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To Die For (1995)

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Suzanne Stone is an aspiring TV personality who will do anything to be in the spotlight, including enlisting three teenagers to kill her husband.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Earl Stone
Carol Stone
Faye Stone
Angela Maretto
Mike Warden
Ben DeLuca
Mr. H. Finlaysson


Suzanne Stone (Maretto) knows exactly what she wants. She wants to be a television newscaster and she is willing to do anything to get what she wants. What she lacks in intelligence, she makes up for in cold determination and diabolical wiles. As she pursues her goal with relentless focus, she is forced to destroy anything and anyone that may stand in her way, regardless of the ultimate cost or means necessary. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Rated R for strong sexual content, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 October 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Todo por un sueƱo  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)


£1,645,594 (UK) (17 November 1995)

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1.85 : 1
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Stephen Dorff and Edward Furlong were considered for the role of Jimmy Emmett. Furlong expressed disappointment over not receiving the part, as he wanted the role and felt he had a successful meeting with director Gus Van Sant. See more »


At the end of the movie when Janice (Illeana Douglas) is skating on the frozen pond, she is very unsteady on her skates like someone who has not been skating long. Janice skates out of the frame and then skates back into the frame, however, it is clearly another, more experienced skater. See more »


Janice Maretto: [about Suzanne designing her wedding ring] ... it was round... and gold... I mean, big fucking deal!
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Written by Junior Vasquez & Lydia Rhodes
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One of the most underrated films of the 1990's
29 March 2003 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

A lot of people dislike To Die For. The film's detractors largely find fault with its tone and subject matter. It is really the epitome of black comedy, and anyone expecting either pure comedy or pure suspense will be very disappointed.

That said, To Die For deserves a place in film history as one of the sharpest satires of television and fame, ranking alongside films such as Network. Forgive the cliche, but Nicole Kidman's performance is truly a revelation -- she shows talents that were clearly invisible in earlier travesties such as Far & Away and are only now beginning to resurface. But the real discovery in this film is the magnificent Illeana Douglass. It is scandalous that few people mention her amazing work when discussing To Die For. If for nothing else, the film should be seen for the work of Kidman and Douglass. (Note also that To Die For has one of Joaquin Phoenix's earliest roles.)

As other commentators here have suggested, you are not guaranteed to love this film. Nonetheless, as far as I'm concerned, it's required viewing if you're a film fan.

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