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The price of fame is murder -- or at least it is in the mind of one woman in New Hampshire. Suzanne Stone (Nicole Kidman) has spent most of her life wanting to be famous; she's attractive, speaks well, and imagines herself to be intelligent ("imagines" is the key word here), so she has set her sights on becoming a TV anchorwoman. However, opportunities for female broadcasters are hard to come by in Little Hope, New Hampshire, and she's convinced that her husband, the once handsome but now flabby restaurant manager Larry Maretto (Matt Dillon), is just getting in her way. Suzanne gets herself a spot hosting a weather report on a local public access station, and is preparing a documentary called "Teens Speak Out," which puts her in touch with a trio of high school students -- Jimmy (Joaquin Phoenix), Russell (Casey Affleck), and Lydia (Alison Folland) -- who are even more desperate for attention than she is. When Suzanne hatches a plot to get Larry out of her life once and for all, she uses Jimmy, who has developed a serious crush on her, to do her dirty work, but Larry's sister Janice (Illeana Douglas), who has long believed there was something fishy about Suzanne, eventually begins to realize what happened to her brother. Nicole Kidman won a Golden Globe award for her work in this film, which represented something of a comeback for director Gus Van Sant after the commercial and critical disaster of Gus Van Sant. Screenwriter Buck Henry plays a small role as a high school teacher. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:September 27, 1995


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Nicole Kidman Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1995 Winner
Broadcast Film Critics Association Nicole Kidman Best Actress 1995 Winner


Nicole Kidman
as Suzanne Stone Maretto
Matt Dillon
as Larry Maretto
Joaquin Phoenix
as Jimmy
Casey Affleck
as Russell
Illeana Douglas
as Janice
Alison Folland
as Lydia Mertz
Buck Henry
as Mr. H. Finlaysson (teacher)
Nicholas Pasco
as Detective
Maria Tucci
as Angela Maretto
Gerry Quigley
as George
Wayne Knight
as Ed Grant
Ian Heath
as Student
Ron Gabriel
as Sal
Philip Williams
as Babe Hines
George Segal
Dan Hedaya
as Joe Maretto
Conrad Coates
as Weaselly Guy
Eve Crawford
as Reporter
Susan Traylor
as Faye
David Cronenberg
as Man at Lake
Kurtwood Smith
as Earl Stone
Tom Quinn
as Skating Promoter
Michael Rispoli
as Ben DeLuca
Tim Hopper
as Mike Warden
Kyra Harper
as Mary Emmett
Holland Taylor
as Carol Stone


Gus Van Sant
Joseph M. Caracciolo, Jr.
Laura Ziskin
Jonathan Taplin
Joyce Maynard
Book Author
Buck Henry
Eric Alan Edwards
Danny Elfman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Danny Elfman
Composer (Music Score)
Curtiss Clayton
Missy Stewart
Production Designer
Jonathan Taplin
Executive Producer
Joseph M. Caracciolo, Jr.
Executive Producer
Carol Lavoie
Set Designer
Beatrix Aruna Pasztor
Costume Designer
Howard Feuer