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To Die For (1995)

An aspiring television personality manipulates a group of teenagers into killing her husband, who she sees as a threat to her career.

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Angela Maretto
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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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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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$21,200,000 (USA)
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Joaquín Phoenix (Jimmy Emmett) and Nicole Kidman (Suzanne Stone) went on to co-star in films with Sean Penn; Phoenix in U Turn (1997) and Kidman in The Interpreter (2005). Incidentally Penn also starred in Milk (2008) directed by this film's Gus Van Sant. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

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!
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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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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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References Mary Poppins (1964) See more »

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SWEET HOME ALABAMA
Written by Edward King, Gary Rossington & Ronnie Van Zant
Performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Courtesy of MCA Records
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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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