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Lolita (1997)

A man marries his landlady so he can take advantage of her daughter.

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Keith Reddin ...
Reverend Rigger
Erin J. Dean ...
Mona
Joan Glover ...
Miss LaBone
Pat Pierre Perkins ...
Louise (as Pat P. Perkins)
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Dr. Melinik
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Mr. Beale
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Mrs. Holmes
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Young Humbert Humbert
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Annabel Lee (as Emma Griffiths-Malin)
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Young Humbert's Father
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Storyline

Humbert Humbert, a British professor coming to the US to teach, rents a room in Charlotte Haze's house, but only after he sees her 14-year-old daughter, Dolores (Lolita), to whom he is immediately attracted. Though he hates the mother, he marries her as this is the only way to be close to the girl, who will prove to be too mature for her age. They start a journey together, trying to hide they're not just (step)father and daughter, throughout the country, being followed by someone whom Humbert first suspects to be from the police. The profound jealousy, and maybe some guilt from the forbidden love, seem slowly to drive the man emotionally labile. Written by Luis Canau <luis..canau@mail.EUnet.pt>

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Forbidden, Provocative, Unforgettable. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for aberrant sexuality, a strong scene of violence, nudity and some language | See all certifications »

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25 September 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Лолита  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$62,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,492, 26 July 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,400,000
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Trivia

Over 2500 girls, including Christina Ricci and Melissa Joan Hart, tried out for the title role. See more »

Goofs

The movie should end in 1952, not 1950. Like the novel, the year is 1947 when Humbert meets Lolita, but the book states that both cross country trips and the time they spend at Beardsley amounts to about 2 years. The film has the same "3 years later" time jump as the novel, but there's no way from summer of 1947 to fall of 1950 could they have spent a year traveling the country, stayed in Beardsley for most of the school year, had another few months on a second cross country trip, and then have Humbert searching for Lolita for 3 years. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Humbert: [voiceover] She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks, she was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always - Lolita. Light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin. My soul.
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Humbert: Lolita.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits are over there is a brief clip where Lolita is shown juggling a red apple. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Riverdale: Chapter Four: The Last Picture Show (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Night On Bald Mountain
Written by Modest Mussorgsky
Arranged by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performed by Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (as L'Orchestre de Suisse Romande)
Conducted by Ernest Ansermet
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Art is a divine game
11 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

I had read Nabokov's book and watched the older movie too. What i liked about this more recent version is Jeremy Irons playing the part of Humbert Humbert and so precisely. This film in my eyes had a certain Kubrick quality to it. This is high souled genius if you ask me with a fervent faith that art is a divine game. and that pleasure in art consists in following the moves of the game with the artist himself when he communicates his own playful and Godlike bliss. Poet and pervert, Humbert becomes obsessed with twelve year old Lolita and seeks to possess her, first physically and then artistically, out of love. The magic of nymphets. This is a dizzying seduction, a masterpiece in a strange dimension, very rich. Lolita is a major work in fiction, equally intense as wildly funny. A Medusa's head with trick paper snakes chewing gum. Beautiful and original, pervasively and continuously funny, with a humour that is both savage and farcical which comes to a most interesting and I repeat most interesting and unexpected ending.


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