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Kiss of Death (1995)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Calvin Hart
Rosie Kilmartin
Ronnie Gannon
Big Junior Brown
Jack Gold
Angel David ...
Lindsay J. Wrinn ...
Corinna as a Toddler
Megan L. Wrinn ...
Corinna as a Toddler
Corinna, 4 Years Old


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


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

21 April 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A halál csókja  »

Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)


$14,942,422 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the opening, Jimmy (David Caruso) walks down the same street to his home as in the original film, Kiss of Death (1947). See more »


The item of jewelry on Little Junior's wrist alternates between a gold watch and a gold chain bracelet, sometimes during the same scene. See more »


Jimmy Kilmartin: What are you doing? What are you fuckin' doing?
Little Junior Brown: What do you wanna know about the guy for? Huh?
Jimmy Kilmartin: What guy?
Little Junior Brown: Huh?
Jimmy Kilmartin: What fucking guy?
Jimmy Kilmartin: [after being patted down by Junior] I just did 3 years for...
[pats Jimmy again]
Jimmy Kilmartin: I did 3 years for you, you paranoid motherfucker. Full time, not a day less. For you!
Little Junior Brown: What do you wanna know about the guy for?
Jimmy Kilmartin: J.J. pointed him out to me like 2 minutes before you sat down. If he's got a big fuckin' mouth, take it up with him. I was trying to make a conversation.
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Written by Erik Schrody and Leor Dimant
Performed by House of Pain
Courtesy of Tommy Boy Records
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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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