Original Sin

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Michael Cristofer
Production: MGM
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
116 min

"You cannot walk away from love."

That was the advertisement|in a Baltimore newspaper.

And that is how he found her.

She was a young woman|in need of a husband.

He was a man who wanted a wife.

Too late to talk sense to him now.

You can't marry her.|You've never met her.

I meet her today. The boat from America|comes at 6:00, we marry at 9:00...

...by 10:
00, I'm back at work.

Ridiculous. This is ridiculous.

A man needs a wife, isn't that what|you've been telling me? I sent for one.

From America.

What does she look like?

Comes a day in every man's life|when a band is playing...

...and he's the only one who can hear it.|Today is your day.

I love you, woman.

She is not beautiful.

She is not meant to be beautiful...

...just kind, true and young enough|to bear children.

Go on. The sun will be up any minute.|The boat will be coming in.

But what about love, Luis?|Doesn't love come into this at all?

Love is not for me, Alan.

Love is for those people who believe in it.

Let's go.

Why are you laughing at me?|You've been laughing at me all morning.

Never mind. You go! Go on!

No, this is not a love story.

Butitis a story aboutlove,|and the powerit has over ourlife.

The power to heal or destroy.

and this is where the story begins.

Mr. Vargas?

Luis Vargas?

You don't recognize me, do you?

Miss Russell?


Julia Russell?

But this, this picture--

I've deceived you.|I'm sorry. I shouldn't have.

I was unsure. You see...

...l didn't want you interested in me|just because I owned a pretty face.

So I sent another woman's photograph|and not my own.

I see.

I hope you forgive me.|I meant to write many times. I tried.

But my courage failed me. So l....


Now I stand before you as I am,|and you know the worst.

No, no.

Not the worst at all.

Only, not what I was expecting.

If my deception has altered|your intentions...

...if you're not satisfied--

No, it isn't that.

...l am determined to make my way back|to my home in Delaware.

-If you say so, I will.|-Miss Russell....

Miss Russell...

...you have been honest with me.

I will be honest with you, too.

I will admit to a deception of my own.

You are exactly the image|of your photograph.

Yes, I am.

But I wrote to you that I am a clerk...

...in a coffee export house. I am not.

I own the house.

The business is my own.

You did not want me|to be interested in you...

...just because you owned|a pretty bank account.


Then we have something in common.

We are both not to be trusted.

Of course, if my deception|has altered your intentions...

...if you are not interested|in marrying a wealthy man....

No, I think I could manage.

If you could manage|a somewhat prettier wife.

I'll make the effort.

Miss Russell.

Mr. Vargas.

Now we have all the time in the world|to get to know each other.

No, not all the time.

We are going to be married at 9:00.

Then we'd better hurry.

"Take this ring...

"...as a sign of my love...

"...and fidelity...

"...to you."



Ladies and gentlemen, a toast!

To our groom and his beautiful...

...enchanting bride!

Will you dance with me?


I don't dance.

I say you do.

May their life together be like this dance,|harmonious, smooth.

Dance for life never ending and--

Alan, enough is enough.

I'm almost through.

You're through now. Sit down.

-Good luck to you.|-Thank you.

Would you like to see the house?

Oh, no. I can see it tomorrow.

You must give me a few moments.|I'm shy of these things.

I will give you as many moments,|days, nights as you need.

When you want me to come to you...

...l will.

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Michael Cristofer

Michael Ivan Cristofer (born January 22, 1945) is an American playwright, filmmaker and actor. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play for The Shadow Box in 1977. more…

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