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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Bonfanti ... Young Jonathan
Sarah Keller ... Lecturer
... Ellen / Dorothy Carlsson
... Patricia Farren
Lia Chang ... Shoe Saleslady
... Jonathan Corliss
Yvette Edelhart ... Screaming Lady
... Thor Carlsson
... Terry Dieter
Lachele Carl ... Reporter
... Waitress
... Commissioner Malley
... Dan Corelli
... Mrs. Corliss
... Jay Faraday
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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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Rated R for areas of strong violence, graphic sensuality, and some language | See all certifications »

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26 April 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un beso antes de morir  »

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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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The original climax shot for the movie took place at the Carlsson Copper Factory, as it happens in Ira Levin's book, but it failed test screenings so the climax was changed to Jonathan's childhood home in Pennsylvania. 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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Written by Miles Davis
Performed by Miles Davis
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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Kiss this!
7 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

Sean Young gets a double Razzie nod for sleepwalking through her dual role in this journeyman thriller which sticks Matt Dillon out front as an upwardly mobile man who prefers to murder his way to the top of the corporate ladder. Full of contrivances and asking many questions while providing few answers, this mediocre rehash of a 1956 thriller makes for little more than a nominal couch potato no-brainer. Okay to zone to. (C+)


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