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To Die For -- Suzanne Stone is an aspiring TV personality who will do anything to be in the spotlight- including enlisting 3 teenagers to kill her husband.


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Writers (WGA):
Joyce Maynard (book)
Buck Henry (screenplay)
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Release Date:
6 October 1995 (USA) See more »
All she wanted was a little attention. See more »
An aspiring television personality manipulates a group of teenagers into killing her husband, who she sees as a threat to her career. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won Golden Globe. Another 7 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Nicole Kidman ... Suzanne Stone

Matt Dillon ... Larry Maretto

Joaquin Phoenix ... Jimmy Emmett

Casey Affleck ... Russel Hines

Illeana Douglas ... Janice Maretto

Alison Folland ... Lydia Mertz

Dan Hedaya ... Joe Maretto

Wayne Knight ... Ed Grant

Kurtwood Smith ... Earl Stone

Holland Taylor ... Carol Stone

Susan Traylor ... Faye Stone

Maria Tucci ... Angela Maretto

Tim Hopper ... Mike Warden

Michael Rispoli ... Ben DeLuca

Buck Henry ... Mr. H. Finlaysson
Gerry Quigley ... George
Tom Forrester ... Fisherman
Alan Edward Lewis ... Fisherman
Nadine MacKinnon ... Sexy Woman

Conrad Coates ... Weaselly Guy
Ron Gabriel ... Sal
Ian Heath ... Student
Graeme Millington ... Student
Sean Ryan ... Student
Nicholas Pasco ... Detective
Joyce Maynard ... Lawyer

David Collins ... Reporter
Eve Crawford ... Reporter

Janet Lo ... Reporter

David Cronenberg ... Man at Lake
Tom Quinn ... Skating Promoter
Peter Glen ... Priest (as Peter Glenn)
Amber-Lee Campbell ... Suzanne (Age 5)
Colleen Williams ... Valerie Mertz
Simon Richards ... Chester
Philip Williams ... Babe Hines
Susan Backs ... June Hines

Kyra Harper ... Mary Emmett

Adam Roth ... Band Member
Andrew Scott ... Band Member

Tamara Gorski ... Girl at Bar

Katie Griffin ... Girl at Bar
Carla Renee ... Girl at Bar
Mischa ... Walter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Melissa Cooper ... High School Girl (uncredited)
Tom Peterson ... TV Commercial (uncredited)

Chris Phillips ... High School Soccer Player (uncredited)

Rain Phoenix ... Tambourine Player in Band (uncredited)

George Segal ... Conference Speaker (uncredited)
Isabella Simone ... High School Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Gus Van Sant 
Writing credits
Joyce Maynard (book)

Buck Henry (screenplay)

