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Kiss of Death (1995)

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A reformed convict goes undercover with the help of an angry detective to ensnare a psychotic mobster.

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Barbet Schroeder

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Eleazar Lipsky (story), Ben Hecht | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Caruso ... Jimmy Kilmartin
Samuel L. Jackson ... Calvin Hart
Nicolas Cage ... Little Junior Brown
Helen Hunt ... Bev Kilmartin
Kathryn Erbe ... Rosie Kilmartin
Stanley Tucci ... Frank Zioli
Michael Rapaport ... Ronnie Gannon
Ving Rhames ... Omar
Philip Baker Hall ... Big Junior Brown
Anthony Heald ... Jack Gold
Angel David ... J.J.
John Costelloe ... Cleary
Lindsay J. Wrinn Lindsay J. Wrinn ... Corinna as a Toddler
Megan L. Wrinn Megan L. Wrinn ... Corinna as a Toddler
Katie Sagona ... Corinna, 4 Years Old
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Storyline

Jimmy Kilmartin's an ex-con who's trying to go straight. But he can't say no to a quick driving job because his so called friend's life is threatened. The job is for Little Junior Brown, a violent and powerful villain. When things go wrong, Jimmy is left to do the time, and his whole life is turned upside-down, but if that wasn't enough, the cops won't leave Jimmy alone when he gets out... They want 'Little Junior' Written by Rob Hartill, corrected by Lex Gustafsson

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Taglines:

Little Junior Brown. He rules the streets. He owns the game. But he doesn't own all of the players.

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, nudity and strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A halál csókja See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,317,066, 23 April 1995

Gross USA:

$14,942,422

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,942,422
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In an interview, Nicolas Cage said he thought of Little Junior's personality as "a big horrible baby". See more »

Goofs

When we first see the Red Explorer - before Little Junior gives it to Jimmy - it has no license plate on the front. But when Jimmy drives it home it DOES have a license plate in the front. See more »

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Ronnie: You know what your problem is? You're a liberal.
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Alternate Versions

The FX cable TV version that aired in the late '90s/early 2000s did the usual violence and language edits and most notably during the strip club scenes adds black blurs (ex: when Nicolas Cage is talking to a few people, the topless dancer has a digitally added black dress so that the scene is safe to air). See more »

Connections

Remake of Kiss of Death (1947) See more »

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Porque No Unirnos
Written by Thomas Kukulies and Roberto Herrador
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Courtesy of LaserLight Digital by arrangement with Source/Q
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Solid crime thriller
23 January 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Ex-con Jimmy Kilmartin agrees to drive a truck of stolen cars as a favour to a friend. Whilst on the job he gets caught but refuses to role over on the others involved. Whilst in prison his wife is killed in a car crash and Jimmy leaves prison, bitter but with a determination to move on. However NYPD officer Calvin wants to use Kilmartin to get close to Little Junior Brown and get evidence to shut him down.

This was one of several vehicles that was planned to turn David Caruso from a TV hit to a big screen star - as we know, it didn't work out that way. However the story is pretty solid, it doesn't break new ground and there's nothing outside of the usual crime thriller plot to surprise you but it's really quite good. At times it's a little dull because it is so straight forward but it's mostly entertaining.

Caruso, for all his current lack of success, is actually very good. The problem is that he's good by doing the same "NY Irish tough but fair" role that he did in NYPD Blue, King of New York, Bodycount and most films he's done! It's good but I don't think he can do anything else. Jackson has presence as he always does and the support cast is really well filled out with people like Helen Hunt, Stanley Tucci, Rapaport, Philip Baker Hall, Ving Rhames. Nicolas Cage's Little Junior is a mixed bag. At some points he is effective but for the most part he's horribly OTT and hammy. His character is full of ticks and eccentricities that at the end of the day that's all Cage has to do.

Overall this is a solid thriller with no surprises. Caruso fans (like me) will like it regardless because it's Caruso doing his usual role. But others may not be so easily made to overlook the weaknesses.


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