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A Kiss Before Dying (1991)

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A determined student murders his pregnant secret girlfriend and moves onto her twin sister who gradually becomes suspicious of her new lover.

Director:

James Dearden

Writers:

Ira Levin (novel), James Dearden (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Bonfanti James Bonfanti ... Young Jonathan
Sarah Keller Sarah Keller ... Lecturer
Sean Young ... Ellen / Dorothy Carlsson
Martha Gehman ... Patricia Farren
Lia Chang Lia Chang ... Shoe Saleslady
Matt Dillon ... Jonathan Corliss
Yvette Edelhart Yvette Edelhart ... Screaming Lady
Max von Sydow ... Thor Carlsson
Jim Fyfe ... Terry Dieter
Lachele Carl Lachele Carl ... Reporter
Briony Glassco Briony Glassco ... Waitress
Shane Rimmer ... Commissioner Malley
James Russo ... Dan Corelli
Diane Ladd ... Mrs. Corliss
Adam Horovitz ... Jay Faraday
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Storyline

Realising his secret girlfriend Dorothy's pregnancy will sour her relations with her ultra-rich father, career-minded Philadelphia student Jonathan Corliss coolly murders her, making it look like suicide. He then moves to New York to woo her twin sister Ellen. All seems to go well for him, although Ellen's continued investigations into what she is convinced was not a suicide forces him to kill again. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for areas of strong violence, graphic sensuality, and some language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Kiss Before Dying See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,348,165, 28 April 1991

Gross USA:

$15,429,177

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,429,177
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Edwin Jahiel, the movie "blends the style of 1940s and 1950's films noirs with several homages to 'Alfred Hitchcock', some devious, others obvious, like Ellen watching Vertigo (1958) on TV; or like references to Psycho (1960), notably in a steamy sex scene inside a steamy shower, and a close-up of the drain". See more »

Goofs

When Ellen and Jonathan take the injured homeless woman to the hospital, Ellen talks to a nurse and offers to pay the bill. First, the nurse is wearing a stiff white cap and uniform. Most nurses, especially in the ER, had stopped wearing this type of uniform by the time the film was set. Also, she gives the nurse the money for the bill. Nurses do not handle billing and collection in hospitals. Plus, she didn't seem to know how much the bill was. And no receipt? See more »

Quotes

Nurse: She's got two broken ribs, a broken jaw, and a bad concussion. We're going to keep her overnight for observation.
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Connections

Remade as Baazigar (1993) See more »

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Naked In The Rain
Written by Durga McBroom & Martin Glover
Performed by Blue Pearl
Courtesy of Big Life Records
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Not all that bad.
31 July 2000 | by bigpappa1--2See all my reviews

Ambitous Matt Dillion marries wealthy Sean Young, but his intentions are murderous and he is after her money.

Well done thriller is sexy, stylish, and fun and pays plenty of homage to the grand master of suspense Hitchcock. Two complaints though, Max Von Sydow's downright embarrassing perfromance and the ending feels a bit rushed. (It was changed at the last minute by the studio after the original ending didn't play well with test audiences.) My rating: 7 out of 10.


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