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Dead Again (1991)

An amnesiac and a private eye find they might have a past life connection.

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Mike Church is a Los Angeles private detective who specializes in finding missing persons. He takes on the case of a mute woman who is suffering from a total amnesia and doesn't even know her name. She keeps having nightmares involving the murder of a pianist, Margaret, by her husband Roman Strauss in the late 1940s. In an attempt to solve the mystery about her identity and her nightmares, Church accepts the help of an antiquary who arrives to offer his services as a hypnotist. The hypnosis sessions will soon begin to reveal some surprises. Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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A Mystery About True Love...And Certain Death. See more »


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Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

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30 August 1991 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$38,020,000 (USA)
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Robin Williams didn't want his name to appear in the opening credits as it might have misled audiences into thinking the film was a comedy. He only has 3 scenes with Kenneth Branagh and one with Emma Thompson. This was due to Robin doing 2 other movies the same year not from Paramount but from Tristar Pictures, which include Terry Gilliam's The Fisher King and Steven Spielberg's Hook. See more »

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The address on the driver's license Pete gives "Grace" has one street number on Hightower, then later, when Mike Church kicks in her door, the *real* address of the actual Hightower residence is on the exterior wall beside the door. See more »

Quotes

Cozy Carlisle: You take what you've learned from this life and use it in the next. That's karma.
Mike Church: I thought karma was I do something bad in this life and I'm a termite in the next.
Cozy Carlisle: Hey, if you ask me, pal, you're already a termite in this life in a shitty suit, OK?
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Jo Anderson and Patrick Doyle are each credited twice for their dual roles in this movie. See more »

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References I, Claudius (1976) See more »

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Overlooked Branagh Gem
14 January 2000 | by (AB Canada) – See all my reviews

I didn't catch this one until it hit a discount theatre in Miami Beach, but I'm glad I did. Whatever the status of Branagh and Thompson's relationship at the time, they project a fantastic chemistry as lovers karmically doomed to repeat the same mistakes over and over again, or so we are led to believe. Branagh has a fantastic directorial sense, honed in his years with Shakespearian theatre, and the intertwining of black-and white and colour footage to evoke different time periods works to great effect. Supporting players Derek Jacobi, Robin Williams, and Andy Garcia put in excellent performances, and the serviceable plot is made transcendant by this fine group of actors. Although some of the gore is a bit heavy, it doesn't overwhelm the story, something Branagh learned no doubt from the films of Alfred Hitchcock, and like the works of Hitchcock, even after the mystery is finally sorted out, the film continues to reward with repeat viewings. So, if the last copy of Blair Witch is out, and you're looking for a bit of suspense that isn't all blood and guts, give this one a try. You'll feel enlightened.


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