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To Die For (1995)

A beautiful but naïve aspiring television personality films a documentary on teenagers with a darker ulterior motive.

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Angela Maretto
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Ben DeLuca
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Mr. H. Finlaysson
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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 knew what it took to get to the top... a lot of heart and a little head. See more »

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

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6 October 1995 (USA)  »

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Todo por un sueño  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$21,284,514 (USA)
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Patricia Arquette, Jennifer Connelly, Joan Cusack, Bridget Fonda, Jodie Foster, Melanie Griffith, Daryl Hannah, Holly Hunter, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tatum O'Neal, Mary-Louise Parker, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Brooke Shields and Uma Thurman were all considered for the lead before the role was offered to Meg Ryan. She, however, later changed her mind and left the project, which made director Gus Van Sant fear the film would be shelved without its top-line star. At this point, Nicole Kidman stepped in. See more »

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When Suzanne Stone removes the video tape from her camera just after recording her self-interview the tape is already fully rewound. See more »

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Suzanne Stone Maretto: It's nice to live in a country where life, liberty... and all the rest of it still stand for something.
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The credits say that Misha is played by Walter but in fact, in the movie the dog's name was Walter and its real name is Misha. See more »

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References Sleeping Beauty (1959) See more »

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NOTHING FROM NOTHING
Written by Billy Preston & Bruce Fisher
Performed by Billy Preston
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
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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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