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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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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Kiss of Death  »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$14,942,422 (USA)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[about his father dying]
Little Junior Brown: [to Kilmartin] What do you think's worse? Losing a father or a wife?
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Connections

Remake of Kiss of Death (1947) See more »

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Muchas Gracias
Written by Thomas Kukulies
Performed by Salsa Picante
Courtesy of LaserLight Digital by arrangement with Source/Q
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Okay, But Just Too Hard, Too Nasty For Most People
7 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is not the 1947 film but a 1995 re-make of the famous gangster flick of the same name. While the classic film had one brutally nasty guy, this one has a whole cast full of them....too nasty, frankly. I watched this once and was fairly interested in it. A couple of years later, took a second look and found it so sleazy and I couldn't finish it.

David Caruso, who obtained a lot more fame in television shows than movies, still was interesting for me to watch as he played Victor Mature's old role. Caruso is one of the better actors I've seen when it comes to expressing his emotions just by his facial looks. It seems fashionable to knock him, but I've always been a fan of his work.

Nicholas Cage plays Richard Widmark's psycho character "Tommy Udo" but is called "Little Junior Brown" in this film. Personally, I liked Widmark's performance and character much more.

A lot of people, especially 20-somethings, like these modern tough films with brutal characters and tons of profanity, but the characters in this movie were so nasty that the film never really caught on with anybody.

It certainly had one thing going for it: a very good cast that also included Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Rapaport, Ving Rhames, Stanley Tuccki, Helen Hunt and Kathryn Erbe.

To summarize: it's not that bad: it just has too hard an edge to it.


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