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Kiss of Death (1995)

A reformed convict goes undercover with the help of an angry detective to ensnare a psychotic mobster.

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

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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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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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$14,942,422
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In Radio Times Adrian Turner describes Nicolas Cage and Samuel L. Jackson as "nasty" in his review. See more »

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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 »

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Ronnie: What the fuck? You guys look like the Gorton's fishermen
Little Junior Brown: Ronnie, I want you to listen to this.
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Remake of Kiss of Death (1947) See more »

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Porque No Unirnos
Written by Thomas Kukulies and Roberto Herrador
Performed by Salsa Picante
Courtesy of LaserLight Digital by arrangement with Source/Q
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Short of Breath
1 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

Kiss of Death boasts an impressive cast, authentic locales, and a gritty, accessible storyline, but it still comes across as an asthmatic remake of the film noir classic. Nobody "stars" in KOD; rather, David Caruso, Helen Hunt, Nicholas Cage, Samuel L. Jackson, Ving Rhames, and Kathryn Erbe all put in good, workmanlike performances that just don't catch fire.

I enjoyed Kiss of Death ten years ago when I rented it. What made it enjoyable again was seeing people I had forgotten about--a young Hunt, commanding on screen, an obscure Jackson, Cage almost unrecognizable, and Caruso, long before he decided to trade in acting for the ridiculous posturing he does on the boneheaded CSI: Miami.

Yet, the movie never really jells. We know the story well so we expect something better to make KOD stand out. "Workmanlike" just isn't enough.

I'd still recommend it, though. The freshness of the talent might be enough for you. And Cage, ripped and psychotic is so different from his breezy action roles of the last half decade.

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