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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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Storyline

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'll do anything to get what she wants ...ANYTHING See more »


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

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Country:

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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

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Janice (Illeana Douglas) hears the news of Larry's (Matt Dillon) death she faints and lands on her arm, which is in a cast for her next several scenes. This was written into the script after Douglas actually broke her thumb while horsing around with Dillon. Gus Van Sant wanted to incorporate the injury into the film. See more »

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When Larry and Suzanne are in Miami on their honeymoon they are enjoying a warm, sunny day and Larry is in a colorful tropical shirt. But his breath is clearly visible when he speaks. See more »

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Janice Maretto: [about Suzanne designing her wedding ring] ... it was round... and gold... I mean, big fucking deal!
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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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Now Here's A Strange And Fascinating Story
30 August 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This is a different story and definitely interesting. The movie is listed as a comedy but it's more of a drama. Yes, the comedy is there but it's dark humor and there is violence and tragedy here.

Nicole Kidman is very good as the beautiful and ruthless blonde who has big television ambitions. I don't know if I ever saw Kidman look this pretty, which is saying a lot. Matt Dillon co-stars and is excellent, too, as are the two young no- name actors, Joaquin Phoenix and Allison Foland. Ironically, Phoenix, has become a big star, most recently playing the legendary Johnny Cash in "Walk The Line." When this movie came out, few people knew him.

Illena Douglas gives an underrated performance and I always enjoy the odd Dan Hedaya. Anyway, if you want to see something different in the way of a story, this movie falls in that category.


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