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Killing Me Softly -- Adapted from the novel by Nicci French, Chinese filmmaker Chen Kaige makes his English-language debut with this erotic thriller. An American Web designer Alice (Heather Graham) while living in Illinois falls for Adam (Joseph Fiennes) a ruggedly handsome mountain climber. Bored with her dreary love live, Alice takes advantage of a chance meeting with Adam at a stoplight. Sparks fly, and before too long the couple move in together and Adam proposes. Following the wedding their heated romance begins to take on hints of mild S & M and Alice realizes that she knows very little about her new spouse. The story takes on ominous undertones when she discovers that his previous fiancée died under mysterious circumstances. Alice continues her increasingly disturbing investigation when she uncovers allegations of rape and more missing lovers, bringing her to answers she may not be ready to accept.
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Writers (WGA):
Sean French (novel)
Kara Lindstrom (screenplay)
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Release Date:
23 February 2002 (Japan) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Heather Graham ... Alice

Joseph Fiennes ... Adam Tallis

Natascha McElhone ... Deborah

Ulrich Thomsen ... Klaus

Ian Hart ... Senior Police Officer
Jason Hughes ... Jake

Kika Markham ... Mrs. Blanchard
Amy Robbins ... Sylvie
Yasmin Bannerman ... Joanna Noble
Rebecca Palmer ... Michelle Stowe

Ronan Vibert ... Alice's Boss

Olivia Poulet ... Alice's Secretary
Ian Aspinall ... Alice's Work Colleague
Helen Grace ... Alice's Work Colleague
Oliver Ryan ... Bookshop Assistant
Donald Gee ... Vicar

Tim Faraday ... Police Officer in Street
Richard Green ... Police Officer in Interview
Lee Boswell ... Police Officer in Interview
Patrick Field ... Bartender
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ray Donn ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Joe Gunn ... School Student (uncredited)

Neil Roberts ... Philip (uncredited)

Scott Samain ... Party guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Kaige Chen  (as Chen Kaige)
Writing credits
Sean French (novel) (as Nicci French)

Kara Lindstrom (screenplay)

