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To Die For (1995)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  6 October 1995 (USA)
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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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Storyline

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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She'll do anything to get what she wants ...ANYTHING See more »

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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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6 October 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Todo por un sueño  »

Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

£1,645,594 (UK) (17 November 1995)
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Trivia

The story is set in New Hampshire, but filming took place almost entirely in and around Toronto. Torontonian director David Cronenberg appears in a cameo ("man at the lake"). See more »

Goofs

Printed photo images of Suzanne and Jimmy, shown later in the movie, don't match their poses in the photo booth. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy: Any time it rains, or when there's thunder and lightning, or when it snows, I have to jack off.
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Crazy Credits

A scene plays out over the end credits where Janice skates over the ice rink where Suzanne has been buried. A darkly comic moment where Janice is literally dancing on Suzanne's grave. Its an ironic fate too because Suzanne spent a lot of time looking down on Janice through the movie. Now the situation is reversed. See more »

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Features Larry King Live (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

GODANGINUTA
Performed by Keiko Nosaka and Sachiko Miyamoto
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records
A division of Warner Communications Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Nicole Kidman is to die for
10 September 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon US) – See all my reviews

Nicole Kidman's breakthrough film, indie director Gus Van Sant's tragic-comic tale of Suzanne Stone (Nicole Kidman) a fame obsessed housewife who seduces three teenagers to get rid of her husband (Matt Dillon.) To Die For is directed in a pseudo-documentary style with some of the characters telling their story to the camera. Writer Buck Henry seems to be commenting on the superficiality of TV personalities, weather forecasters and talk show hosts with his references to Geraldo Rivera and Maury Povich and Suzanne's obsessive desire to be on TV.

The acting is outstanding from everyone. Nicole Kidman is the perfect choice for the seductress whose emotional age seems to be about ten years old and gives new meaning to the word "superficial." Joaquin Phoenix shows evidence of the star he would become. Alison Folland and Illeana Douglas are excellent.

I'm an admitted Nicole Kidman fan and this film shows her talent. She's also a gorgeous woman. Recommended.


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