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Killing Me Softly (2002)

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


Kaige Chen


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





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 Oliver Ryan ... Bookshop Assistant


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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 »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

MGM [United States]





Release Date:

21 June 2002 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Feu de glace See more »


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Heather Graham and Natascha McElhone again appeared together during the final season of Californication (2007). See more »


When Alice reaches for the doorknob of her office for the first time the newspaper in her bag is sticking out the back. But when she enters the office the paper is still in her bag but now poking out under her arm. See more »


Alice: [present an idea to her work colleagues] Most of the people using the program are women and we try to sell them a game but women don't like games, women like stories. Men like games, men like to slay the dragon and get the princess but women like to know how did the dragon and the princess all get there in the first place.
Alice's Work Colleague: Gave me a chance to think. We shouldn't be playing games.
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Referenced in Indie Sex: Censored (2007) See more »

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14 January 2008 | by gina1177See all my reviews

Firstly, a look on the bright side: You might like this movie if you are in the mood for some trash thriller with outstanding awful performances of otherwise capable actors in a nice setting with a pretty and well-dressed Heather Graham. It could also deliver some funny embarrassing moments if watching this movie on a first date. Thus it scores 2 points.

Watching this movie in a theater at a sneak preview and thus knowing nothing about it, the ridiculous mixture of plot, dialogues and attitude of the main characters lead us to the misinterpretation that we were seeing a satire. Only after about 20 minutes we realized that it was just a stunningly bad thriller. We still had some fun and good laughs. I wonder what it takes to make an actor like Joseph Fiennes to play so poorly. Maybe he, too, thought this was meant to be a satire.

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