Produced by
Anna Chi .... associate producer
Michael Chinich .... producer
Daniel Goldberg .... executive producer
Donna Grey .... line producer
Joe Medjuck .... producer
Lynda Myles .... producer
Tom Pollock .... executive producer
Ivan Reitman .... executive producer
Original Music by
Patrick Doyle 
Cinematography by
Michael Coulter (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jon Gregory 
Casting by
Susie Figgis 
Production Design by
Gemma Jackson 
Art Direction by
Rod McLean (supervising art director)
Christina Moore 
Set Decoration by
Trisha Edwards 
Costume Design by
Phoebe De Gaye 
Makeup Department
Ann Buchanan .... hair stylist: Joseph Fiennes
Ann Buchanan .... makeup artist: Joseph Fiennes
Paul Gooch .... chief hair stylist
Paul Gooch .... key makeup artist
Jamal Hammadi .... hair stylist: Heather Graham
Jane Lumb .... assistant hair stylist (as Jane Oakley)
Jane Lumb .... assistant makeup artist (as Jane Oakley)
Molly Stern .... makeup artist: Heather Graham (as Molly R. Stern)
Rita Pacitto .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Terry Bamber .... production manager: additional photography
Stephen Barker .... post-production supervisor
David Cain .... unit manager: additional photography
Victoria Goodall .... unit production manager
Rachel Neale .... production manager: second unit
David Seaton .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jamie Christopher .... second assistant director
Simon Downes .... first assistant director: second unit
Cliff Lanning .... first assistant director
Adam Badrawy .... additional third assistant director (uncredited)
Nick Simmonds .... third assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Art Department
Harry Alley .... painter
John Bohan .... construction manager
Peter N. Brown .... chargehand carpenter
Rob Cameron .... stand-by props
Roy Chapman .... chargehand dressing props
Charlie Cobb .... art department runner
Clive Drinkall .... stagehand
Peter Duffy .... carpenter (as Peter Duffey)
Michael Finlay .... supervising painter
Gavin Fitch .... assistant art director
Barry Gibbs .... property master
Mark Goodman .... stand-by stagehand
Gavin Gordon .... carpenter
Alan Grenham .... painter
Bill Hargreaves .... chargehand stand-by props
Peter Hawkins .... head rigger
Terry Howard .... dressing props
Paul Inglis .... assistant art director
David Jones .... stand-by stagehand
George King .... supervising stagehand
Richard Kinsella .... carpenter
Cathal MacIlwaine .... stand-by carpenter
Meike Maher .... graphics designer (as Meike Meng)
Thomas Martin .... assistant construction manager
John O'Regan .... carpenter
Darryl Paterson .... props storeman
Edward Pearce .... stand-by rigger
Pat Roberts .... stand-by painter
Nina Ross .... art department assistant
Ron Ross .... carpenter (as Ronnie Ross)
Richard Shackleton .... carpenter
John Shergold .... painter
Clive Ward .... head painter
Howard Weaver .... scenic artist
Paul Webb .... carpenter
Kenneth Welland .... painter (as Ken Welland)
Stephen Weston .... chargehand wood machinist (as Steve Weston)
Krissi Williamson .... production buyer
Ian Young .... dressing props
David Youngs .... carpenter
Robert J. Dugdale .... assistant scenic artist (uncredited)
Warren Greenham .... painter (uncredited)
Bill Lowe .... laborer's laborer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ed Colyer .... foley mixer
Peter Eusebe .... sound maintenance
Richard Fettes .... dialogue editor
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer
John Hayward .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Holding .... production sound mixer
Jacques Leroide .... foley editor
Gerard Loret .... assistant sound editor
Colin Miller .... supervising sound editor
Richard Pryke .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Kevin Tayler .... adr mixer
David Tyler .... assistant foley mixer
Sandy Buchanan .... assistant adr mixer (uncredited)
Andrew Caller .... sound technician (uncredited)
Richard Street .... preview re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Richard Welsh .... dolby sound consultant (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Clive Beard .... special effects supervisor
Steven Warner .... special effects technician
Martin 'Marty' McLaughlin .... snow effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Simon Carr .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Christopher Otto Gallagher .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Daniel Pettipher .... 2D digital supervisor: Mill Film (uncredited)
David Sewell .... digital compositor (uncredited)
David Smith .... digital film controller: Mill Film (uncredited)
Nicola Berwick .... stunts (as Nikki Berwick)
Glenn Foster .... stunts
Carly Harrup .... stunts (as Carly Harrop)
Rowley Irlam .... stunts (as Rowley Earlham)
Lee Millham .... stunts
Gary Powell .... stunt coordinator
Buster Reeves .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Blackmore .... generator operator
James Bloom .... clapper loader
Richard Broome .... camera grip
Julian Bucknall .... focus puller
Steve Casey .... electrician
Frederick Crawford .... chargehand rigger
Dax Debice .... camera trainee
Leo Dickinson .... camera operator: mountaineering sequences
Terry Edland .... gaffer
Paul Edwards .... Steadicam operator
Warren Evans .... rigging gaffer
Andrew Haddock .... video playback operator
Tony Hannington .... practical electrician
Mark Hatchwell .... assistant grip
Tony Hayes .... best boy electric
Rob McGregor .... assistant camera: mountaineering sequences
Kenny Monger .... electrician (as Ken Monger)
Neil Munro .... rigging electrician (as Neil Monroe)
Patrick O'Flynn .... electrician
Philip Sindall .... camera operator
Jim Smart .... rigging electrician
Laurie Sparham .... still photographer
Alf Tramontin .... Steadicam operator
Dennis Watson .... electrical rigger
