MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 35 this week

A Kiss Before Dying (1991)

R  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Thriller  |  26 April 1991 (USA)
5.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.6/10 from 3,707 users  
Reviews: 39 user | 11 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

10 Best Back-to-School TV Shows

Dust off your varsity jacket and get excited for fall with our list of the 10 best back-to-school TV shows.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 190 titles
created 26 Mar 2011
 
a list of 3995 titles
created 08 Nov 2011
 
a list of 1250 titles
created 09 Jul 2012
 
list image
a list of 413 titles
created 08 Dec 2013
 
a list of 21 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: A Kiss Before Dying (1991)

A Kiss Before Dying (1991) on IMDb 5.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of A Kiss Before Dying.

User Polls

2 wins. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A ruthless college student resorts to murder in a futile attempt to marry an heiress.

Director: Gerd Oswald
Stars: Robert Wagner, Jeffrey Hunter, Virginia Leith
Mr. Wonderful (1993)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Electrician Gus gets the chance to fulfill a childhood dream by buying an old bowling-alley with some of his friends. Unfortunately, due to the alimony payments he has to make to his ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Minghella
Stars: Matt Dillon, Annabella Sciorra, Mary-Louise Parker
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Jeffrey Willis has just finished high school and isn't quite sure what the future holds. His parents expect him to go to college but he is starting to find his close-knit family stifling. ... See full summary »

Director: Garry Marshall
Stars: Matt Dillon, Hector Elizondo, Molly McCarthy
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Richard and Priscilla Parker's lives take a turn for the better when Eddy and Kay move into the house next door. Eddy's a risk taker and shows his new neighbours how to enjoy life at the ... See full summary »

Director: Alan J. Pakula
Stars: Kevin Kline, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Kevin Spacey
Bad Influence (1990)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Michael, a wimpy young executive, is about to get pulverized by a jealous boyfriend in a bar when a handsome, mysterious stranger steps in--and then disappears. Later that night, while ... See full summary »

Director: Curtis Hanson
Stars: Rob Lowe, James Spader, Lisa Zane
Tex (1982)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Coming-of-age adventure about two teenage brothers and their struggles to grow up, on their own, after their mother dies and their father leaves them.

Director: Tim Hunter
Stars: Matt Dillon, Jim Metzler, Meg Tilly
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A corporate raider threatens a hostile take-over of a "mom and pop" company. The patriarch of the company enlists the help of his wife's daughter, who is a lawyer, to try and protect the ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Jewison
Stars: Danny DeVito, Gregory Peck, Penelope Ann Miller
Rebel (1985)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

This drama is set in World War II Australia, where an American Marine, Rebel is recuperating from wounds suffered in battle. He is weary of war and is intent on going AWOL and escaping from... See full summary »

Director: Michael Jenkins
Stars: Matt Dillon, Debra Byrne, Bryan Brown
Deceived (1991)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A marriage that seemed perfect comes crashing down after the death of Jack Saunders, husband of Adrienne Saunders. Strange developments begin to be discovered by Adrienne regarding Jack's ... See full summary »

Director: Damian Harris
Stars: Goldie Hawn, John Heard, Damon Redfern
Black Widow (1987)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A federal investigator tracks down a gold digging woman who moves from husband to husband, kills them and collects the inheritance.

Director: Bob Rafelson
Stars: Debra Winger, Theresa Russell, Sami Frey
Just Cause (1995)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A Harvard professor is lured back into the courtroom after 25 years to take the case of a young black man condemned to death for the horrific murder of a child.

Director: Arne Glimcher
Stars: Sean Connery, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Capshaw
Betrayed (1988)
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An FBI agent posing as a combine driver becomes romantically involved with a Midwest farmer who lives a double life as a white supremacist.

Director: Costa-Gavras
Stars: Debra Winger, Tom Berenger, John Heard
Edit

Cast

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

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}

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

26 April 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Kuß vor dem Tode  »

Box Office

Gross:

$15,429,177 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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.
See more »

Connections

Version of A Kiss Before Dying (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Transfusion
Written by Justin Langlands & David Henley
Performed by Blood Brothers
Courtesy of Big World Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
I liked the original better
3 July 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With a few changes, and for reasons known only to themselves, the powers that be remade 1956's "A Kiss Before Dying" in 1991. Now the sisters are twins, and the plot is taken out further - rather than just getting engaged, Ellen now marries the killer. That's not a spoiler - we see him murder her sister in the first reel.

The original of this film, with Robert Wagner, Joanne Woodward, Jeffrey Hunter, Virginia Leith and Mary Astor was much more entertaining. This update is boring and acted in a lazy manner by its stars, Sean Young I, Sean Young II, and Matt Dillon. Isn't one Sean Young bad enough, we had to have two of them? Supporting players Diane Ladd and Max von Sydow have precious little to do. The only part I liked was the scene from "Vertigo" on TV - but I do hope the director wasn't trying to compare himself to Hitchcock.

I don't understand Hollywood's obsession with remakes, except that I suppose they're cheaper because the studio already owns the property. But a fresh story line here and there wouldn't hurt. On top of which, it is a rare occasion when the remake is actually better. This is not one of those cases.


19 of 28 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
one good scene though jcjlf
watch the original mattie0218
Sean Young is Just Boring LibraSuVirgo
Best performance gdhs1
Deleted scenes JackForrester
WHAT WAS YOUR * RATING THEN ? DawnRun
Discuss A Kiss Before Dying (1991) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?