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Dead Man's Curve (1998)

Two college students kill their roommate and make it look like a suicide.

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Dan Rosen

Writer:

Dan Rosen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Lillard ... Tim
Michael Vartan ... Chris
Randall Batinkoff ... Rand
Keri Russell ... Emma
Tamara Marie Watson ... Natalie (as Tamara Craig Thomas)
Anthony Griffith ... Detective Shipper
Bo Dietl ... Detective Amato
Kevin Ruf Kevin Ruf ... Ernie
Henry Strozier ... Chancellor Alexander
Ben Livingston ... Jimmy
Kris McGaha ... Renee
Christy Stratton ... Bee Girl
Dana Delany ... Dr. Ashley
Cheryl Goode Cheryl Goode ... Bartender
David P. Moore David P. Moore ... Register Boy
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Storyline

Tim, Chris and Rand are campus roommates. They are not the closest of friends. When it is announced as being usual to get the best possible grades as compensation for the psychic stress of a roommates' suicide, Tim and Chris decide to kill Rand. After Rand's "suicide", his girlfriend Natalie takes her life, too. She was the roommate of Chris' girl Emma. Who's tricking who? Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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You don't win Silver; You lose Gold. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, a scene of sexuality, some violent behavior and substance abuse | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

USA Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 August 1998 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Curve See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The bulls-eye of the dart board in Chris & Tim's dorm room is a photo of Vince Vaughn. See more »

Goofs

Camera crew and boom mic reflected in car window when Chris is arguing with the two detectives outside the campus. See more »

Quotes

Detective Shipper: You're pretty set on getting into Harvard, aren't you?
Chris: Well, it has crossed my mind. Why? Are you gentleman, alumni?
Detective Amato: That's real fucking funny, idiot!
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Mr. Rosen's Driver ... Everybody See more »

Connections

References Diabolique (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Teenage Suicide
Performed by Unwritten Law
Written by Scott Russo (as Russo) / Wade Youman (as Youman) / Rob Brewer (as Brewer) / Steve Morris (as Morris)
© Unwritten Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Interscope Records
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Lillard shines in an entertaining thriller
1 December 2014 | by MattyGibbsSee all my reviews

I remember watching this quite a few years ago and enjoying it and decided to re-watch it again to see if I still did.

It's an interesting idea and one that is executed very well. The plot is easy to follow and the fast paced script keeps things moving along nicely. There is plenty of suspense as the student plot to get higher grades spins out of control. The acting is mainly just passable apart from the always excellent Matthew Lillard who always plays the slightly maniacal jerk role so brilliantly and and there is an early appearance for the gorgeous Keri Russell.

There is a great twist ending which along with Lillard's performance elevates this film above average for it's genre.

This is not a great film by any means but it is very entertaining and well worth watching if you're at a loose end.


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