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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)  »

Also Known As:

Der Kuß vor dem Tode  »

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$15,429,177 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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One of a cycle of thrillers made during the early 1990s which were set around husband and wife characters. The films include Malice (1993), Deceived (1991), Shattered (1991), Mortal Thoughts (1991), Consenting Adults (1992), Unlawful Entry (1992), Presumed Innocent (1990), Guilty as Sin (1993), Sleeping with the Enemy (1991) and A Kiss Before Dying (1991). See more »

Goofs

When Ellen discovers her sister's lighter among Jonathan's souvenirs, it lights on the first attempt. It is a fuel-burning lighter, which, after extended storage, would not have worked at all, the fuel having long since evaporated. 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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Features Vertigo (1958) See more »

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Naked In The Rain
Written by Durga McBroom & Martin Glover
Performed by Blue Pearl
Courtesy of Big Life Records
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Hitchcock tribute
23 January 2006 | by (Waiheke Island, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

The large part of the fun of watching A Kiss Before Dying is looking out for the number of Hitchcock movie moments the film is paying tribute to: from Psycho's shower shots and the lonesome mother's house our Norman Bates has escaped from, to the bleaching of the heroine and taking the Kim Novak role a la Vertigo with possibly lethal consequences. I was hugely amused and never mind the creaking plot. On a technical level, I loved the Technicolor hue of the film, very Hitchcock period too. I'm not sure why the lead actress, Sean Young, got a double Razzie award for her dual role. It seems undeserved. I'm sure there must have been far worse performances in 1991 to choose from.


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