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To Die For ()


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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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  • Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 14 nominations.
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Suzanne Stone
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Larry Maretto
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Jimmy Emmett
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Russel Hines
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Janice Maretto
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Lydia Mertz
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Joe Maretto
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Ed Grant
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Earl Stone
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Carol Stone
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Faye Stone
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Angela Maretto
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Mike Warden
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Ben DeLuca
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Mr. H. Finlaysson
Gerry Quigley ...
George
Tom Forrester ...
Fisherman
Alan Edward Lewis ...
Fisherman
Nadine MacKinnon ...
Sexy Woman
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Weaselly Guy
Ron Gabriel ...
Sal
Ian Heath ...
Student
Graeme Millington ...
Student
Sean Ryan ...
Student
Nicholas Pasco ...
Detective
Joyce Maynard ...
Lawyer
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Reporter
Eve Crawford ...
Reporter
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Reporter
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Man at Lake
Tom Quinn ...
Skating Promoter
Peter Glen ...
Priest (as Peter Glenn)
Amber-Lee Campbell ...
Suzanne (Age 5)
Colleen Williams ...
Valerie Mertz
Simon Richards ...
Chester
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Babe Hines
Susan Backs ...
June Hines
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Mary Emmett
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Band Member
Andrew Scott ...
Band Member
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Girl at Bar
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Girl at Bar
Carla Renee ...
Girl at Bar
Mischa ...
Walter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Melissa Cooper ...
High School Girl (uncredited)
Tom Peterson ...
TV Commercial (uncredited)
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High School Soccer Player (uncredited)
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Tambourine Player in Band (uncredited)
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Conference Speaker (uncredited)
Isabella Simone ...
High School Student (uncredited)
Linda Wilkinson ...
High School Student (uncredited)

Directed by

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Gus Van Sant

Written by

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Joyce Maynard ... (book)
 
Buck Henry ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Joseph M. Caracciolo ... executive producer
Sandy Isaac ... co-producer
Leslie Morgan ... co-producer
Jonathan T. Taplin ... executive producer (as Jonathan Taplin)
Laura Ziskin ... producer

Music by

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Danny Elfman

Cinematography by

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Eric Alan Edwards

Film Editing by

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Curtiss Clayton

Editorial Department

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Donah Bassett ... negative cutter
Joseph M. Caracciolo ... apprentice editor
Melissa Carter ... apprentice editor (as Melissa J.T. Carter)
Rosmary Conte ... assistant editor
Amy E. Duddleston ... associate editor
Craig Hayes ... associate editor
Gloria Kaiser ... color timer
Valerie Weiss ... second assistant film editor

Casting By

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Deirdre Bowen
Howard Feuer

Production Design by

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Missy Stewart

Art Direction by

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Vlasta Svoboda

Set Decoration by

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Carol Lavoie ... (as Carol A. Lavoie)

Costume Design by

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Beatrix Aruna Pasztor

Makeup Department

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David R. Beecroft ... hair stylist
Beverly Carr ... key makeup artist (Winter scenes prior to main shooting schedule)
Patricia Green ... makeup artist
Barbara Lorenz ... personal hair stylist

Production Management

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Steve Wakefield ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Roman Alexander Buchok ... third assistant director (as Roman Alexander Buchok)
Tom Quinn ... second assistant director
Michele Rakich ... third assistant director
David Webb ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Karen M. Clark ... draftsperson
Ken Clark ... property master
Rossana DeCampo ... head painter
Willi Holst ... scenic artist
Henry Ilola ... construction coordinator
Sheri O'Rourke ... assistant property master
Andrew Poulos ... first assistant art director

Sound Department

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Peter Appleton ... sound effects editor
Kelley Baker ... supervising sound editor
Mary Bauer ... sound effects editor
Denis Bellingham ... boom operator
David A. Cohen ... sound effects editor (as David Cohen)
Robert Fernandez ... sound mixer
J. Paul Huntsman ... supervising sound editor
Bill Jackson ... sound mixer
Owen Langevin ... sound mixer
Parker Logan ... assistant sound editor
Jennifer Myers ... foley artist
David Parker ... re-recording mixer
Philip Rogers ... sound recordist
Michael Semanick ... re-recording mixer
Burton Sharp ... adr artist
Concha Solano ... assistant sound editor
Jim Thompson ... boom operator
Michael Barnitt ... sound mixer: Florida (uncredited)
Bruce Lacey ... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Linda Lew ... foley recordist (uncredited)
Rob Whitehurst ... boom operator: Florida (uncredited)
Patrick Winters ... sound effects editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Laird McMurray ... special effects coordinator
Bruce Turner ... special effects coordinator
Tim Good ... special effects key (uncredited)

