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Dead Again (1991)

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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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 Dugan
Patrick Doyle ... Cop #1 - Hospital Elevator / Party Guest #2
Erik Kilpatrick Erik Kilpatrick ... Cop #2 - Hospital Elevator
Gordana Rashovich Gordana Rashovich ... Handcuffed Woman - Hospital Elevator
Derek Jacobi ... Franklyn Madson
Obba Babatundé ... Syd - Restaurant Owner (as Obba Babatunde)
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Storyline

Mike Church is a Los Angeles private detective who specializes in finding missing persons. He takes on the case of a mute woman who is suffering from a total amnesia and doesn't even know her name. She keeps having nightmares involving the murder of a pianist, Margaret, by her husband Roman Strauss in the late 1940s. In an attempt to solve the mystery about her identity and her nightmares, Church accepts the help of an antiquary 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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How many times can you die for love? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Volver a morir See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,479,395, 23 August 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$38,016,380
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Patrick Doyle: The movie's composer played the bored cop in the elevator, and the obnoxious guest at Otto's party. 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

Cozy Carlisle: Someone is either a smoker or a nonsmoker. There's no in-between. The trick is to find out which one you are, and be that. If you're a nonsmoker, you'll know.
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Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh are each credited twice for their dual roles in this movie. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: The Best of David Spade (2005) See more »

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Lush Life
by Billy Strayhorn
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Overlooked Branagh Gem
14 January 2000 | by stiv-7See all my reviews

I didn't catch this one until it hit a discount theatre in Miami Beach, but I'm glad I did. Whatever the status of Branagh and Thompson's relationship at the time, they project a fantastic chemistry as lovers karmically doomed to repeat the same mistakes over and over again, or so we are led to believe. Branagh has a fantastic directorial sense, honed in his years with Shakespearian theatre, and the intertwining of black-and white and colour footage to evoke different time periods works to great effect. Supporting players Derek Jacobi, Robin Williams, and Andy Garcia put in excellent performances, and the serviceable plot is made transcendant by this fine group of actors. Although some of the gore is a bit heavy, it doesn't overwhelm the story, something Branagh learned no doubt from the films of Alfred Hitchcock, and like the works of Hitchcock, even after the mystery is finally sorted out, the film continues to reward with repeat viewings. So, if the last copy of Blair Witch is out, and you're looking for a bit of suspense that isn't all blood and guts, give this one a try. You'll feel enlightened.


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