Shu Yang .... director of photography: second unit (as Yang Shu)
Leon Buckley .... video playback operator: second unit (uncredited)
Michael Green .... focus puller: "b" camera (uncredited)
Dean Thompson .... focus puller: second unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Louis Elman .... adr voice casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anthony Brookman .... wardrobe assistant
Samantha Crouch .... wardrobe assistant
Hannah Hoyle .... wardrobe assistant
Michael O'Connor .... assistant costume designer
Suzi Turnbull .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Rachel Dison .... post-production coordinator
Alec Gibson .... color grader
Tamsin Jeffrey .... assistant editor
Katya Jezzard .... assistant editor
Mark Neale .... assistant film editor
Ian Seymour .... associate editor
Louise Seymour .... post-production coordinator
Rob Woiwod .... editor trainee
Music Department
Lawrence Ashmore .... orchestrator
Chris Barrett .... assistant: music recordist
Tonia Davall .... musicians contractor
Patrick Doyle .... orchestrator
Brian Gascoigne .... musician: keyboards
Jake Jackson .... assistant: music recordist
Abbie Lister .... assistant: music recordist
Ion Metsovitis .... assistant: music recordist
Maggie Rodford .... music producer
James Shearman .... conductor
James Shearman .... orchestrator
Tony Stanton .... music preparation
Graham Sutton .... music editor
Nick Wollage .... music mixer
Nick Wollage .... music recordist
Celia Weiner .... music editor (uncredited)
Bruce White .... viola (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Dennis Altree .... driver: facility
Mick Boddy .... driver: props stand-by truck
John Botton .... driver: props runaround
Matt Byrne .... driver: camera car
David Denyer .... driver: minibus
Gerry Floyd .... unit driver
Steven Griggs .... driver: H.O.D. facilities
Mark Hatchwell .... driver: grip truck
David Lloyd .... unit driver
Richard Magennis .... driver: construction runaround
Mick Moran .... driver: minibus
Enyo Mortty .... driver: director
Stephen Pike .... driver: wardrobe truck
Ken Price .... driver: construction stand-by truck
Terry Reece .... driver: Joseph Finnes
Stanley Sirkin .... unit driver
John Smith .... driver: producer
Darren Thackeray .... driver: Heather Graham
Gerry Turner .... transportation coordinator
Mark White .... transportation
Paul Whybra .... driver: facility
Ian Clarke .... vehicle coordinator (uncredited)
Sean Thornton .... picture vehicle coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
Chris Allies .... title designer
Indira Ashton .... assistant: Susie Figgis
Lucy Bowring .... production runner
Rob Burgess .... key set production assistant (as Robert Burgess)
Paige Chaytor .... production coordinator (as Paige Wingrove)
Philip Clark .... location scout
Felicity Cockram .... assistant: Tom Pollock
Sarah Critchley .... script clearance
Matt Dalton .... first assistant accountant
Mandy Dickinson .... sky-diver: mountaineering sequences
Rachel Dison .... assistant to producers
Hilary Fagg .... script supervisor
Tina Falcone .... accounting assistant
Jeff Ferrette .... location runner
Poppy Field .... set production assistant
Christel Franken .... assistant production coordinator
Linda Gamble .... unit publicist
Brian Gascoigne .... synthesizer programmer
Laurence Gouault .... climber: mountaineering sequences
Andy Guest .... sky-diver: mountaineering sequences
Steve Hart .... location manager
Stevie Haston .... climber: mountaineering sequences
Nikki Inwood .... stand-in: Heather Graham
Vivien Jordan .... production coordinator
Alex Kaye-Besley .... assistant: Heather Graham
Nick Komornicki .... armorer
Ben Lanning .... set production assistant
Alice Lim .... assistant: Chen Kaige
Jodi Macaulay .... assistant: Daniel Goldberg (as Jodi Macauly)
Mac Mackenzie .... assistant: Chen Kaige and Joseph Fiennes
Karl Mefford .... assistant: Joe Medjuck
Brian Molyneux .... climber: mountaineering sequences
Andy Montriou .... sky-diver: mountaineering sequences
Steve Morphew .... stand-in: Joseph Fiennes
Stephen Naulls .... assistant accountant (as Steven Naulls)
Clive Noakes .... laboratory contact
Frances Patterson .... coordinator: Cambria
James Penny .... legal services
Richard Philipps .... legal services
David Pinnington .... supervising location manager
Darren Price .... production runner
Rob Rudolph .... assistant: Tom Pollock
Jocky Sanderson .... assistant location manager
Arno Seagrim .... assistant accountant
Susan Seferian .... assistant: Michael Chinich
Trevor Stanley .... production accountant
Marolyn Turk .... stand-in: Natascha McElhone
Juliet Ward .... assistant: Ivan Reitman
Morag Webster .... unit nurse
Azzedine 'Dean' Ziedna .... set production assistant
Wayne Docksey .... animal master (uncredited)
Alex Fenn .... floor runner: aditional photography (uncredited)
Neil Morphew .... stand-in: Ulrich Thomsen (uncredited)
Freesia Pearson .... production office intern (uncredited)
Lee Robertson .... location manager: second unit (uncredited)
Paul Sacks .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Derek Warman .... fire officer (uncredited)
Aidan Williams .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Lucy Williams .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Charles Fox .... special thanks
Norman Gimbel .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for strong sexuality, some violence and language (cut)
100 min | Spain:104 min
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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 »
Continuity: In the bar, the martinis that Alice and her friend get start off as red and green, but by the end of the scene they are both clear.See more »
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63 out of 91 people found the following review useful.
Future Camp Classic, 8 May 2003
Author: Maciste_Brother from the rock

