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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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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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The movie is a remake of 1956's A Kiss Before Dying (1956) directed by Gerd Oswald and starring Robert Wagner as the killer, and actresses Virginia Leith and Joanne Woodward as the two sisters. In this remake, actress Sean Young plays both the parts of the two sisters who in the original were played by these two different actresses. See more »

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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 »

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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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Above average thriller and a fantastic Matt Dillon
19 February 2011 | by (Iceland) – See all my reviews

Usually when a person is so motivated to go to any lengths to achieve his dream it's depicted as a good thing. But when that person is Jonathan Corliss (Dillon), it's a nightmare for those who care about him and bloody executions for those who stand in his way.

Matt Dillon's performance as a charming psychopath is what works very well in "A Kiss Before Dying". Corliss, a blue collar Philadelphia lad with huge ambitions, sets his sights on a Copper Baron's (Max Von Sydow) empire and plans to become a member of the family. When it becomes necessary to dispose of the Baron's daughter (Sean Young), Corliss (under an alias) moves on to her twin sister (Young again) and enters the family. But hiding his tracks and his former life proves quite the hassle and Corliss has no reservations with killing every one who stands in his way of greatness in the Copper business.

A double doze of Sean Young is a bit too much to take; she's simply an astonishingly bad actress but Dillon more than makes up for that. His Jonathan Corliss is a very memorable psychopath. It's never made crystal clear as to why he set his sights solely on Von Sydow's empire but his journey on the way is suspenseful. It's not a very graphic film but it does have some very nasty moments and disturbing death scenes.

Director Dearden makes no attempts in admitting his affection for Alfred Hitchcock and some moments here are obviously a tribute to the old master of suspense. The ending does feel a bit rushed but overall "A Kiss Before Dying" is an above average thriller with some striking and memorable set pieces.


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