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The producers of the film wanted River Phoenix to play the lead. They approached him several times for the role, and kept increasing their offers, but he didn't feel a connection to the material and felt he was unsuitable to play the part, so repeatedly turned it down.
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Adam Horovitz is seen driving a Volkswagen Beetle in the film - in real life, as Ad-Rock (of the Beastie Boys) - he wore a VW emblem as a medallion on stage.
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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.
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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.
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When Dorothy plummets to her death at the beginning of the film, her body flies down in front of a window. Inside the room a man and a woman can be seen kissing each other.
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Final film to use the Universal Studios's 75th Anniversary logo.
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The film's director James Dearden had written the screenplay for Fatal Attraction (1987). Many movie posters for the film feature a slogan positioned above the names of the two lead stars reading: "From the creator of Fatal Attraction (1987)".
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The movie was nominated for two Razzies at the 12th Golden Raspberry Awards in 1992. For her dual role as twins in this film, actress Sean Young won Razzies for both Worst Actress and Worst Supporting Actress. With this movie, Young became the first actress to be awarded two Golden Raspberry Awards in the same year.
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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).
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Sean Young replaced Bridget Fonda. Young signed on after Fonda quit the production due to scheduling conflicts.
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Actresses Diane Lane and Penelope Ann Miller were each considered for the dual roles of Ellen and Dorothy but both actresses turned it down.
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The film was made and released about thirty-eight years after its source novel of the same name by Ira Levin had been first published in 1953.
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Ira Levin's "A Kiss Before Dying" novel won the 1954 Edgar Award for Best First Novel.
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First of two consecutive thrillers for actress Sean Young who in 1992 would star in the erotic thriller Love Crimes (1992). At the Golden Raspberry Awards Young again would be Razzie nominated for Worst Actress for the subsequent film having won the Award for this film (along with Worst Supporting Actress).
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The movie's original ending was shot in a steel mill in Wales, that served as scenario for the Carlsson Copper Factory. After the ending failed test screenings, it was re-written and re-shot in Jonathan's childhood home in Pennsylvania. A few scenes of the original ending can be seen in the theatrical trailer: Jonathan and Ellen wearing helmets at the factory, Jonathan throwing an unidentified man off a crane and Jonathan chasing after Ellen. The trailer also shows unseen scenes such as Jonathan looking through a window blind and a door knob being forced while Jonathan hides behind it with a stretched rope. A few promotional stills for the film show a few more unseen scenes: Ellen and Cathy chatting in the street, Thor grabbing Ellen by her shoulders, Thor, Jonathan and Ellen standing next to a helicopter, Jonathan and Ellen wearing flowery shirts holding exotic drinks.
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Actress Sean Young sports blond hair in this film when playing the supporting role of Dorothy Carlsson. In her other role as Ellen Carlsson, Young is seen with her usual dark hair.
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According to Edwin Jahiel, the movie "blends the style of 1940s and 1950's films noirs with several homages to 'Alfred Hitchcock', some devious, others obvious, like Ellen watching Vertigo (1958) on TV; or like references to Psycho (1960), notably in a steamy sex scene inside a steamy shower, and a close-up of the drain".
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Star Billing: Matt Dillon (1st), Sean Young, Max von Sydow (3rd), Diane Ladd (4th) and James Russo (5th).
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The picture was made and released about thirty-five years after the original movie A Kiss Before Dying (1956) had first debuted in 1956.
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Sean Young plays dual roles in this movie. Young portrays two twin sisters, Ellen Carlsson and Dorothy Carlsson.
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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.
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First of two early 1990s filmed adaptations from published works by writer Ira Levin. The second picture would be around two years later with Sharon Stone in Sliver (1993).
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The film takes place in 1987 and 1990.
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The movie was filmed during March, April and May 1990.
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The picture's opening title card read: "University of Pennsylvania 1987".
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