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To Die For (1995)

R  |   |  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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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 sueño  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)


£1,645,594 (UK) (17 November 1995)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Once she'd read the script, Nicole Kidman was determined to land the lead role. This involved tracking down 'Gus van Sant''s personal phone number and ringing him at home. She spent 40 minutes talking to him on the phone about her thoughts on Suzanne and how to play her. Van Sant called back 2 hours later to tell her she'd got the part. See more »


When Larry and Suzanne are in Miami on their honeymoon they are enjoying a warm, sunny day and Larry is in a colorful tropical shirt. But his breath is clearly visible when he speaks. See more »


Janice Maretto: [about Suzanne designing her wedding ring] ... it was round... and gold... I mean, big fucking deal!
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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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30 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a different story and definitely interesting. The movie is listed as a comedy but it's more of a drama. Yes, the comedy is there but it's dark humor and there is violence and tragedy here.

Nicole Kidman is very good as the beautiful and ruthless blonde who has big television ambitions. I don't know if I ever saw Kidman look this pretty, which is saying a lot. Matt Dillon co-stars and is excellent, too, as are the two young no- name actors, Joaquin Phoenix and Allison Foland. Ironically, Phoenix, has become a big star, most recently playing the legendary Johnny Cash in "Walk The Line." When this movie came out, few people knew him.

Illena Douglas gives an underrated performance and I always enjoy the odd Dan Hedaya. Anyway, if you want to see something different in the way of a story, this movie falls in that category.

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