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Kiss of Death (1995)

 -  Action | Crime | Thriller  -  21 April 1995 (USA)
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A reformed convict goes undercover with the help of an angry detective to ensnare a psychotic mobster.

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Jimmy Kilmartin
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Calvin Hart
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Bev Kilmartin
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Rosie Kilmartin
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Ronnie Gannon
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Omar
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Big Junior Brown
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Jack Gold
Angel David ...
J.J.
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Cleary
Lindsay J. Wrinn ...
Corinna as a Toddler
Megan L. Wrinn ...
Corinna as a Toddler
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Corinna, 4 Years Old
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Jimmy Kilmartin's an ex-con who's trying to go straight. But he can't say no to a quick driving job because his so called friend's life is threatened. The job is for Little Junior Brown, a violent and powerful villain. When things go wrong, Jimmy is left to do the time, and his whole life is turned upside-down, but if that wasn't enough, the cops won't leave Jimmy alone when he gets out... They want 'Little Junior' Written by Rob Hartill, corrected by Lex Gustafsson

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Little Junor Brown. He rules the streets. He owns the game. But he doesn't own all of the players.

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for violence, nudity and strong language | See all certifications »

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21 April 1995 (USA)  »

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A halál csókja  »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$14,942,422 (USA)
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David Caruso was paid $1 million for appearing in this film, which he made in the hiatus between his first and short-lived second season of NYPD Blue (1993). See more »

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When we first see the Red Explorer - before Nicolas gives it to David - is has no license plate in the front. But when David drives it home it DOES have a license plate in the front See more »

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Little Junior Brown: Hey, what's the what.
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A temperamental crime thriller.

Here we have ourselves a case of a fairly not wide known director, but not necessarily a bad director. Out of his sleeves we can find 'Desperate Measures', a movie about an autistic child, which was fairly good, and 'Murder by Numbers' which, also, was decent. Here we have a crime thriller, a remake, and a pretty good movie.

In this movie we can find Nicolas 'Put-the-bunny-back-in-the-box' Cage as a pawn in a crime gang who suddenly finds himself on top of the food chain, Ving Rhames as a drug addicted big boss (also of a gang) and finally David Caruso, as an unlucky bastard who finds himself in much trouble and is way in over his head.

The movie begins with Caruso, a man who was in jail for hijacking cars, being free. He vows to remain safe and live a fair live. He has a family, works for the living, and doesn't do the things he shouldn't be doing anymore. And then his brother comes in on one night. Without spoiling, I will stop here and say that from this point on, this very scene already starts tearing apart the life he built here.

Just see the movie, it's worth it. I'm serious. I mean, it was for me. Caruso's path of suffering continues through the movie, while the other characters seem to continue to wreak him a little more, but while still giving room to motivate him to go on. The ending, for me, was satisfying and realistic.

The movie starts off quickly but loses it's pace between the third and second act, which cripples the otherwise delightful experience with the movie. It has some brutal scenes that are well placed and not too exceeded.

There is much suspense throughout and it keeps you guessing on how it will end. Some scenes are just downright exciting, because the characters are so well characterized you'll just look forward to when Cage and Caruso will meet each other again.

Cage's acting as well as Caruso's is superb in this one, with the first being like a kid on sugar despite suffering from asthma, and the latter always being the wrong man at the wrong place. Cage once again shows that he is made to put down roles of near-crazy people, really. Remember Face/Off? You get the same dose of craziness here. And, honestly? I love it. I just love how he does that unique kind of craziness that only he can do. As if you would mix sugar with a touch of drugs. You get the idea.

It's a great movie, suffering a bit from the little usual mistakes. But don't miss out on it. Who knows? Maybe you'll find another cheesy Nicolas Cage line to make another internet meme out of!


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