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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.

Director:

Gus Van Sant

Writers:

Joyce Maynard (book), Buck Henry (screenplay)
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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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 was prepared to go all the way... for what she wanted. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

(Cameo): Buck Henry; the screenwriter plays Mr. H. Finlaysson. See more »

Goofs

Lydia says that Suzanne let her drive her car even though she did not have a learner's permit. New Hampshire does not issue learner's permits. Anyone at least 15 1/2 can drive if accompanied by a licensed driver at least 25 years of age. See more »

Quotes

Suzanne Stone Maretto: It's nice to live in a country where life, liberty... and all the rest of it still stand for something.
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Crazy Credits

The credits say that Misha is played by Walter but in fact, in the movie the dog's name was Walter and its real name is Misha. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Rederiet: Många bäckar små... (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

WINGS OF DESIRE
Written by Mark Tierney, Paul Casserly & Fiona McDonald
Performed by Strawpeople
Courtesy of Sony Entertainment (New Zealand)
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17 May 2020 | by ItAintGotNoGasInItSee all my reviews

This actually felt like I'm watching a classic but for some reason it's really underrated.


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Country:

USA | UK | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

To Die For See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$386,510, 1 October 1995

Gross USA:

$21,284,514

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,284,514
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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