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A Kiss Before Dying (1991)

R  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Thriller  |  26 April 1991 (USA)
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Realising his secret girl-friend Dorothy's pregnancy will sour her relations with her ultra-rich father, career-minded Philadelphia student Jonathan Corliss coolly murders her, making it ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Bonfanti ...
Young Jonathan
Sarah Keller ...
Lecturer
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Ellen / Dorothy Carlsson
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Patricia Farren
Lia Chang ...
Shoe Saleslady
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Jonathan Corliss
Yvette Edelhart ...
Screaming Lady
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Thor Carlsson
Jim Fyfe ...
Terry Dieter
Lachele Carl ...
Reporter
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Waitress
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Commissioner Malley
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Dan Corelli
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Mrs. Corliss
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Jay Faraday
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Storyline

Realising his secret girl-friend 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 no suicide forces him to kill again. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Loving him was easy. Trusting him was deadly.


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

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26 April 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Kuß vor dem Tode  »

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$15,429,177 (USA)
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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 »

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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 »

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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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Version of A Kiss Before Dying (1956) See more »

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Written by Miles Davis
Performed by Miles Davis
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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Totally awful. I expected more.
7 April 2002 | by (Jefferson City, MO) – See all my reviews

As one of my favorite cartoon characters once said, "It was awful. Worse than awful. It reeked. It oozed badness from every pore...Well, maybe not THAT bad, but Lord it wasn't good." Loads of bad acting. I can't imagine why. Matt Dillon is a good actor. I was actually watching to see Ben Browder (currently of Farscape). Even he was less than stellar. I'll attribute it to bad writing (Ouch! And me an aspiring writer). At any rate, the plot of the movie was acceptable. I like a good murder mystery (even if it wasn't that much of mystery to the audience). This is definitely a movie that would have benefited from a better director, writer, editor, producer, etc.


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