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… See more details below

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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