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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.

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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

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Your basic black comedy. See more »

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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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Robert Zemeckis: [citation] The shots in the psychiatric clinic where Helen is brought look exactly like those in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). See more »

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After Madeline recovers, her limbs & neck still work even though broken, and her lungs continue to pump air for speech if nothing else - so her heart shouldn't stop beating, when it wasn't even damaged in the fall. See more »

Quotes

[Madeline Ashton is requesting another plasma separation]
Madeline Ashton: Are you listening to me? Do you even care? You just stand there with your 22-year-old skin and your tits like rocks and laugh, and...
[sobs]
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Referenced in Looking Back at 'The Shadow' (2014) See more »

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Rosen aus dem Süden
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Written by Johann Strauss (as Johann Strauss II)
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I love this movie
1 August 2003 | by (cali) – See all my reviews

This was way fun. One of my favorite guilty pleasures. All the actors are in top form here and I loved Bruce, Goldie, and Meryl. This is truly a classic in the black comedies. The score was terrific, set design fantastic, and all around excellent.


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