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Kiss of Death (1995)

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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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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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Short of Breath
1 February 2007 | by (The Man-Cave) – 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.

You may find a gem here!

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