Dead Again (1991)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  30 August 1991 (USA)
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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 mystery woman whom he calls Grace. She is suffering from amnesia and has no memories of her own. 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 these nightmares, Church seeks the help of Madson who is an antiques dealer with the gift of hypnosis. The hypnosis sessions will soon begin to reveal some surprises. Written by Sami Al-Taher <>

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Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 August 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Volver a morir  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)


$38,020,000 (USA)

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One of two theatrical feature films that actor Campbell Scott appeared in that were released in 1991 with titles that evoked morbidity. The movies are Dead Again (1991) and Dying Young (1991). See more »


Grace says "I know my left hand from my right hand" but gestures with the wrong hands. See more »


Pete: I've known Mike Church forever. He would never hurt her.
Franklyn Madson: This is fate we're talking about, and if fate works at all, it works because people think that THIS TIME, it isn't going to happen!
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Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh are each credited twice for their dual roles in this movie. See more »


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oh, I really like this movie!
17 July 2003 | by (here and now) – See all my reviews

I just finished watching "Dead Again" for the second time, and I really dig it. It's a well-made thriller, and Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson were always great together. It has an interesting story, a couple of good jump moments, and good supporting performances from Robin Williams and whatshisname who played Newman on "Seinfeld". The Hitchcock homage isn't overdone, and there are some nicely-placed visual clues (although one of them is far too obvious, the others are more subtle), as well as little references to other films the actors have been in before. Derek Jacobi is soooo good at being slimy, and the entire end sequence is tense and well-edited. That said, the big twist toward the end of the movie does poke a couple of plot holes, and causes some real loss of tension at the end of the movie- placing the big revelation much closer to the end might have made a big difference in the division of opinions about this movie. Either way, it's pretty enjoyable- well worth renting on a rainy night.

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