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Susan's Plan (1998)

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Susan wants her reprehensible ex-husband dead and, in several bungled attempts by henchmen, tries to accomplish the deed. First her boyfriend hires two dim-witted hitmen. Then she hires a ... See full summary »


John Landis


John Landis





Cast overview, first billed only:
Nastassja Kinski ... Susan Holland
Billy Zane ... Sam Myers
Michael Biehn ... Bill
Rob Schneider ... Steve
Lara Flynn Boyle ... Betty Johnson
Carl Ballantine ... Harold Beyers
Thomas Haden Church ... Dr. Chris Stillman
Bill Duke ... Detective Scott
Lisa Edelstein ... Penny Myers
Sheree North ... Mrs. Beyers
Adrian Paul ... Paul Holland
Dan Aykroyd ... Bob
Joey Travolta Joey Travolta ... Bartender
Christina Venuti ... Janice
Robert Harvey ... Car Dealership Boss


Susan wants her reprehensible ex-husband dead and, in several bungled attempts by henchmen, tries to accomplish the deed. First her boyfriend hires two dim-witted hitmen. Then she hires a former biker boyfriend to smother him in the hospital where he is recuperating from the first attempt. Then Zane's former wife figures out what is going on and wants a part of the action. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Divorce can be murder.


Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


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Release Date:

28 July 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Dying to Get Rich! ...Susan's Plan See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Kushner-Locke Company See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR


Color (FotoKem)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Michael Biehn, Billy Zane, and Thomas Haden Church appeared in Tombstone (1993). See more »


Paul Holland: Why do you have that look on your face?
Betty Johnson: I thought I could do it, I thought I could do anything for enough money...
Paul Holland: Do you know the guys who shot me?
Betty Johnson: Yes... they're just two guys I know, it's Sam and Susan, it's Susan's plan, it was her idea, not mine.
Paul Holland: To kill me?
Betty Johnson: Yes.
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Blue Danube Waltz
Written by Johann Strauss (as J. Strauss)
Arranged by Michael Hankinson
Courtesy of Promusic, Inc.
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This plan really falls apart
7 February 2001 | by fingerboSee all my reviews

What the hell has happened to John Landis? Not that he was ever a genius behind the camera, but he did make some genuinely entertaining and original films. `Susan's Plan', however, isn't one of them. The reason I watched this was for the cast, which boasts many talented performers, but I felt bad for them by the end, which is a slapdash mess. The film starts off promisingly enough, but much like the titular `…Plan', this movie falls apart by the third act.

One of the rules of this site discourages blowing the ends of movies, and I'll respect that, but be prepared for a weak, very predictable conclusion. This film is also chockablock with dream sequences, which were a forgivable indulgence in `An American Werewolf in London', but in this seemed like a copout filmic device for audience misdirection that mainly seemed included to pad out a very thin script to feature length. It's also got plenty of gratuitous female nudity, which is pleasant to look at, but kind of made me feel bad for the actresses, especially Lara Flynn Boyle. Time for her to get a new agent. In this case I think the actresses were exploited, but hey, it's a Landis movie.

Maybe an adequately diverting watch on cable if you're laid low by the flu or something, but if you're feeling fine, watch a good movie or go out and enjoy your life. Get some fresh air. Ninety minutes could be better spent doing something other than becoming embroiled in `Susan's Plan'.

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