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Killing Me Softly (2002)

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A woman faces deadly consequences for abandoning her loving relationship with her boyfriend to pursue exciting sexual scenarios with a mysterious celebrity mountaineer.



(novel) (as Nicci French), (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Blanchard
Amy Robbins ...
Joanna Noble
Rebecca Palmer ...
Michelle Stowe
Alice's Boss
Alice's Secretary
Ian Aspinall ...
Alice's Work Colleague
Helen Grace ...
Alice's Work Colleague
Oliver Ryan ...
Bookshop Assistant


London website designer Alice was happy in a stable relationship with reliable, somewhat boring Jake, but quickly dumps him after falling in love at first sight and having wild sex with an overbearing hot hunk, even before she discovers it's the famous mountaineer Adam Tallis, a studly celebrity about whom a book is just being promoted. In no time they get married, despite anonymous warnings not to trust him. In Adam's presence she enjoys being his slavish sex-toy, but when alone at his place can't resist snooping into his past, thus finding out about women falling out of love with him and concluding her climbing rescuer is scarily, dangerously jealous, but she has no proof. Written by KGF Vissers

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How do you escape... what you can't resist? (UK DVD) See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, some violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 June 2002 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Feu de glace  »


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the picture of a naked Adele you can see a statue in the background. This is a reference to the Dutch translation of 'Nicci French''s novel "Killing me Softly" ("Bezeten van mij" in Dutch), as those certain statues are always used as covers in Dutch translations of Nicci French. See more »


The bonds securing Heather Graham, as Alice, to the table, are obviously inadequate. She could free herself easily. While it could be argued that Alice was playing along, later on she urgently requests Adam to untie her. So, the ineffectiveness of the rope undermines the impact of the crucial scene completely. To put it bluntly, the way it was done, makes otherwise bright Alice look far less than smart. See more »


Alice: Sometimes I feel like I don't know you.
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Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »

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An embarrassment
7 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

One of the worst movies I've seen in a very long time. Heather Graham can't act. If the part called for a bimbo, then maybe she fit the bill. She's almost as bad an actor as Raquel Welch was early in her career.

It goes to show what a bad script and direction can do to an actor like Joseph Fiennes who was so good in "Shakespeare in Love" and "Elizabeth". It would be hard to imagine that the good actors in this film didn't know it was a turkey when they were making it.

This film almost is in the category of so bad it's good. I did chuckle from time to time at some of the ludicrous dialog and scenes. But, if you're looking for that type of movie, a much better choice is "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls".

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