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A Kiss Before Dying Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

This thriller is the second film based on the novel of the same name by Ira Levin. Matt Dillon stars as Jonathan Corliss, a lethal schemer from the wrong side of the tracks. Now a student at the University of Pennsylvania, Jonathan has been obsessed since childhood with the fortunes of a company called Carlsson Copper. Jonathan plans to ingratiate himself with the wealthy family of magnate Thor Carlsson (Max von Sydow) and has begun secretly dating Carlsson's daughter Dorothy (Sean Young). When Dorothy learns that she's pregnant and informs Jonathan that she'll be cut off without her inheritance when her father learns the truth, Jonathan murders her, making it appear to be a suicide, and moves to New York. There, he makes the acquaintance of Ellen Carlsson (also played by Young), the late Dorothy's twin sister, and begins wooing her. This time he meets with success, winning Ellen's hand in marriage and a powerful position in his new father-in-law's company. However, Ellen has long nursed suspicions about her twin's death and as she probes deeper into the alleged suicide, she uncovers alarming facts about some other murders and the identity of her sister's unknown lover. Director James Dearden also wrote Fatal Attraction (1987), which contains similar themes. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:April 26, 1991

Cast

Matt Dillon
as Jonathan Corliss
Sean Young
as Dorothy Carlsson
Sean Young
as Ellen
Max von Sydow
as Thor Carlsson
James Russo
as Dan Corelli
Diane Ladd
as Mrs. Corliss
Martha Gehman
as Patricia Farren
Billy Hopkins
Frederick Koehler
as Mickey
Virginia Leith
as Ellen Kingship
Mollie McCart
as Annabelle
James Bonfanti
as Young Jonathan
Sarah Keller
as Lecturer
Lia Chang
as Shoe Saleslady
Yvette Edelhart
as Screaming Lady
Jim Fyfe
as Terry Dieter
Shane Rimmer
as Commissioner Mallet
Adam Horovitz
as Jay Faraday
Joie Lee
as Cathy
Brett Barth
as Dave
Ben Browder
as Tommy Roussell
Elzbieta Czyzewska
as Landlady
Galaxy Craze
as Susie
Rory Cochrane
as Chico
Kristy Graves
as Rose
Billie Neal
as Nurse
Lynn Frazen-Cohen
as Elderly Woman
Leslie Lyles
as Mrs. Roussell
Nancy Herman
as Receptionist
Lachelle Carl
as Reporter
Sam Coppola
as Det. Michaelson
Adam Horovitz
as Jay Faraday
Lachelle Carl
as Reporter
Frederick Koehler
as Mickey
Galaxy Craze
as Susie
Elzbieta Czyzewska
as Landlady
Ben Browder
as Tommy Roussell
Brett Barth
as Dave
Nancy Herman
as Receptionist
Mollie McCart
as Annabelle
Lynn Frazen-Cohen
as Elderly Woman
Lia Chang
as Shoe Saleslady
Leslie Lyles
as Mrs. Roussell
Kristy Graves
as Rose
Jim Fyfe
as Terry Dieter
James Bonfanti
as Young Jonathan
Billie Neal
as Nurse
Rory Cochrane
as Chico
Joie Lee
as Cathy
Shane Rimmer
as Commissioner Mallet
Sarah Keller
as Lecturer
Yvette Edelhart
as Screaming Lady
Virginia Leith
as Ellen Kingship

Crew

James Dearden
Director
Robert Lawrence
Producer
James Dearden
Screenwriter
Ira Levin
Book Author
Mike Southon
Cinematographer
Howard Shore
Composer (Music Score)
Michael Bradsell
Editor
Jim Clay
Production Designer
Kalina Ivanov
Art Director
Rod McLean
Art Director
Chris Seagers
Art Director
Chris Shriver
Art Director
Paul Raphael
Associate Producer
Chris Thompson
Associate Producer
Eric Fellner
Executive Producer
Catherine Davis
Set Designer
Marit Allen
Costume Designer
John Dods
Special Effects
Suzanne Smith
Casting
Mary Richards
Production Manager
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