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Dead Again (1991)

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A woman who has lost her memory is taken in by a Los Angeles orphanage, and a private eye is enlisted to track down her identity, but he soon finds that he might have a past life connection to her that endangers their lives.

Director:

Kenneth Branagh

Writer:

Scott Frank
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth Branagh ... Roman Strauss / Mike Church
Andy Garcia ... Gray Baker
Emma Thompson ... Grace / Margaret Strauss
Lois Hall ... Sister Constance
Richard Easton ... Father Timothy
Jo Anderson ... Sister Madeleine / Starlet
Patrick Montes ... Pickup Driver
Raymond Cruz ... Supermarket Clerk
Robin Williams ... Dr. Cozy Carlisle
Wayne Knight ... 'Piccolo' Pete Dugan
Patrick Doyle ... Cop #1 - Hospital Elevator / Party Guest #2
Erik Kilpatrick Erik Kilpatrick ... Cop #2 - Hospital Elevator
Gordana Rashovich Gordana Rashovich ... Handcuffed Woman - Hospital Elevator
Derek Jacobi ... Franklyn Madson
Obba Babatundé ... Syd - Restaurant Owner (as Obba Babatunde)
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Storyline

Mike Church is a Los Angeles private detective who specializes in finding missing people. He takes on the case of a mute woman named Grace who is suffering from a total amnesia and doesn't even know her name. She keeps having nightmares involving the murder of a pianist named Margaret Strauss by her husband, Roman, in 1949. In an attempt to solve the mystery about her identity and her nightmares, Mike accepts the help of an antiquary who arrives to offer his services as a hypnotist. The hypnosis sessions soon begin to reveal some surprises. Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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A Mystery About True Love...And Certain Death. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dead Again See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,479,395, 25 August 1991

Gross USA:

$38,016,380

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,016,380
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

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Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Two additional double roles (besides Mike/Roman and Grace/Margaret) are in this movie: the nun at the orphanage turns up as a snooty starlet at a party in the 1940s, and the cop at the mental hospital is seen again as an obnoxious party guest. See more »

Goofs

In the opening credits, the newspaper stories (other than the obvious headlines) consist of the same five paragraphs printed 37 times in succession. See more »

Quotes

Cozy Carlisle: Hey, thumbdick, I was a damn good shrink. Nineteen years I worked with a lot of people through a lot of shit. OK, I slept with a patient or two. It's not like I didn't care about them. I loved being a doctor. I used to not charge half my patients. Then the fucking state comes along, they send in some bitch undercover, and I'm fucked. Life isn't fair, is it?
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Crazy Credits

Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh are each credited twice for their dual roles in this movie. See more »

Connections

Edited into The Unauthorized Hagiography of Vincent Price (2014) See more »

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Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
by Sergei Rachmaninoff
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Film noir reincarnation/murder story with surprising twists
27 July 2005 | by cshalmSee all my reviews

This movie is one of the unappreciated jewels of the 1990's, a film done so well that virtually every aspect, from script to direction to performances to music to editing, sweeps you away. Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson (who were then married)each played two roles, one in the past, one in the present, with different clothes, hairstyles and accents, as part of a couple destined to be together forever.

Branagh, coming off his rookie directing debut in HENRY V, did a simply beautiful job here, using the same creative team as HV (Patrick Doyle deserves especial kudos for his astounding musical score). Playing both a cynical private eye ("I'm not looking for Miss Right; I'm looking for Miss Right Now") and a jealous German composer from the 1940's, he turns in two complete portraits of unusual men, while directing as well.

The film didn't stay in theaters long (most likely due to studio politics), but has apparently found a new audience on video. I've loved it since the first time I saw it, in its first run (I admit to seeing it five times in the theater and buying it on video the day it came out) -- so I may be slightly prejudiced -- but from every angle -- thriller, love story, character study -- it's a winner. See it on DVD and hear Branagh's comments on various aspects of the film -- that adds another dimension right there.

In fact, see it any way you can. It's just marvelous.


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