Kiss of the Spider Woman

Lists: Drama, Best Picture nominee 1980 to 1989

Brief Synopsis: "Luis Molina and Valentin Arregui are cell mates in a South American prison. Luis, a homosexual, is found guilty of immoral behaviour and Valentin is a political prisoner. To escape reality Luis invents romantic movies, while Valentin tries to keep his mind on the situation he's in. During the time they spend together, the two men come to understand and respect one another."

Overall Ranking: - (Rank from 1985: # 0)

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Dan O'Neill85 - Kiss Of The Spider Woman may seem too much like a play, but has great lead performances, a heart-felt message, and a good look at homosexuals in a world that wasn’t accepting it.
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People Involved

  • William Hurt (Luis Molina)
  • Raul Julia (Valentin Arregui)
  • Sonia Braga (Leni Lamaison)
  • José Lewgoy (Warden)
  • Hector Babenco (Director)