Original Release: July 11, 2001 (France) and July 31, 2001 (US)
Directed by: Michael Cristofer
Written by: Cornell Woolrich, Michael Cristofer
Produced by: Cornell Woolrich, Michael Cristofer
Running Time: 116 minutes (Theatrical Version)
Box Office: $16,252,765 (US)
When a man selects a mail order bride, he is surprised to see the beauty who appears before him. She alleges that she sent false photos to him to assure that he would love her for what she is and not for her beauty. However, what she is is a con artist, prostitute, and actress, who teams with a fellow actor to steal money from men. What she does not expect is that she falls in love with her new husband and ultimately must decide between him and her sadistic former lover. Contains explicit sex including sadistic acts as Thomas Jane cuts Jolie's back with a knife as part of their lovemaking.
Antonio Banderas (Luis Antonio Vargas), Thomas Jane (Billy / Walter Downs / Mephisto), Jack Thompson (Alan Jordan), Gregory Itzin (Colonel Worth), Allison Mackie (Augusta Jordan), Joan Pringle (Sara), Cordelia Richards (Emily Russell), James Haven (Faust - Stage), Pedro Armendáriz Jr. (Jorge Cortés)
- Estudios Churubusco Azteca, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
- The working title for this film was "Dancing in the Dark" but the title was changed to avoid confusion with Dancer in the Dark (2000).
- Angelina Jolie's brother James Haven has a very small part as Faust, one of the characters in the theatre play that Julia and Luis goes to see.
- Any qualms Melanie Griffith might have had about the explicit sex scenes between her husband Antonio Banderas and Angelina Jolie carrying on off-set were swiftly dealt a blow when Jolie eloped with her second husband Billy Bob Thornton around the time the movie was filmed.
- Michelle Pfeiffer's production company had originally purchased the rights to the novel with the intention that Pfeiffer herself would star. However the actress opted to simply serve as producer on the film.
- The plantation house is a real sugar cane plantation manor, albeit abandoned.
- Some footage had to be cut in order to avoid an "NC-17" rating.
- The last film produced under Michelle Pfeiffer's production company, Via Rosa Productions.
- This is a remake of director François Truffaut's Mississippi Mermaid (1969) starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Catherine Deneuve.
- Theatrical Cut/R-Rated Version - 116 minutes.
- Unrated Version - 118 minutes.
Approximately 4 minutes of sexually explicit material has been cut from cable showings, even on the late-night showings on non-commercial premium cable channels. Both R-rated and Unrated editions have been released on Region 1 DVD.
The original theatrical release did contain explicit sex scenes, but as currently shown on cable, every time someone is about to go to bed with someone else, the scene fades out and returns to the same locale the next morning. In the original version, Julia's first sexual encounter with Luis is graphically shown, as is their encounter when he finds her in the hotel.
Julia Russell / Bonny Castle: No, not me. You don't love me.
Luis Antonio Vargas: Julia, I just killed a man!
Julia Russell / Bonny Castle: I just bought a hat.
Luis Antonio Vargas: Have you no conscience at all? I mean...
Julia Russell / Bonny Castle: Yes of course I do. But you see, I don't let it get the best of me. It's just something that happened. It had to be done. And when something has to be done, you do it, right? So here's to us, a short life, but an exciting one.
Julia Russell / Bonny Castle: No this is not a love story, but it is a story about love. About those who give in into it, and the price they pay. And those who run away from it, because they are afraid, or because they do not believe they're worthy of it. She ran away. He gave in.
Luis Antonio Vargas: Christ! You'll be the death for me.
Julia Russell / Bonny Castle: Oh... I hope so.
Julia Russell / Bonny Castle: You did not want a woman to be interested in you just because you owned a pretty bank account.
Luis Antonio Vargas: Um, yes.
Julia Russell / Bonny Castle: Yes. Well, then we have something in common. We are both not to be trusted.
Julia Russell / Bonny Castle: If someone would bring me my coffee every morning before I dressed, I would be very happy. It would change the day.
Julia Russell / Bonny Castle: It's the theater. I love it - even the cheap melodrama.
Julia Russell / Bonny Castle: You cannot walk away from love. That was the advertisement in a Baltimore newspaper. And that is how he found her.
Luis Antonio Vargas: I don't dance.
Julia Russell / Bonny Castle: I say you do.
Luis Antonio Vargas: Do you love me, Julia?
Julia Russell / Bonny Castle: Do you love me? Or you're not the loving kind?
Luis Antonio Vargas: What is your name?
Julia Russell / Bonny Castle: Bonnie. Bonnie Castle.
Luis Antonio Vargas: Is that your christian name?
Julia Russell / Bonny Castle: It would be... If I were a Christian.