Black Widow (2007 film)

Black Widow is a 2007 made-for-television movie produced by RHI Entertainment and starring Elizabeth Berkley, Alicia Coppola and Adriana DeMeo. It is loosely based on the 1987 film of the same name starring Debra Winger and Theresa Russell.[1]

Black Widow
Promotional poster
Directed byArmand Mastroianni
Produced byErik Heiberg
Larry Levinson Productions
James Wilberger
Written byRiley Weston
Story byRiley Weston
Jeremy Bernstein
Based onBlack Widow
by Ronald Bass
StarringElizabeth Berkley
Alicia Coppola
Adriana DeMeo
Randall Batinkoff
Barbara Niven
Tembi Locke
Joel Anderson
Brady Smith
David Ury
Music byZack Ryan
CinematographyMark Mervis
Edited byChristine Kelley
Distributed byRHI Entertainment (U.S.)
Release date
  • May 17, 2008 (2008-05-17)
Running time
89 min.
CountryUnited States
Budget$2,000,000 (Estimated)

Black Widow re-unites Elizabeth Berkley and Randall Batinkoff, who starred together four years previously in the action thriller The Detonator.[2] Adriana DeMeo stars in crime series Without a Trace, for which Elizabeth Berkley has made a notable special guest appearance.

The film was originally released in 2007, before being re-cut and re-released in 2008 under the title Dark Beauty.[3][4]


Olivia (Elizabeth Berkley), is young, beautiful, brilliant, and effortlessly charming. She is a dedicated charity worker, responsible for establishing free clinics across the country for poor women. When she meets millionaire Danny Keegan (Randall Batinkoff), the pair soon form a relationship and he falls for her. However, it soon becomes clear that not everyone admires Olivia. Danny’s college friend, Melanie (Alicia Coppola), a photo journalist for the Los Angeles Post, thinks that there is something suspicious about Olivia and soon wants to learn more about the mysterious woman.

With the help of her assistant, Finn (Adriana DeMeo), Melanie discovers the truth about Olivia, finding out that her Ph.D. is fake, that she is responsible for many acts of embezzlement and that she has another lover on the side. Then she discovers Olivia’s numerous identities, the multiple marriages that have left her very rich, and the suspicious deaths of each of her husbands. Soon enough, Olivia realizes that Melanie is on to her and begins to take action against her. She will do anything to protect herself, even if it comes to murder.



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