Stunts

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Danny Lima ... stunts
Mic Jones ... relief stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Steve Lucescu ... stunt double (uncredited)
Pat Romano ... stunt rigger (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Chris Alexander ... focus puller: Winter Unit
Craig Bulmer ... electrician
Kevan Dutchak ... second assistant camera
Steve Ferrier ... chief lighting technician
Michael Galbraith ... best boy
Michael Hall ... first assistant camera
Kerry Hayes ... still photographer
Perry Hoffman ... camera operator (as Perry Hoffmann)
Mark Manchester ... key grip
Malcolm Nefsky ... second grip
Tracy Shaw ... dolly grip
Stephen Spurrell ... rigging gaffer
David J. Woods ... video playback operator
Gary Deneault ... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Shayne Hare ... grip (uncredited)
Ryan Pannell ... dolly grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Meredith Tucker ... casting assistant
Aric Dupere ... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Donna Dupere ... extras casting (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Kim W. Chow ... wardrober
Nail Rockett ... head cutter
Delphine White ... wardrobe supervisor
Alexis Scott ... assistant costume designer (uncredited)

Location Management

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Brad Gratkowski ... location production assistant
Brian Kring ... assistant location manager
Gordon Yang ... location manager

Music Department

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Steve Bartek ... orchestrator
Monique Donnelly ... singer
Warren Fitzgerald ... musician: guitar
To Die For ... score mixer
Bill Jackson ... music scoring mixer
Jeffrey Pollack ... music consultant
Angie Rubin ... assistant music editor
Ellen Segal ... music editor
Edgardo Simone ... orchestrator
Richard Stone ... conductor
James Thatcher ... musician: french horn
Paul Wertheimer ... score recordist

Transportation Department

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Bill Hagan ... transportation coordinator
John Ozlins ... transportation captain
Robert Whelan Jr. ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Christopher Archibald ... production assistant
Lesley Boylen ... production assistant
Amanda Brand ... unit publicist
Kathryn Buck ... script supervisor
Andrea Doven ... assistant: Ms. Kidman (as Andrea Morse)
Pablo Ferro ... title designer: main title sequence
David J. Grant ... assistant: Mr. Caracciolo
Shauna Jamison ... production secretary
Mindy May Jenkins ... first accountant
Jodi Leesley ... assistant: Ms. Kidman
Diane McWhinnie ... animal trainer
Carla Meyer ... dialect coach
Jacqueline Parkin ... animal trainer
Elizabeth Rinella ... assistant to producer
Regina Robb ... production coordinator
Sheena D. Robertson ... studio teacher
Burton Sharp ... adr artist
Laura Summer ... additional voices
Carole Wattles ... production accountant
Chel White ... death sequence eye effects
Michel Burstein ... press attache: france (uncredited)
Stanley Robinson ... production assistant (uncredited)
Frank Sicoli ... production consultant (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines All she wanted was a little attention. See more »
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Also Known As
  • 2 Die 4 (United Kingdom)
  • Prête à tout (Canada, French title)
  • Prête à tout (France)
  • Tot per un somni (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Todo por un sueño (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 106 min
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Budget $20,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia In the novel "To Die For", on which the movie is based, Suzanne Stone Maretto states on page 307 that she would like to see "that actress that just got married to Tom Cruise in real life" play her in a movie about this. This refers to Nicole Kidman who later played Suzanne in the movie. See more »
Goofs At Larry Maretto's burial the Catholic priest says "in nominis patris et filius et spiritus sanctus," getting most of the endings wrong. Correct is "in nomine patris et filii et spiritus sancti," which any priest would know. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in To Die For/Steal Big, Steal Little/Devil in a Blue Dress/Moonlight and Valentino/The Big Green (1995). See more »
Soundtracks Susie Q See more »
Crazy Credits A scene plays out over the end credits where Janice skates over the ice rink where Suzanne has been buried. See more »
Quotes Jimmy: I'll be here every day for life, plus 30 years, if I live that long.
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