A woman who has lost her memory is taken in by a Los Angeles orphanage, and a private eye is enlisted to track down her identity, but he soon finds that he might have a past life connection to her that endangers their lives.

Director:

Kenneth Branagh

Writer:

Scott Frank
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth Branagh ... Roman Strauss / Mike Church
Andy Garcia ... Gray Baker
Emma Thompson ... Grace / Margaret Strauss
Lois Hall ... Sister Constance
Richard Easton ... Father Timothy
Jo Anderson ... Sister Madeleine / Starlet
Patrick Montes ... Pickup Driver
Raymond Cruz ... Supermarket Clerk
Robin Williams ... Dr. Cozy Carlisle
Wayne Knight ... 'Piccolo' Pete
Patrick Doyle ... Cop #1 / Party Guest #2
Erik Kilpatrick Erik Kilpatrick ... Cop #2
Gordana Rashovich Gordana Rashovich ... Handcuffed Woman
Derek Jacobi ... Franklyn Madson
Obba Babatundé ... Syd (as Obba Babatunde)
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Storyline

Mike Church (Sir Kenneth Branagh) is a Los Angeles private detective who specializes in finding missing people. He takes on the case of a mute woman named Grace (Dame Emma Thompson), who is suffering from a total amnesia and doesn't even know her name. She keeps having nightmares involving the murder of a pianist named Margaret Strauss (Dame Emma Thompson) by her husband, Roman (Sir Kenneth Branagh), in 1949. In an attempt to solve the mystery about her identity and her nightmares, Mike accepts the help of antiquary Dr. Cozy Carlisle (Robin Williams), who arrives to offer his services as a hypnotist. The hypnosis sessions soon begin to reveal some surprises. Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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A Mystery About True Love...And Certain Death. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Sir Kenneth Branagh, Dame Emma Thompson, Robin Williams, and screenwriter Scott Frank have each worked with director Barry Sonnenfeld on a movie. Branagh on Wild Wild West (1999), Thompson on Men in Black 3 (2012), Robin Williams on RV (2006), and Scott Frank writing the movie version of Elmore Leonard's Get Shorty (1995). Branagh and Thompson have worked with Will Smith on Wild Wild West (1999) and Men in Black 3 (2012), respectively. See more »

Goofs

In the opening credits, the newspaper stories (other than the obvious headlines) consist of the same five paragraphs printed 37 times in succession. See more »

Quotes

Pete: I've known Mike Church forever. He would never hurt her.
Franklyn Madson: This is fate we're talking about, and if fate works at all, it works because people think that THIS TIME, it isn't going to happen!
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Crazy Credits

Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh are each credited twice for their dual roles in this movie. See more »

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Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
by Sergei Rachmaninoff
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AN EPIC CLASSIC THRILLER!
11 April 2004 | by rcavelleroSee all my reviews

Dead Again is an absolutely amazing film! To call it anything less would be a complete insult.The film is so multi layered in charachter development, story growth and my god those fantastic twists and some truly winning and believable performances. Where have thrillers and films like this gone. They kept you up at night and got your adrenaline going. You didn't know what was happeneing until exactly the end and the tension building up was gratifying without the brilliant and dead on conclusion. where have they gone? Emma Thompson stars as a beautiful amnesia victim whom awakes in catholic shelter suffering from violent nightmares. Kenneth Brannagh stars as Mike Church a detective who becomes smitten with her and decides to help to find her identity. He enlists the help of a psychic and through those sessions they discover her past life and how she was murdered and how it's now relaying to her recent one. Now it's up to them to discover the facts before history tries to repeat itself.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dead Again See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,479,395, 25 August 1991

Gross USA:

$38,016,380

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,016,380
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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