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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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Carol Stone
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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 was prepared to go all the way... for what she wanted. 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  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$21,284,514
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Trivia

To Die For novelist Joyce Maynard has the same Christian name as the director of the similarly themed TV movie Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Wojas Smart Story (1991). Her name is Joyce Chopra. See more »

Goofs

Suzanne refers to Pierre Trudeau as an Ex-President of Canada but Canada have Prime Ministers. See more »

Quotes

Suzanne Stone Maretto: You know Mr. Gorbachev, the guy that ran Russia for so long? I am a firm believer that he would still be in power today if he had had that ugly purple thing taken off his head.
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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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Susie Q
Written by Eleanor Broadwater, Dale Hawkins & Stan Lewis (as Stanley J. Lewis)
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Black comedy at its finest
28 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is black comedy at its finest,a wonderfully incisive film.I've seen it many times and it gets better with every viewing.This is one of Gus Van Sants best films,right up there with Drugstore Cowboy.This was the film that proved Nicole Kidman was a force to be reckoned with.Its a brutally good part,and she doesn't waste it.Giving a genuinely unhinged performance,as well as a jaw droppingly sexy one.The performances are all excellent though,Dillon plays the poor dumb schmuck who doesen't know what he's let himself in for with ease.Joaquin Phoenix is great as probably the dimmest character in movie history!Best of all is Illeana Douglas as Dillons wonderfully cynical sister."What did i first think of her?-Four letters beginning with 'c',you know......cold!" This is beautifully put together using mock docu footage,flashbacks,and straight filmaking.Clever,intelligent,and razor sharp,films like this are all to rare.Look out for director David Cronenberg,in a wickedly good cameo!


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