Julia Russell (Angelina Jolie) can show a man passion unlike any he’s ever known. He’ll risk everything to be near her. When Luis (Antonio Banderas) takes Julia as his wife, he thinks his life is complete. 

But people aren’t always who they seem, and Luis’s life begins to unravel. When Julia disappears with his money, Luis is forced to look into Julia’s past – a past that doesn’t seem to exist – and finds that the woman he loves is accused of a brutal murder. Sex and love turn to rage and revenge, and Luis sets off to find his wife – but is he capable of playing her deadly game?

The woman: The beautiful Angelina Jolie in a role that allows her to reveal a new complexity to film audiences. Jolie plays Julia Russell, a woman of such commanding sexual confidence and so many entrancing secrets, men can’t help but be driven to distraction.

Using Cornell Woolrich’s classic thriller Waltz Into Darkness as inspiration, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer/director Michael Cristofer takes a provocative look at the twisting, turning territory where lust and love lead ordinary people into lives of deception … and murder.

Luis had wanted to marry without the complications of love – he knows an American bride will be the perfect status symbol and accessory to complement his life, and he meets Julia through correspondence. When Julia arrives in Cuba, however, everything he thought he wanted changes. Soon, all he wants is to possess her. She draws him into a realm of emotion and eroticism unlike any he’s ever known, and he falls deeply in love.



October 05, 2001


Michael Cristofer


Michael Cristofer (screenplay) & Cornell Woolrich (novel)


Metro Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)


Romance, Thriller




116 minutes