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A Kiss Before Dying
A Kiss Before Dying
Actors: Matt Dillon, Sean Young, James Bonfanti, Sarah Keller, Martha Gehman
Director: James Dearden
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
R     2004     1hr 34min

Matt Dillon, Sean Young and Max Von Sydow star in this chilling romantic thriller from writer-director James Dearden (Fatal Attraction). Troubled by the death of her twin sister, Ellen Carlson (Young) unwittingly falls in ...  more »

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Actors: Matt Dillon, Sean Young, James Bonfanti, Sarah Keller, Martha Gehman
Director: James Dearden
Creators: Mike Southon, James Dearden, Chris Thompson, Eric Fellner, Paul Raphael, Robert Lawrence, Ira Levin
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Universal Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 12/28/2004
Original Release Date: 04/26/1991
Theatrical Release Date: 04/26/1991
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 34min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

nom-de-nick | United States | 03/14/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"but just that. As a thriller, it has a long way to go, largely because of a bad script and medicore acting. Sean Young is so average it's sad. You can't tell if her character is grieving, scheming, uncaring or just plain stupid in many parts. Matt Dillon tried hard, but he also couldn't rise about his level of mediocrity. Still, as noted earlier, it's watchable as opposed to a complete piece of trash."
Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 03/25/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Sean Young is the main reason this adaptation of the classic novel and 1956 film doesn't come up to snuff. She's a lovely lady, but her performance in this one is so uninspired and apathetic, one cannot feel for her or cheer her on in her quest to find out who murdered her twin sister. The audience knows early on that Matt Dillon is the nasty culprit, a true sociopath who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. A contrived and convoluted script doesn't help either. For instance, after Young finds out who her husband really is, what makes her sure that he killed her sister? And how does Dillon know that Young is at his mother's house? The supporting cast gamely tries, even Diane Ladd as Dillon's mother, and James Russo as a cop turned security guard. But it's all laid out so methodically lame, it just doesn't work out. By the time Dillon gets his just desert, who really cares?"
Watch Out for Obsessive Young Men!
Laurel-Rain Snow "Rain" | Fresno, California | 02/28/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"A Kiss Before Dying is a movie that I enjoy watching when I'm bored. It isn't a great movie, but it's fun to watch Sean Young, as the twin of a murdered young woman (killed by Matt Dillon's character), as she attempts to prove that her sister did not commit suicide.

In the beginning, I especially liked the somber child staring out at a train - incidentally one with the name of a powerful family on the side - and then follow his machinations as he grows up obsessed with this very family. The twins, of course, are members of the family and heirs to a gigantic fortune.

I originally saw the movie at the theater, and then bought the VHS version. Only recently did I acquire the DVD.

It is one film that I like having in my collection for those moments when I'm in the mood for a suspenseful thriller that doesn't ever fail to engage my attention.

Laurel-Rain Snow
Author of: Web of Tyranny, etc.

A great thriller.
Dickie Greenleaf | São Paulo, Brazil | 11/20/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This movie is a great thriller, in the style of Fatal Atracttion and Single, White, Female. But, it could be a little more like Ira Levin's novel. But Sean Young's death ( In the beggining ) is one of the bests in the genre."