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Killing Me Softly (2002)

A woman faces deadly consequences for abandoning her loving relationship with her boyfriend to pursue exciting sexual scenarios with a mysterious celebrity mountaineer.

Director:

Kaige Chen

Writers:

Sean French (novel) (as Nicci French), Kara Lindstrom (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Heather Graham ... Alice
Joseph Fiennes ... Adam Tallis
Natascha McElhone ... Deborah
Ulrich Thomsen ... Klaus
Ian Hart ... Senior Police Officer
Jason Hughes ... Jake
Kika Markham ... Mrs. Blanchard
Amy Robbins Amy Robbins ... Sylvie
Yasmin Bannerman ... Joanna Noble
Rebecca Palmer ... Michelle Stowe
Ronan Vibert ... Alice's Boss
Olivia Poulet ... Alice's Secretary
Ian Aspinall Ian Aspinall ... Alice's Work Colleague
Helen Grace Helen Grace ... Alice's Work Colleague
Oliver Ryan ... Bookshop Assistant
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Storyline

London website designer Alice was happy in a stable relationship with reliable, somewhat boring Jake, but quickly dumps him after falling in love at first sight and having wild sex with an overbearing hot hunk, even before she discovers it's the famous mountaineer Adam Tallis, a studly celebrity about whom a book is just being promoted. In no time they get married, despite anonymous warnings not to trust him. In Adam's presence she enjoys being his slavish sex-toy, but when alone at his place can't resist snooping into his past, thus finding out about women falling out of love with him and concluding her climbing rescuer is scarily, dangerously jealous, but she has no proof. Written by KGF Vissers

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Taglines:

How can you escape... what you can't resist? (US DVD) See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

In the picture of a naked Adele you can see a statue in the background. This is a reference to the Dutch translation of 'Nicci French''s novel "Killing me Softly" ("Bezeten van mij" in Dutch), as those certain statues are always used as covers in Dutch translations of Nicci French. See more »

Goofs

Alice's bra is alternately on/off between shots during the love-making scene in the library. See more »

Quotes

Adam Tallis: [told her about the painful memories after the incident] It's been two years, and it doesn't go away.
Alice: [kisses him, then confides:] I live with someone.
Adam Tallis: [confidently] But you're here.
Alice: I have to go.
[turns away]
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Alternate Versions

US theatrical version was edited for sexuality to secure a R rating. The film was released on DVD & video in both its censored and unrated version. See more »

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Never boring but oh-so-predictable.
11 May 2003 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

"Killing Me Softly" has one of those scripts that just don't give the audience a break - not only does it set up an improbable situation, but the big "twist" at the end is also mind-numbingly predictable (unless perhaps you haven't seen a thriller before in your life). The chemistry between the two leads is also lacking; Fiennes brings some physical magnetism to his role but as far as his acting is concerned, he's an inexpressive bloke, while Heather Graham is ALL TOO expressive - she overemphasizes every emotion her character is supposed to feeling by making faces at the camera. Besides, she's not even that attractive; even her co-star in this particular film, Natascha McElhone, blows her out of the water in that department. In spite of all that, Chen Kaige's direction is good, and he creates some suspenseful moments. So I give the film a generous "** out of 4" rating.


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Official Sites:

MGM [United States]

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 2002 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,775,138
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1.85 : 1
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