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Kiss the Girls (1997)

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Police hunting for a serial kidnapper are helped when a victim manages to escape for the first time.

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Gary Fleder

Writers:

James Patterson (novel), David Klass (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Morgan Freeman ... Dr. Alex Cross
Ashley Judd ... Kate Mctiernan
Cary Elwes ... Casanova / Nick Ruskin
Alex McArthur ... Sikes
Tony Goldwyn ... Will Rudolph
Jay O. Sanders ... Kyle Craig
Bill Nunn ... Sampson
Brian Cox ... Chief Hatfield
Richard T. Jones ... Seth Samuel
Roma Maffia ... Dr. Ruocco
Jeremy Piven ... Henry Castillo
Gina Ravera ... Naomi Cross
William Converse-Roberts ... Dr. Wick Sachs
Helen Martin ... Nana Cross
Tatyana Ali ... Janell Cross (as Tatyana M. Ali)
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Storyline

Alex Cross, a Washington D.C. cop and forensic psychologist learns that his niece who is going to college in North Carolina is missing. So he goes there and learns that the police think she's among the victims of someone who kidnaps young girls and holds them captive and kills them who dubs himself Cassanova after the great lover. Later Kate, one of his victims, escapes and tries to help Cross find his niece. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Taglines:

Smart Girls. Pretty Girls. Missing Girls. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for terror, violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

3 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Besos que matan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,215,167, 5 October 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$60,527,873

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,500,000, 8 March 1998
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Campus officials at the University of North Carolina refused to agree to allow filming on campus in Chapel Hill, because of the subject matter of the film. Hence the only UNC-Chapel Hill campus scenes are the flyover shots. There is one other scene shot on UNC's campus. After the flyover shot of Duke Chapel, the next scene is the detectives car turning onto Medical Drive in Chapel Hill.This can be seen by the sign behind the tree which is the old School of nursing sign on Columbia street. See more »

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Towards the end of the movie, when Alex enters Casanova's lair and runs after him he accidentally steps on brittle floor and falls into water, yet shortly later in the scene as he chases Casanova, his clothes appear completely dry. See more »

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TV Reporter: [outside Randolph's cabin in the woods] Yes, shocking is an accurate way to describe what went on here in the early morning hours. Local police won't comment, but Channel 6 sources tell us that what happened here in the pre-dawn hours...
Kate McTiernan: [tending to Alex's wounds] Does this hurt?
TV Reporter: ...reaches beyond Southern California. And some say involves a rogue branch of the FBI.
Alex Cross: They sure can document a fuck-up at the speed of light.
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Goodnight Irene
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Performed by Little Richard
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good cast, not so hot script
13 June 2007 | by lenfan91See all my reviews

Cary Elwes does an incredible job as Nick Ruskin. He acts with perfect emotion for every particular scene and brings a unique feel to the character portrayed in the book. Elwes does superb acting in this film, and really displays his range. After reading the novel, I was surprised by Freemans casting. He impressed me with his comittment to the character, however, during the film he seemed over-dramatic taking away from the realism of the story (what makes the film and novel so terrorizing). Ashley Judd played Kate McTieran well and portrayed Pattersons heroine with the courage and bravery expected. Where the movie falls short is in the script. The adaptation leaves out numerous key elements to the story. What makes the plot so riveting is the psychological trauma Cassanova and the Gentleman caller force onto their captives. With brief scenes portraying the womens captivity, they film takes away from the character development of the murderers and focuses too heavily on superfluous tidbits not necessary to the story. If you are seeking a true thriller, you may want to choose another movie. Although the film is entertaining and the acting decent, the novel is much better and the thriller genre is better utilized in other films.


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