Produced by
Joseph M. Caracciolo .... executive producer
Sandy Isaac .... co-producer
Leslie Morgan .... co-producer
Jonathan T. Taplin .... executive producer (as Jonathan Taplin)
Laura Ziskin .... producer
Original Music by
Danny Elfman 
Cinematography by
Eric Alan Edwards 
Film Editing by
Curtiss Clayton 
Casting by
Deirdre Bowen 
Howard Feuer 
Production Design by
Missy Stewart 
Art Direction by
Vlasta Svoboda 
Set Decoration by
Carol Lavoie  (as Carol A. Lavoie)
Costume Design by
Beatrix Aruna Pasztor 
Makeup Department
David R. Beecroft .... hair stylist
Beverly Carr .... key makeup artist (Winter scenes prior to main shooting schedule)
Patricia Green .... makeup artist
Barbara Lorenz .... personal hair stylist
Production Management
Steve Wakefield .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roman Alexander Buchok .... third assistant director (as Al Buchok)
Tom Quinn .... second assistant director
Michele Rakich .... third assistant director
David Webb .... first assistant director
Art Department
Karen M. Clark .... draftsperson
Ken Clark .... property master
Rossana DeCampo .... head painter
Willi Holst .... scenic artist
Henry Ilola .... construction coordinator
Sheri O'Rourke .... assistant property master
Andrew Poulos .... first assistant art director
Sound Department
Peter Appleton .... sound effects editor
Kelley Baker .... supervising sound editor
Mary Bauer .... sound effects editor
Denis Bellingham .... boom operator
David A. Cohen .... sound effects editor (as David Cohen)
Robert Fernandez .... sound mixer
J. Paul Huntsman .... supervising sound editor
Bill Jackson .... sound mixer
Owen Langevin .... sound mixer
Parker Logan .... assistant sound editor
Jennifer Myers .... foley artist
David Parker .... re-recording mixer
Philip Rogers .... sound recordist
Michael Semanick .... re-recording mixer
Burton Sharp .... adr artist
Concha Solano .... assistant sound editor
Jim Thompson .... boom operator
Michael Barnitt .... sound mixer: Florida (uncredited)
Bruce Lacey .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Linda Lew .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Rob Whitehurst .... boom operator: Florida (uncredited)
Patrick Winters .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Laird McMurray .... special effects coordinator
Bruce Turner .... special effects coordinator
Tim Good .... special effects key (uncredited)
Danny Lima .... stunts
Mic Jones .... relief stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Steve Lucescu .... stunt double (uncredited)
Pat Romano .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Alexander .... focus puller: Winter Unit
Craig Bulmer .... electrician
Kevan Dutchak .... second assistant camera
Steve Ferrier .... chief lighting technician
Michael Galbraith .... best boy
Michael Hall .... first assistant camera
Kerry Hayes .... still photographer
Perry Hoffman .... camera operator (as Perry Hoffmann)
Mark Manchester .... key grip
Malcolm Nefsky .... second grip
Tracy Shaw .... dolly grip
Stephen Spurrell .... rigging gaffer
David J. Woods .... video playback operator
Gary Deneault .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Shayne Hare .... grip (uncredited)
Ryan Pannell .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Meredith Tucker .... casting assistant
Aric Dupere .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Donna Dupere .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kim W. Chow .... wardrober
Nail Rockett .... head cutter
Delphine White .... wardrobe supervisor
Alexis Scott .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Joseph M. Caracciolo .... apprentice editor
Melissa Carter .... apprentice editor (as Melissa J.T. Carter)
Rosmary Conte .... assistant editor
Amy E. Duddleston .... associate editor
Craig Hayes .... associate editor
Gloria Kaiser .... color timer
Valerie Weiss .... second assistant film editor
Location Management
Brad Gratkowski .... location production assistant
Brian Kring .... assistant location manager
Gordon Yang .... location manager
Music Department
Steve Bartek .... orchestrator
Monique Donnelly .... singer
Warren Fitzgerald .... musician: guitar
To Die For .... score mixer
Jeffrey Pollack .... music consultant
Angie Rubin .... assistant music editor
Ellen Segal .... music editor
Edgardo Simone .... orchestrator
Richard Stone .... conductor
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Paul Wertheimer .... score recordist
Transportation Department
Bill Hagan .... transportation coordinator
John Ozlins .... transportation captain
Robert Whelan Jr. .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Christopher Archibald .... production assistant
Lesley Boylen .... production assistant
Amanda Brand .... unit publicist
Kathryn Buck .... script supervisor
Andrea Doven .... assistant: Ms. Kidman (as Andrea Morse)
Pablo Ferro .... title designer: main title sequence
David J. Grant .... assistant: Mr. Caracciolo
Shauna Jamison .... production secretary
Mindy May Jenkins .... first accountant
Jodi Leesley .... assistant: Ms. Kidman
Diane McWhinnie .... animal trainer
Carla Meyer .... dialect coach
Jacqueline Parkin .... animal trainer
Elizabeth Rinella .... assistant to producer
Regina Robb .... production coordinator
Sheena D. Robertson .... studio teacher
Burton Sharp .... adr artist
Laura Summer .... additional voices
Carole Wattles .... production accountant
Chel White .... death sequence eye effects
Stanley Robinson .... production assistant (uncredited)
Frank Sicoli .... production consultant (uncredited)

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Rated R for strong sexual content, and for language
106 min | Argentina:110 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Once she'd read the script, Nicole Kidman was determined to land the lead role. This involved tracking down 'Gus van Sant''s personal phone number and ringing him at home. She spent 40 minutes talking to him on the phone about her thoughts on Suzanne and how to play her. Van Sant called back 2 hours later to tell her she'd got the part.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
[last lines]
Lydia Mertz:But it's really something when you think that... I'm the one who's gonna be famous. Suzanne would die if she knew.
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27 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Now Here's A Strange And Fascinating Story, 30 August 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

This is a different story and definitely interesting. The movie is listed as a comedy but it's more of a drama. Yes, the comedy is there but it's dark humor and there is violence and tragedy here.

Nicole Kidman is very good as the beautiful and ruthless blonde who has big television ambitions. I don't know if I ever saw Kidman look this pretty, which is saying a lot. Matt Dillon co-stars and is excellent, too, as are the two young no- name actors, Joaquin Phoenix and Allison Foland. Ironically, Phoenix, has become a big star, most recently playing the legendary Johnny Cash in "Walk The Line." When this movie came out, few people knew him.

Illena Douglas gives an underrated performance and I always enjoy the odd Dan Hedaya. Anyway, if you want to see something different in the way of a story, this movie falls in that category.

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