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A Kiss Before Dying (1991)

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Realising his secret girlfriend 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 girlfriend 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 not a 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)  »

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Un beso antes de morir  »

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$15,429,177 (USA)
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In the film's source novel and in the earlier movie version, the Jonathan Corliss character played by Matt Dillon was called Burton Corliss (nicknamed Bud) whilst the two sister characters were called Ellen Kingship and Dorothy Kingship (nicknamed Dorie), and are renamed Ellen and Dorothy Carlsson in this remake, both being played by Sean Young, and instead also, both are made twins. Moreover, in the source book there was a third sister called Marion Kingship, who, like with the first film, does not appear. The Jeffrey Hunter character, who appeared in the original movie, is removed in this remake. See more »

Goofs

When Ellen looks out at the railroad tracks just prior to the final confrontation, she sees a freight train with a long line of cars with bright green Carlsson Copper logos. The logos, however, are printed on fake-looking prop fabrics draped over the cars. 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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Featured in 1992 MTV Movie Awards (1992) See more »

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Dangerous Love
Written by Simon Stokes & Mark Hefferman
Performed by Simon Stokes
Courtesy of Kook Records
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Has it's Moments, But Not Enough of Them
23 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A Kiss Before Dying is a remake, telling the story of a driven successful executive who murders a wealthy young girl, and than plots to marry and than murder her twin sister so that he can inherit a fortune from her father's huge cooperation.

Matt Dillon does a wonderful job as as the sinister youthful executive, who uses good looks, charm, and incredible manipulation to lure unsuspecting victims into his next con game. Dillon gives all the right moods and tone settings to his character. Matt makes the movie. The problem is the acting by the other characters, even the very talented Max Von Sydow is wasted and superficial. Sean Young, who plays the roles of both twin daughters doesn't bring enough suspense or energy to the part. Her vulnerabilities and weaknesses are demonstrated early on, making her even easier pray for Dillan's character.

However, the movie isn't as bad as some of the other reviewers have mentioned. It's a good little mystery flick to watch once or twice when it comes on just to see Matt Dillan's excellent performance. However, the lack of energy or suspense from the other characters indicates that they would rather be somewhere else than in this picture.

A Kiss Before Dying is a pretty good movie, but nowhere near what it could have been.


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