I rented and watched KILLING ME SOFTLY on DVD and giggled throughout the movie. It's so unintentionally funny, and silly and stupid and pointless, that I'm sure people in the near future will look back at this as camp. The film stars Heather Graham and Joseph Fiennes. Heather's character goes though a number of things or does things that are totally divorced from logic. She marries a man she hardly knows and the rest of the film is spent on her trying to know her husband's suspicious past. (If Heather's character had tried to get to know him first before marrying him there wouldn't have been a movie). Heather's role is funny and oddly endearing at the same time. She tries so hard but the whole thing is so silly that her efforts are all for naught. In EVERY scene, Heather is seen with her big doe-like eyes, dropping her clothes at any given moment, looking totally befuddled. The scene when the reporter faxes her the strange messages at her office, which is supposed to be filled with apprehension, is very funny. As is the scene when Heather pretends to be a reporter from The Guardian. Or the scene when Joseph ties her down on the kitchen table, which is simply priceless. Heather, bound to the table, doesn't look terrified or stressed, she looks bored and annoyed. The entire scene is truly out of this world. After seeing it, I wondered "What was that all about?" If your new husband ties you up on the kitchen table and starts going crazy, well, there's a good chance that the marriage won't last long. As for Joseph Fiennes, well, he looks, hmm, weird. I think the director was intimidated by Joseph. It seems the director didn't know how to film him at all. And because of this, his character/performance is WAY over-the-top.

The story (or lack thereof) is so obvious, the moment the "villain" appears on screen I knew it. The revelation of the villain's motives made me laugh out loud. It's supposed to be shocking and twisted but it had me in hysterics. Add to this the fact that the director literally took the meaning of title and applied this to the film's script/action, and everything about this film ends up looking truly silly. Everything is treated just so softly (like when Heather is tied to the table). Imagine a S&M movie directed with the soft touch of a bunny rabbit.

Many scenes look like they were rushed (the mountain climbing scenes). In one scene, you can see Fiennes looking straight at the camera for a split second. The direction is not really good. The look of the film is sometimes interesting. Some scenes where cool but the whole ultra-hip look of the film will positively date it in a matter of years. The office where Heather works looks like a place where the Teletubies would feel at home. Everything about KILLING ME SOFTLY is hilarious. It's pure camp.

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