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Kill Me Again (1989)

A young detective becomes involved with a beautiful woman on the run from the mob and her psychopath boyfriend.


John Dahl

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pat Mulligan Pat Mulligan ... Sammy
Nick Dimitri ... Marty
Michael Madsen ... Vince Miller
Joanne Whalley ... Fay Forrester (as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer)
Robert Schuch Robert Schuch ... Collection Agent #1
Duane Tucker Duane Tucker ... Collection Agent #2
Val Kilmer ... Jack Andrews
Molly Flanegin Molly Flanegin ... Gossipy Motel Clerk
Dominic Dinino Dominic Dinino ... Rest Stop Little Boy
Daniel Dorse Daniel Dorse ... Rest Stop Father
Bibi Besch ... Jack's Secretary
Jim Boeke Jim Boeke ... Javonovitch
Jon Gries ... Alan Swayzie (as Jonathan Gries)
Michael Sharrett ... Tim the Motel Clerk
Debby Lynn Ross Debby Lynn Ross ... Kathy the Drowned Wife


Fay Forrester, an attractive young lady wants to escape from her violent and jealous boyfriend Vince. So she hires Jack Andrews, a second class private investigator to arrange her death. She wants to restart her life with a new identity and the money she robbed together with Vince. Because of Jack's financial problems he joins Fay after her fake death. Unfortunately Vince finds out that Fay's still alive. The hunt for Jack, Fay and the money begins... Written by Markus Lasermann <mslaserm@trick.informatik.uni-stuttgart.de>

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When you're on the run for the mob... there's only one way out... See more »


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Release Date:

27 October 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Uccidimi due volte See more »


Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In the yellow pages, the address of the PI is on Dahl Ave. - a joke by the art department to the director, before they knew the address would be visible on-screen. See more »


Upset after reading a newspaper account of Fay's supposed death in Reno, psychopath Vince, more or less, trashes the restaurant and leaves by the front door. Looking from the inside of the restaurant, we see him walk by the front window and we can read the name of the restaurant Las Vegas Quality Cafe, painted on the window, which tells us where Vince currently is and we can figure out where he's going next. Howsoever, if you paint a restaurant sign on a window, you paint so it can be read from the outside looking in, not so it can be read from the inside looking out. See more »


Referenced in Thelma & Louise: The Last Journey (2002) See more »


Haydn Cello Concerto 2 In D Major-II Adagio
Written by Franz Joseph Haydn (as Haydn)
Performed by Pierre Fournier with the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester (as Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra)
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Once was not Enough?
5 September 2005 | by sol1218See all my reviews

A 1989 version of a 1940's like Film Noir crime/suspense movie set in the wide open spaces of the Navada and Arizona desert and American Indian Reservations.

Ripping off the mob of $850,000.00 outside of Winnemucca NV. as well as killing one of it's top honchos the two desperado's Vince and his girlfriend Fay, Michael Madsen & Joanne Whailey,take off for parts unknown to wait out the storm of the mob and state police all points search for them. Stopping off at a rest stop Vince is smashed in the head by Fay, as he was answering natures call, who took off with his car and the mob's cash for Reno.

The move "Kill Me Again" then switches to this local Reno Private Investagter Jack Andrews, Val Kilmer, who gets his right pinkie broken by two goons for being late on his loan of $10,000.00 that the mob advanced him. Jack is told by the mobsters that if he doesn't have the money by Wendsday they themselves will donate it to him for his funeral. Not knowing what to do and with no way to come up with the cash Jack get's his prayers answered when the next day. Fay walks into his shabby and smashed-up office with a proposition that may very well save his life.

Fay is willing to pay Jack $10,000.00 to forge documents to make it look like she's officially dead so her boyfriend Vince won't find her. But their's one small thing that the two didn't figure on. The $10,000.00 that Fay's to pay Jack for his services belongs to the Navada Maranot Mob who Fay and Vince riped off. Added to all that the Mob that got ripped off by Fay & Vince is who the loan sharks, who are about to do Jack in, work for!

Val Kilmer even though he has the leading role as Robert Andrews is very unconvincing as the hard boiled and down and out PI. Kilmer is far too pretty and good looking to play the part that a Humphrey Bogart and Robert Mitchum portrayed in the 1940's and 50's. Michael Madsen is near perfect as the psychopathic and sadistic Vince Miller who chillingly toys with his victims, like a cat playing with a mouse, before he brutally does them it.

Joanne Whailey is also near perfect as the femme fatal who manipulates those who fall under her spell, like Vince & Jack, and uses them for her own selfish and greedy needs. The ending of "Kill Me Again" is so predictable that it hits you with a strong dose of deja vu; you more then expected something like that to happen. With those in the film, Jack Vince & Fay, reminding you of many like wise type characters you've seen in film noir movies over the years.

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