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To Die For (1995)

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A beautiful but naïve aspiring television personality films a documentary on teenagers with a darker ulterior motive.

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Gus Van Sant

Writers:

Joyce Maynard (book), Buck Henry (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicole Kidman ... Suzanne Stone
Matt Dillon ... Larry Maretto
Joaquin Phoenix ... Jimmy Emmett
Casey Affleck ... Russel Hines
Illeana Douglas ... Janice Maretto
Alison Folland ... Lydia Mertz
Dan Hedaya ... Joe Maretto
Wayne Knight ... Ed Grant
Kurtwood Smith ... Earl Stone
Holland Taylor ... Carol Stone
Susan Traylor ... Faye Stone
Maria Tucci ... Angela Maretto
Tim Hopper ... Mike Warden
Michael Rispoli ... Ben DeLuca
Buck Henry ... Mr. H. Finlaysson
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Suzanne Stone (Kidman) knows exactly what she wants. She wants to be a television newscaster and she is willing to do anything to get what she wants. What she lacks in intelligence, she makes up for in cold determination and diabolical wiles. As she pursues her goal with relentless focus, she is forced to destroy anything and anyone that may stand in her way, regardless of the ultimate cost or means necessary. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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She knew what it took to get to the top... a lot of heart and a little head. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Rated R for strong sexual content, and for language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Todo por un sueño See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$21,284,514
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Dolby SR | SDDS | Dolby Digital

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Heather Graham auditioned to play Lydia. See more »

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Printed photo images of Suzanne and Jimmy, shown later in the movie, don't match their poses in the photo booth. See more »

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Suzanne Stone Maretto: You know Mr. Gorbachev, the guy that ran Russia for so long? I am a firm believer that he would still be in power today if he had had that ugly purple thing taken off his head.
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A scene plays out over the end credits where Janice skates over the ice rink where Suzanne has been buried. See more »

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LIVE IT COOL
Written by Junior Vasquez & Lydia Rhodes
Performed by Lydia Rhodes
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Ambition and Manipulation
13 June 2016 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Little Hope, New Hampshire, the beautiful and hot Suzanne Stone (Nicole Kidman) wants to be famous and is an aspiring TV personality. She marries Larry Maretto (Matt Dillon), whose father owns a restaurant, and convinces him to use this savings for the university buying a Mustang for her and a condo. Then she accepts to work for the local station receiving minimum wage to develop her own projects, including one with youths in a public school. She meets the punks Jimmy Emmett (Joaquin Phoenix), Russel Hines (Casey Affleck) and Lydia Mertz (Alison Folland) and records hours of tapes interviewing them. When Larry invites her to work at the restaurant in a talent show that he wants to implement, Suzanne sees a threat to her planned career and decides to get rid of her husband. She seduces Jimmy and convinces him that she is in love with him. Then she tells that Larry is a brutal man and Jummy decides to kill him. What will happen to Larry?

"To Die For" is a great tale of ambition and manipulation. Gus Van Sant uses the documentary style to show a beautiful and sexy woman that uses her limited intelligence and her body to reach what she has planned for her career. The cast has great performance and Nicole Kidman is perfect in the role of Suzanne Stone. The screenplay has a sort of black humor and the conclusion is ironical. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Um Sonho Sem Limites" ("A Dream Without Limits")


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