luis has had little luck finding love among the women of his native island, and he sends away to America for a mail-order bride. To his pleasant

Overview

A lonely man's search for companionship soon takes him to dangerous and unexpected places in this erotically charged drama. Luis Antonio Vargas (Antonio Banderas) is a successful coffee salesman living in Cuba in the 1880s. Luis has had little luck finding love among the women of his native island, and he sends away to America for a mail-order bride. To his pleasant surprise, his fiancée from the United States, Julia Russell (Angelina Jolie), turns out to be not only beautiful but passionate and devoted. But Luis' happiness proves to be short-lived when he learns that Julia is not the person he imagined her to be, and detective Walter Downs (Thomas Jane) appears, trying to get to the bottom of Julia's mysterious past and possibly deadly secrets. Original Sin is based on the novel Waltz Into Darkness by Cornell Woolrich, which Francois Truffaut previously adapted for the screen as La Sirene du Mississippi.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Sultry Angelina Jolie and hot-blooded Antonio Banderas steam up the screen with their passionate sex scenes in this lurid melodrama, which combines the thematic elements of film noir with those of bodice-ripping period romance novels. Based on Cornell Woolrich’s thriller Waltz into Darkness (previously filmed as Mississippi Mermaid, with Jean-Paul Belmondo and Catherine Deneuve in the leads), Original Sin takes place in the late 19th century, where Cuban-born plantation owner Luis Durand (Banderas) awaits the arrival of his mail-order bride. Instead of the rather plain-looking woman pictured in the faded photograph she sent him, Julia Russell (Jolie) turns out to be an alluring beauty whose charms are as irresistible as her past is mysterious. The convoluted story, adapted by writer-director Michael Cristofer (Body Shots), unfolds in a decadent tropical milieu and has a surfeit of overwrought dialogue and serpentine plot twists. But Original Sin is sensually enthralling fare of the "guilty pleasure" variety, and it deserves a spot on your shelf if only for the torrid scenes shared by Jolie and Banderas. Cristofer provides a commentary for the DVD, which also sports an elaborate music video (performed by Gloria Estefan) and an animated photo gallery
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert

It's an exuberant example of what it is--a bodice-ripping murder "meller"...

Product Details

Release Date:
09/03/2002
UPC:
0027616861474
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Antonio Banderas Luis Antonio Vargas
Angelina Jolie Julia Russell
Thomas Jane Walter Downs
Jack Thompson Alan Jordan
Gregory Itzin Colonel Worth
Allison Mackie Augusta Jordan
John Pringle Sara
Cordelia Richards Emily Russell
James Haven Faust (Stage)
Pedro Armendariz Jorge Cortés
M. Martinez Cuban Priest
Harry Porter Stage Manager
Fernando Torre Lapham Wedding Priest
Shaula Vega Dressmaker Girl
Lisa Owen Margareta (Stage)
Daniel Martinez Rafael
Farnesio DeBernal Bank Clerk
Nitzi Arellano Prostitute
Roger Cudney Ship's Captain
Adrián Makala Ship's Waiter
Francis Laboriel Ship's Stewardess
Patricio Castilla French Dining Steward
Derek Rojo Bell Boy
Abraham Stavans Mr. Gutiérrez
Roberto Medina Card Player
Julian Sedgwick Card Player
Alejandro Corp Card Player
Alejandro Reza Train Station Man
Guy de Saint Cyr Chief Jailer
Julio Bracho Guard
George Belanger Gentlemen in Morocco
Osami Kawano Gentlemen in Morocco

Technical Credits
Michael Cristofer Director,Screenwriter
Sheldon Abend Executive Producer
Ashok Amritraj Executive Producer
Antonio Betancourt Sound/Sound Designer
Terence Blanchard Score Composer
David J. Bomba Production Designer
Denise Di Novi Producer
Libby Goldstein Casting
Kate Guinzburg Producer
David Hoberman Executive Producer
Carol Lees Producer
Junie Lowry-Johnson Casting
Edward L. McDonnell Co-producer
Rodrigo Prieto Cinematographer
Jorge Sainz Art Director
Eric Sears Editor
Mary Ellen Woods Asst. Director
Donna Zakowska Costumes/Costume Designer

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Original Sin 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With award wining stars ''Angelina Jolie'', and ''Antonio Banderis'', the film managed to create a stir among viewers. The stir however, involves mixed feelings. While some audiences found it to be romantic and spellbounding,the film wasn't able to reach the depth of its intentions or rise to the expectation of the book it is based upon, ''waltz into darkness''. After seeing the movie twice, I cannot help but feel that there were some important factors missing. I will be looking forward to reading the book. The filmmaker may have had an underlining tone that just wasn't conveyed strongly enough unlike his movie ''Gia,'' which was great. Maybe next time, he'll waltz his vision out of the darkness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Attractive couple but movie becomes predictable. Antonio as usual is as passionate as ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
angelina jolie is the most attractive woman i have ever laid eyes upon. she makes you want to get to know her in this movie. also antonio performance is amazing. any woman would love to have him as a lover.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think Angelina Jolie is the most beautiful woman in the world, and was perfect for this part in the movie. She has this sexiness, yet mysterious look, perfect for the Julia Russell role in this movie. Banderas was also very good for this role, playing the innocent and helpless man Luis Vargas. I also suggest the soundtrack to this movie; the book is just as amazing. Whether you get the un-rated version or not, the movie is just the same. There is just more nudity. I love the movie, the soundtrack, the book, and of course Angelina Jolie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Basically, you don't get to see the best of Jolie. Other than that, it's a good flick
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a movie about someone's conscionce and trying to figure out what's the best thing to do in UR life. it's about making the worst of choices for the one U luv and living w/ it. Angelina plays a woman that's a mail order wife basically and marries the hottie Antonio Banderas but the thing is she usually does this most of the time to milk the husbands for their worth and then run off w/ her accomplice but she falls for our Antonio and decides to run like she had planned. fate catches up to her and leaves u w/ a surprise ending that makes u wonder if the old saying, if it's meant to be it's meant to be, is really as true as this movie makes it be. anythings possible. especially in this movie. LOVED IT!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie tells the tale of romance, deception, murder, love and desperation as two individuals fall in love only to be scared and foiled. When Luis Vargas sends away to America for a wife, the last thing he expects is a apparently stunning, loyal and wonderful wife. However, soon into the marriage, he determines that his wife is not only who he thought she was but has a dangerous past. As they attempt to run from the danger, they must face death, deceit, love, depression and desperation. Will they make it, or will the forces striving to keep them apart succeed. This story of love, passion, deceit and death brought to you by Antonia Banderas and Angelina Jolie is powerful, sexy and emotionally exciting.
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