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A Kiss Before Dying (1991)

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A determined student murders his pregnant secret girlfriend and moves onto her twin sister who gradually becomes suspicious of her new lover.

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James Dearden

Writers:

Ira Levin (novel), James Dearden (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Bonfanti James Bonfanti ... Young Jonathan
Sarah Keller Sarah Keller ... Lecturer
Sean Young ... Ellen / Dorothy Carlsson
Martha Gehman ... Patricia Farren
Lia Chang Lia Chang ... Shoe Saleslady
Matt Dillon ... Jonathan Corliss
Yvette Edelhart Yvette Edelhart ... Screaming Lady
Max von Sydow ... Thor Carlsson
Jim Fyfe ... Terry Dieter
Lachele Carl Lachele Carl ... Reporter
Briony Glassco ... Waitress
Shane Rimmer ... Commissioner Malley
James Russo ... Dan Corelli
Diane Ladd ... Mrs. Corliss
Adam Horovitz ... Jay Faraday
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Storyline

Realising his secret girlfriend Dorothy's pregnancy will sour her relations with her ultra-rich father, career-minded Philadelphia student Jonathan Corliss coolly murders her, making it look like suicide. He then moves to New York to woo her twin sister Ellen. All seems to go well for him, although Ellen's continued investigations into what she is convinced was not a suicide forces him to kill again. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Loving him was easy. Trusting him was deadly. See more »


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Rated R for areas of strong violence, graphic sensuality, and some language | See all certifications »

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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un beso antes de morir See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,348,165, 28 April 1991, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,429,177
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Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Dorothy plummets to her death at the beginning of the film, her body flies down in front of a window. Inside the room a man and a woman can be seen kissing each other. See more »

Goofs

When Ellen and Jonathan take the injured homeless woman to the hospital, Ellen talks to a nurse and offers to pay the bill. First, the nurse is wearing a stiff white cap and uniform. Most nurses, especially in the ER, had stopped wearing this type of uniform by the time the film was set. Also, she gives the nurse the money for the bill. Nurses do not handle billing and collection in hospitals. Plus, she didn't seem to know how much the bill was. And no receipt? See more »

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Nurse: She's got two broken ribs, a broken jaw, and a bad concussion. We're going to keep her overnight for observation.
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Referenced in Yes, Dear: A List Before Dying (2004) See more »

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So What
Written by Miles Davis
Performed by Miles Davis
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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I liked the original better
3 July 2004 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

With a few changes, and for reasons known only to themselves, the powers that be remade 1956's "A Kiss Before Dying" in 1991. Now the sisters are twins, and the plot is taken out further - rather than just getting engaged, Ellen now marries the killer. That's not a spoiler - we see him murder her sister in the first reel.

The original of this film, with Robert Wagner, Joanne Woodward, Jeffrey Hunter, Virginia Leith and Mary Astor was much more entertaining. This update is boring and acted in a lazy manner by its stars, Sean Young I, Sean Young II, and Matt Dillon. Isn't one Sean Young bad enough, we had to have two of them? Supporting players Diane Ladd and Max von Sydow have precious little to do. The only part I liked was the scene from "Vertigo" on TV - but I do hope the director wasn't trying to compare himself to Hitchcock.

I don't understand Hollywood's obsession with remakes, except that I suppose they're cheaper because the studio already owns the property. But a fresh story line here and there wouldn't hurt. On top of which, it is a rare occasion when the remake is actually better. This is not one of those cases.


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