6.4/10
82,559
176 user 52 critic

Death Becomes Her (1992)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror | 31 July 1992 (USA)
When a woman learns of an immortality treatment, she sees it as a way to outdo her long-time rival.

Director:

Reviews
Popularity
2,862 ( 373)

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

She-Devil (1989)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A cunning and resourceful housewife vows revenge on her husband when he begins an affair with a wealthy romance novelist.

Director: Susan Seidelman
Stars: Meryl Streep, Roseanne Barr, Ed Begley Jr.
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A comical Gothic horror-movie-type family tries to rescue their beloved uncle from his gold-digging new love.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Stars: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Con artists plan to fleece an eccentric family using an accomplice who claims to be their long-lost uncle.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Stars: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Three single women in a picturesque village have their wishes granted - at a cost - when a mysterious and flamboyant man arrives in their lives.

Director: George Miller
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

After a single, career-minded woman is left on her own to give birth to the child of a married man, she finds a new romantic chance in a cab driver. Meanwhile, the point-of-view of the newborn boy is narrated through voice-over.

Director: Amy Heckerling
Stars: John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Olympia Dukakis
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Reunited by the death of a college friend, three divorced women seek revenge on the husbands who left them for younger women.

Director: Hugh Wilson
Stars: Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, Diane Keaton
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The wife of a university research scientist believes that her lakeside Vermont home is haunted by a ghost - or that she is losing her mind.

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Harrison Ford, Michelle Pfeiffer, Katharine Towne
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Chagall
...
Dakota
...
Rose
...
Psychologist (as Alaina Reed Hall)
...
Anna
...
Vivian Adams
William Frankfather ...
Mr. Franklin
...
Eulogist
...
Opening Man
...
Opening Woman
...
Second Man
Edit

Storyline

In 1978, in Broadway, the decadent and narcissist actress Madeline Ashton is performing Songbird, based on Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth. Then she receives her rival Helen Sharp, who is an aspiring writer, and her fiancé Ernest Menville, who is a plastic surgeon, in her dressing-room. Soon Menville calls off his commitment with Helen and marries Madeline. Seven years later, Helen is obese in a psychiatric hospital and obsessed in seeking revenge on Madeline. In 1992, the marriage of Madeline and Menville is finished and he is no longer a surgeon but an alcoholic caretaker. Out of the blue, they are invited to a party where Helen will release her novel Forever Young and Madeline goes to a beauty shop. The owner gives a business card of the specialist in rejuvenation Lisle Von Rhuman to her. When the envious Madeline sees Helen thin in a perfect shape, she decides to seek out Lisle and buys a potion to become young again. Further, she advises that Madeline must take care of ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

In one small bottle... The fountain of youth. The secret of eternal life. The power of an ancient potion. Sometimes it works... sometimes it doesn't. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some nudity and off-color humor | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

31 July 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La muerte le sienta bien  »

Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$58,422,650 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

When Helen comes to the mansion to speak with Earnest, and tells him she has changed from the woman he once knew - telling him she can say the words "sexy" and "sex" - she has red lipstick on her top teeth the whole time. See more »

Goofs

Just before Madeline falls down the stairs, thunder can be heard at the same time as the lightning. This indicates that it's directly overhead, yet the storm is not very violent. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Opening Man: [leaving the theatre in the rain] Can you believe that? A musical version of "Sweet Bird of Youth."Who are they kidding?
Opening Woman: Thank God you wanted to leave...
Second Woman: Can you believe Madeline Ashton? Talk about waking the dead.
Second Man: I gotta get a drink...
[zoom in on discarded playbill featuring Madeline Ashton]
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Chasing Life: Death Becomes Her (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus
(uncredited)
Written by Richard Wagner
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Cult Classic
10 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I never saw "Death Becomes Her" when it first come out because of a review I had read somewhere. The review was dismissive and made a lot of sense, so I decided to give it a miss. What a terrible mistake! This is a movie I would love to see on a big screen. The script is so brilliantly clever. Disguised as a silly comedy there is a world of serious themes executed by a knowing cast. Meryl Streep in particular, playing convincingly an actress without talent. I remember the bad review criticized the writers for setting the story in a rainy, stormy Los Angeles when California was going through a drought. Imagine if a comedy about magic potions should worry about the accuracy of the weather. In fact the Los Angeles of "Death Becomes Her" feels more like Los Angelers than most realistic movies and it does it with nerve and wit. "In 12 years in Los Angeles have you ever seen a neighbor?" screams Meryl to his mousy Bruce. An absolute delight. Other hidden treasures are a cameo from Sidney Pollack and a very funny and very sexy "76 years old" Isabella Rossellini. A new cult classic and a total must.


100 of 106 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?