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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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All she wanted was a little attention. See more »


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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Did You Know?


The videotape sequences were shot by Nicole Kidman in character. See more »


At Larry Maretto's burial the Catholic priest says "in nominis patris et filius et spiritus sanctus," getting most of the endings wrong. Correct is "in nomine patris et filii et spiritus sancti," which any priest would know. See more »


Suzanne Stone Maretto: Good Evening, from the WWEN Weather Center!
Ed Grant: [to himself] Weather Center?
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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 »


References Sleeping Beauty (1959) See more »


Written by Edward King, Gary Rossington & Ronnie Van Zant
Performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Courtesy of MCA Records
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This one will stay with you a little bit
4 August 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Clever story with more depth that appears at first blush, directed with irony and a sardonic sense of humor by Gus Van Sant. Nicole Kidman plays an especially shallow TV weather person who gets some grunge kids to kill her husband for her. Her motive is, as Illeana Douglas, who plays the sister-in-law, says, "he got in her way." This is a nice study of narcissism metastasized into psychopathology. She is headstrong, motivated and rather stupid. She thinks only of herself and would do anything for herself and would do anything to anybody who got in her way. And amazingly, she does.

Matt Dillon is wasted as the husband (in more ways than one). I'm surprised he agreed to do the part. Kidman is mesmerizing and makes us believe in a slightly unbelievable character. We've all known narcissistic little darlings who would kill you for the right shade of eye shadow, but to see it acted out so coldly and with such appalling stupidity, yet with a psychology so bizarre that it has to be real, fairly takes your breath away. It was especially apt that she had him killed so that her pointless little docu-drama "Teens Speak Out" could become newsworthy enough for national exposure. Consicously she doesn't realize this: she has no introspection; she just acts.

Also cute is the way the picture is framed: a pseudo-documentary within a pseudo-documentary. Everything is so well orchestrated that when Kidman gets her surprising, but entirely appropriate comeuppance at the end, we are quite pleased.

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