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Kill Me Again (1989)

A young detective becomes involved with a beautiful woman on the run from the mob and her psychopath boyfriend.

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John Dahl
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pat Mulligan Pat Mulligan ... Sammy
Nick Dimitri ... Marty
Michael Madsen ... Vince Miller
Joanne Whalley ... Fay Forrester (as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer)
Robert Schuch Robert Schuch ... Collection Agent #1
Duane Tucker Duane Tucker ... Collection Agent #2
Val Kilmer ... Jack Andrews
Molly Flanegin Molly Flanegin ... Gossipy Motel Clerk
Dominic Dinino Dominic Dinino ... Rest Stop Little Boy
Daniel Dorse Daniel Dorse ... Rest Stop Father
Bibi Besch ... Jack's Secretary
Jim Boeke Jim Boeke ... Javonovitch
Jon Gries ... Alan Swayzie (as Jonathan Gries)
Michael Sharrett ... Tim the Motel Clerk
Debby Lynn Ross Debby Lynn Ross ... Kathy the Drowned Wife
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Storyline

Fay Forrester, an attractive young lady wants to escape from her violent and jealous boyfriend Vince. So she hires Jack Andrews, a second class private investigator to arrange her death. She wants to restart her life with a new identity and the money she robbed together with Vince. Because of Jack's financial problems he joins Fay after her fake death. Unfortunately Vince finds out that Fay's still alive. The hunt for Jack, Fay and the money begins... Written by Markus Lasermann <mslaserm@trick.informatik.uni-stuttgart.de>

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Her last request was his first mistake. See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Uccidimi due volte See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$66,013, 29 October 1989

Gross USA:

$283,694

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$283,694
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Joanne Whaley-Kilmer's new name "Vera Billings" is a combination of the town (Billings) where writer-director 'Dahl, John' is from, and a girl he dated. See more »

Goofs

Upset after reading a newspaper account of Fay's supposed death in Reno, psychopath Vince, more or less, trashes the restaurant and leaves by the front door. Looking from the inside of the restaurant, we see him walk by the front window and we can read the name of the restaurant Las Vegas Quality Cafe, painted on the window, which tells us where Vince currently is and we can figure out where he's going next. Howsoever, if you paint a restaurant sign on a window, you paint so it can be read from the outside looking in, not so it can be read from the inside looking out. See more »

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Soundtracks

Haydn Cello Concerto 2 In D Major-II Adagio
Written by Franz Joseph Haydn (as Haydn)
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Enjoyable little neo-noir - worth watching until the last ten minutes
3 January 2006 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Even to this day, it's regrettable that the film noir tradition had to die out at the end of the fifties; but all is not quite lost, as since the release of Chinatown in 1974, there has been a steady stream of 'neo-noir' thrillers being released, and while generally not as good as their ancestral counterparts; they usually make for decent films. Kill Me Again is one such thriller; that, while suffering from a number of problems, does a good job in reminding us film fans of the classics from the forties and fifties by creating a good noir atmosphere, which is fused with a typical noir plot line. The film that it takes the most influence from definitely seems to be Billy Wilder's classic "Double Indemnity", as it follows themes of a man being dragged into a plot by a woman and death for profit. The plot follows a woman who escapes her jealous boyfriend after the pair steals over eight hundred grand from some mobsters. He isn't too pleased about her taking his cash, however, and despite her efforts of hiding by hiring a private detective to fake her death; jealous boyfriend remains on her tail.

The film starts off well - the plot is set up nicely, and hints at a thrilling ride to come. The middle, too, is well done and remains thrilling while taking in the familiar noir elements. It's the ending that really, really lets the film down, however. The ending is probably the most important part for any film - as it is this that is going to stay in the audience's mind after the credits role; but the filmmakers here haven't realised that. The twist is one the most clear cut cases of having a twist in the film just for the sake of having one. It makes absolutely no sense given what has gone before, and this is matched by the abrupt ending that follows straight after. And then, just so it gets a little bit worse; we get 'treated' to a sappy final conclusion. To it's credit, the cast does well; with Val Kilmer taking the starring role. I'm not a massive fan of this guy, but he usually performs well, and he looks the part here. He is joined by his then-wife, Joanne Whalley and the always excellent Michael Madsen tops off the central trio. It's always great to see Madsen in films, and the role here is an obvious prelude to his career making performance in Reservoir Dogs. Overall, this isn't an essential film - but it's good up until the ending, and I enjoyed it so it gets a thumbs up on the whole.


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