Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff
Director:Adrian Lyne
Writer:Stephen Schif
Samuel Goldwyn; R; 120 minutes
Cast:Jeremy Irons, Melanie Griffith, Frank Langella, Dominique Swain, Ben Silverstone, Emma Griffiths-Malin and Suzanne Shepherd
Based on the novel by Vladimir Nabokov

It took more than two years for Lolita to make it to the big screen. Major distributors wanted no part of the controversial film about a middle-aged man's sexual obsession with an adolescent. However, the film emerges surprisingly short on titillation. Instead, Lyne remains true to Nabokov's lyrical prose. Irons' Humbert Humbert elicits both empathy and outrage, and he doesn't pretend to justify or condone his actions. It's a daring, fabulous performance. Swain is equally convincing as the 12-year-old nymphet who seduces and lets herself be seduced. A thoughtful, intelligent film that far exceeds expectations.

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