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Kiss or Kill (1997)

After a robbery scam that goes bad, lovers Nikki and Al take off into the Australian outback, pursued by the police and a malevolent footballer named Zipper Doyle, and meet a number of offbeat characters.


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Bill Bennett
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tiffany Peters Tiffany Peters ... Young Nikki
Julie Wood Julie Wood ... Nikki's Mother (as Julie Sobotta)
Syd Brisbane Syd Brisbane ... Nikki's Father
Frances O'Connor ... Nikki Davies
Geoff Revell Geoff Revell ... Paul Nathan
Matt Day ... Al Fletcher
Barry Langrishe Barry Langrishe ... Zipper Doyle
Eliza Lovell Eliza Lovell ... Felicity
Jordan Weldon-Iley Jordan Weldon-Iley ... Young Boy
Carmel Johnson Carmel Johnson ... Hotel Regency Maid
Chris Haywood ... Detective Hummer
Andrew S. Gilbert Andrew S. Gilbert ... Detective Crean
Liz Windsor Liz Windsor ... Medical Examiner
Paul Rees Paul Rees ... Assistant Medical Examiner
Audine Leith Audine Leith ... Jules in the Gym


Two young scam artists rob their drugged victims after the woman is picked up in bars and taken to a hotel room. The only problem is that their latest victim dies. Looking at his stuff, they suddenly find a video tape with a former athlete sexually involved with a young boy. The woman contacts the athlete and sets off a series of murders in which they are incriminated and a chase across Australia led by the athlete, the police, and an aborigine tracker. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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The ultimate romantic getaway. See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some graphic sexuality, violence and language | See all certifications »


Official Sites:

Beyond Films [Australia]





Release Date:

14 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kiss or Kill See more »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$42,088, 16 November 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$731,091, 21 December 1997
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


One significant element that propelled this film to realization [i.e. green-lit], said director Bill Bennett, was international sales company Beyond Film's enthusiasm for it. "Gary Hamilton [General Manager of Beyond Films] had always been interested in the project and I gave him the final script, within forty-eight hours they [Hamilton and managing director Mikael Borglund] made me an offer, and both were really instrumental in bringing other elements into place." See more »


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Excellent Film
28 September 2005 | by EvilZephyrSee all my reviews

Bill Bennett and the entire crew put together a great film in "Kiss or Kill." After first viewing the trailer on the VHS of The Jackal, I waited two years before coming across this movie. Both Matt Day and Francis O'Connor play a great role. The story is marvelously put together and one you will have to watch closely. This movie was the breakout role for Francis O'Connor, which she can also be seen in Bedazzled, Windtalkers, and About Adam.

This film made me a fan of Australian film. Much better than a 6.3 ranking, head over to overstock.com and pick up a copy. It is only, ONLY, $2.00. Best two bucks you'll ever spend! Highly recommended!

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