A Kiss Before Dying (1991)

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


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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

26 April 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Kuß vor dem Tode  »

Box Office


$15,429,177 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The movie was nominated for two Razzies at the 12th Golden Raspberry Awards in 1992. For her dual role as twins in this film, actress Sean Young won Razzies for both Worst Actress and Worst Supporting Actress. With this movie, Young became the first actress to be awarded two Golden Raspberry Awards in the same year. See more »


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Book good, Movie not.
27 August 2003 | by (Conn) – See all my reviews

The movie "a kiss before dying" couldn't even begin to do the book justice and had no magnatism to it whatsoever. Most people who read the book will probably concede it was better and if you haven't seen this movie and are thinking of it-don't read the book before hand or you will be sorely disappointed. Read it afterward and see what a mess they made of the movie.

The acting here was not convincing(no offence to Matt Dillion) but how much better would this have been if Ed Norton played the psycho? The book was pretty darn scary, the movie is your typical horror-and a bad one at that.

Maybe I was spoiled by the book, but even had there not been an original book this movie just didn't have anything to it to make it stand out and with the ADDED bonus of there having been a book in the first place it only succeeds in detracting from the movie's allure. Not the worst thriller ever made but far from the best.

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