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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.

Director:

James Dearden

Writers:

Ira Levin (novel), James Dearden (screenplay)
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Inspired by the article "A Kiss Before Dying" by Pamela Colloff, published by Texas Monthly.

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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 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

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

Gross USA:

$15,429,177

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,429,177
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Runtime:

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the film's source novel and in the earlier movie version, the Jonathan Corliss character played by Matt Dillon was called Burton Corliss (nicknamed Bud) whilst the two sister characters were called Ellen Kingship and Dorothy Kingship (nicknamed Dorie), and are renamed Ellen and Dorothy Carlsson in this remake, both being played by Sean Young, and instead also, both are made twins. Moreover, in the source book there was a third sister called Marion Kingship, who, like with the first film, does not appear. The Jeffrey Hunter character, who appeared in the original movie, is removed in this remake. See more »

Goofs

When Ellen brings Jay to meet her father, she enters the study with her hands tucked into her belt. However in the next shot, showing her from behind, her arms are by her side. See more »

Quotes

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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Thriller with unachieved potential
14 June 1999 | by MCMucusSee all my reviews

I had high expectations for this film and was greatly disappointed. The plot seemed enthralling at first, but as the film progressed it seemed more like a bad tv movie than a major motion picture. A poorly developed story, actors the worst this side of green acres, and bad continuity all contributed to the movie's lackluster quality. The only attribute was Matt Dillon , who gave a nice portrayal of a nice guy/psychopath. I would only recommend this flick to moviegoers who enjoy Dillon's performances (as do I).


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