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Die, Mommie, Die! (2003)

 -  Comedy  -  31 October 2003 (USA)
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An ex-pop singer kills her much-hated husband to be with her young lover. Her daughter plots Electra-like revenge.

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Angela Arden / Barbara Arden
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Angela's Fan
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Tony Parker
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Edith Sussman
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Bootsie Carp
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Policeman
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Moving Man #1 (as Chris McDaniel)
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Leather Daddy
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Retired singing star, Angela Arden, heads a dysfunctional family. Her husband, filmmaker Sol Sussman, hates her and has a kissy relationship with his nubile daughter, Edith. Angela carries on an affair with Tony Parker, a lounge lizard, who sleeps with both Edith and her brother, Lance, but not before Angela plots to murder Sol when he cuts off her allowance. Bootsie Carp, the family maid loyal to Sol, is on to Angela, but the diva works quickly and poisons Sol. Edith suspects foul play and wants Lance's help in proving mom's guilt. Lance, who loves his mother deeply, is conflicted. Will Edith succeed? Does love lurk somewhere? And what about Angela's long dead sister, Barbara? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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love | singing | singer | diva | poison | See more »

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Hollywood...It's a dirty town but someone has to do it!

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Rated R for strong sexual content, language and a drug scene
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During one of the black and white flashbacks, Barbara is shown at a jewelry counter that reads "Kenwrights", named after the film's producer Bill Kenwright. See more »

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Movie is set in 1967 but Angela sings the Blood, Sweat & Tears hit "Spinning Wheel" which was not released until 1969. See more »

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Tony Parker: You can't discard me like one of your false eyelashes!
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After the credits, there is silent black and white footage of Angela christening a ship. See more »

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References What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) See more »

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Why Not Me
Lyrics by Jerry Patch
Music by Dennis McCarthy
Vocals by Todd Murray
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For fans of classic Davis/Crawford/Turner/Sirk films
20 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Charles Busch has a cult following in New York City, as he's known for his hilarious plays. A few years ago, he broke into the mainstream with the Broadway hit, Tale of the Allergist's Wife, and now there's even a documentary about him. An immensely talented writer, he knows the classic female legends genre backwards and forwards and can play one with the best of them.

"Die Mommie Die" was originally a Busch play, and the film, albeit low budget, is excellent - actually, all the better because it's low budget. It's a combo of "Dead Ringer," "The Big Cube," "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane," and "Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte." Busch plays Angela Arden, who performed with her twin sister Barbara. Angela broke with Barbara and made it big, while Barbara wound up in broken-down supper clubs. Barbara eventually died. Today Angela, a real tramp, is living the high life with a rich husband, a gay son, a Lolita-type daughter, and a young boyfriend (Jason Priestley).

Busch is hilarious, looking a bit like Kathy Griffin, wearing fabulous clothes and looking darn good.

This film has a gay sensibility, but if you love the old movies it's based on, you should enjoy it. Very high camp.


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