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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  »

Box Office

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$15,429,177 (USA)
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Trivia

The original climax shot for the movie took place at the Carlsson Copper Factory, as it happens in Ira Levin's book, but it failed test screenings so the climax was changed to Jonathan's childhood home in Pennsylvania. See more »

Goofs

When Ellen brings Jay to meet her father, she enters the study with her hands tucked into her belt. However in the next shot, showing her from behind, her arms are by her side. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in Yes, Dear: A List Before Dying (2004) See more »

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Rubberman Rock This House
Written by Jon Moss
Performed by Rubberman
Courtesy of Big World Records
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Thriller with unachieved potential
14 June 1999 | by (Kalamazoo) – See all my reviews

I had high expectations for this film and was greatly disappointed. The plot seemed enthralling at first, but as the film progressed it seemed more like a bad tv movie than a major motion picture. A poorly developed story, actors the worst this side of green acres, and bad continuity all contributed to the movie's lackluster quality. The only attribute was Matt Dillon , who gave a nice portrayal of a nice guy/psychopath. I would only recommend this flick to moviegoers who enjoy Dillon's performances (as do I).


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