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Death Becomes Her (1992)

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

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Helen, a writer, and Madeline, an actress, have hated each other for years. Madeline is married to Ernest, who was once Helen's fiance. After she recovers from a mental breakdown, Helen vows revenge by stealing back Ernest and plotting to kill Madeline. Both rivals have secretly drunk a miracle cure for aging; they accidentally discover, when each tries to eliminate the other, that they have become immortal and that "life" will never be the same again. Written by froufrou

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Some people will go to any lengths to stay young forever. But Madeline Ashton and her old friend Helen Sharp are about to go TOO far. See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy

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

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31 July 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La muerte le sienta bien  »

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$55,000,000 (estimated)

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$58,422,650 (USA)
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A pneumatic bra was built to create the effect where Meryl Streep's breasts become higher and firmer after drinking the potion, but the effect didn't look realistic enough. In order to get the shot Meryl Streep's dresser stood behind her, out of sight of the camera, and pushed her breasts into position. See more »

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When Ernest starts to bolt with the potion, Lisle says "Tom, Dick, Harry, get the potion from him!" He picks up the dagger she stabbed him with. As he does, you see her reflection on the glass table. Her lips do not move when she says those words. See more »

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Lisle Von Rhoman: You're scared as Hell... of yourself. Of the body you once knew.
Madeline Ashton: I beg your pardon?
Lisle Von Rhoman: I am the one who understands. I am the one who knows your secret.
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Written by Geoffrey Aymar
Lyrics by Martin Donovan & David Koepp
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The Question of Immortality
17 March 2006 | by (Bangkok, Thailand) – See all my reviews

When I first watched this movie, I felt like it is just one of those movies that I would give a 6 score. But I found myself watching this movie again and again. As conversations or question of immortality arises, I found myself quoting or referencing the movie.

Because the movie is so watchable after so many viewings, I think this is a classic movie. It is about two woman trying to steal a man and fighting over their differences and jealousy. These woman wants to pursue immortality while another man wants to choose mortality and live a full life. It is the question of superficiality and immortality that struck me deep. The other issue is the desire to find that fountain of youth at the same time. The issues are as old as time. How do you feel when someone comes to you and say "You are old!". That was one of the phrases when a young man complains to Meryl Streep. These are some of the things you will ponder.

Bruce Willis really surprise me this one as he no longer plays the tough man image. While Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep play great opposite roles as the two jealous fighting women who fight over differences and yet have to live together inspite of it. Yes, I have people I really detest and must live with them. Therefore, a lot of issues in this movie really hits me deep.


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