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Dead Again (1991)

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An amnesiac and a private eye find they might have a past life connection.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Roman Strauss / Mike Church
... Gray Baker
... Franklyn Madson
... 'Piccolo' Pete Dugan
... Inga
... Doug
... Grace / Margaret Strauss
... Sister Madeleine / Starlet
... Lydia Larsen
... Sister Constance
... Father Timothy
... Pickup Driver
... Clerk
... Doctor Cozy Carlisle
... Policeman in lift
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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 will 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 »


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Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

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30 August 1991 (USA)  »

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Volver a morir  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$38,016,380
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1.85 : 1
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Mike tells Carlisle that his former patient left him 11,000 dollars in his will. He then gives Carlisle a number to call to claim 8,800 dollars, which he says is less his fee for finding him. This means that Mike's fee is twenty percent. See more »

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Grace says "I know my left hand from my right hand" but gestures with the wrong hands. See more »

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Grace: [having accidentally shot Mike] I just shot him...
Franklyn Madson: Thank you!
[looks at Mike, then back at her]
Franklyn Madson: Less work for Frankie!
[Grace tries to shoot Franklyn but the gun jams]
Franklyn Madson: [sighs] Antiques!
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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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References Hamlet (1948) See more »

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by Otis Conner (as Otis Connor)
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Film noir reincarnation/murder story with surprising twists
27 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

This movie is one of the unappreciated jewels of the 1990's, a film done so well that virtually every aspect, from script to direction to performances to music to editing, sweeps you away. Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson (who were then married)each played two roles, one in the past, one in the present, with different clothes, hairstyles and accents, as part of a couple destined to be together forever.

Branagh, coming off his rookie directing debut in HENRY V, did a simply beautiful job here, using the same creative team as HV (Patrick Doyle deserves especial kudos for his astounding musical score). Playing both a cynical private eye ("I'm not looking for Miss Right; I'm looking for Miss Right Now") and a jealous German composer from the 1940's, he turns in two complete portraits of unusual men, while directing as well.

The film didn't stay in theaters long (most likely due to studio politics), but has apparently found a new audience on video. I've loved it since the first time I saw it, in its first run (I admit to seeing it five times in the theater and buying it on video the day it came out) -- so I may be slightly prejudiced -- but from every angle -- thriller, love story, character study -- it's a winner. See it on DVD and hear Branagh's comments on various aspects of the film -- that adds another dimension right there.

In fact, see it any way you can. It's just marvelous.


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