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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 <>

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She was prepared to go all the way... for what she wanted. See more »


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 sueño  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)


£1,645,594 (UK) (17 November 1995)

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1.85 : 1
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According to Joyce Maynard, she happened to have her mother's ashes on hand during the filming of her scene. Deciding her mother would have wanted to be in the movie, she placed them in her prop briefcase. See more »


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Suzanne Stone Maretto: [to Lydia about Russell and Jimmy] It's their word against mine. Who are they? Bunch of 16-year-old losers who grew up in trailers whose parents sit around drinking and screwing their cousins!
Suzanne Stone Maretto: I'm a professional person, for Christ's sake. I come from a good home. Who do you think a jury would believe?
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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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