Despite strong competition and lack of replay value, this is actually one of the strongest Stephen King adaptations. Plus goes to the fact that is not a horror, but it manages to be suspenseful as a combination of thriller and family drama. Each performance is stellar, each character is well written and the story that runs over 2 hours passes by in a seconds.
I film di Hackford non riescono a coinvolgermi perchè ha un modo di girare che non mi piace: quando deve spingere crea tutte le premesse giuste ma poi non calca mai,e se questo lo fai su un adattamento di King il risultato non si eleva più di tanto. La storia è malsana e si percepisce bene,ma fà troppi svolazzi e anche gli attori sono tagliati con l accetta,fino ad un finale dilatato oltremodo. Rivedibile.
Haven't read the novel so my opinion is only based on what I've seen: terrific movie! Bates and Leigh both are excellent in their roles and Parfitt's Vera Donovan strikes me as one of the best "female power" symbols I've seen in movies... There's a mix of beautiful and horrific things: like a mother's love for her child and the sexual advances of the father. Dolores Claiborne is a sad woman but an honorable warrior!
Hackford strikes deep turning King's solid best seller into a compelling, uneasy micro-study of depravity and dark pursuits; Bates and Jason Leigh are captivating, brutal, simmering in polar opposition. Strathairn is perhaps no better elsewhere, and Plummer's deceptively coy resolve cuts away the fat chunk by chunk, equaled only by Hackford's subtle, evasive direction to let things bubble, froth and enliven silence.
I was just about to say, also, that I think this is the best/my favorite Stephen King adaptation. Sonja's final comment about it being real, or at least feeling very real, is also right on, in my opinion. Gilroy did a fine job of adapting the material, making it different--expanding the viewpoint--without diminishing the presence of the lead character. And all the actors inhabit their roles.