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I Love You to Death (1990)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 6 April 1990 (USA)
Joey owns a pizza parlor, and is married to Rosalie. He's also a serial womanizer. Rosalie goes to extremes when she finds he has been cheating.

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Storyline

Joey works with Rosalie in their pizza parlor. She is convinced that he works all of the time for them and her world dissolves when she finds that he has been fooling around for years. Being Catholic, divorce is out of the question, so she and her mother and her best friend decide to kill him. Hopelessly incompetent as killers, they hire incompetent professionals as they beat, poison, and shoot Joey who remains oblivious to their attempts. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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With These People Trying To Kill Him, Joey Boca May Just Live Forever See more »

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Comedy | Crime

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6 April 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ich liebe Dich zu Tode  »

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$16,186,793 (USA)
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Trivia

The true events that inspired the fictional "I Love You to Death" first came to the attention of Producer Ron Moler in 1984, when he heard the story of Tony Toto and Frances Toto, and the five unsuccessful attempts on Tony's life. Moler and co-Producer Patrick Wells began developing the material for a theatrical film, and brought Screenwriter John Kostmayer in to write the script. The characters of Joey Boca (Kevin Kline) and Rosalie Boca (Tracey Ullman) , Kostmayer said, are people driven by passion to behave irrationally, but who "have a sweetness in them so deep, that they're prepared' to forgive infidelity, attempted murder, lies, betrayal, every crime against marriage, and start all over again". See more »

Goofs

In the opening title sequence, a close up of Kline preparing pizza shows a wedding ring on his left hand. But when he is seen, in a tight shot of his hands, slicing mushrooms like a pro (i.e. his mushroom slicing double), there is no ring. See more »

Quotes

Lacey: Joey, if you're such a good Catholic, why do you commit adultery?
Joey Boca: I'm a man; I got a lot of hormones in my body.
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Bob Saget/TLC (1995) See more »

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Non Dimenticar (T'ho Voluto Bene)
Written by P.G. Redi, Michele Galdieri (as M. Galdieri), and S. Dobbins
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Comedy of Errors
4 February 2001 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

Remarkably, the film is based on a real event. But it takes off from that base and becomes a screwball comedy in the classic style.

Wonderfully droll performances are given by everyone in this Hitchcock-like farce about a murder that doesn't quite work and a man who just won't die. Joan Plowright steals every scene she is in -- which isn't easy in a film that is full of so many zany plot twists and hilarious lines of dialogue.

This film is a little gem of a comedy. See it if you can.


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