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To Die For
- Nicole Kidman

Overview - A cable-TV weather girl who'll do anything to become a celebrity seduces a high school student and convinces him to kill her go-nowhere husband in this black comedy. Gus Van Sant's (MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO, ELEPHANT) sly satire on America's tabloid mentality is loosely adapted from Joyce Maynard's chronicle of the real-life tale of husband-killer Pamela Smart.  Read more...

 
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Overview

A cable-TV weather girl who'll do anything to become a celebrity seduces a high school student and convinces him to kill her go-nowhere husband in this black comedy. Gus Van Sant's (MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO, ELEPHANT) sly satire on America's tabloid mentality is loosely adapted from Joyce Maynard's chronicle of the real-life tale of husband-killer Pamela Smart.

Cast List

Illeana Douglas - Granddaughter of Melvyn Douglas
Nicole Kidman - Actress, TO DIE FOR
Casey Affleck - Actor - brother of Ben
Alison Folland - Actress
Dan Hedaya - American TV/Film Actor
Joaquin Phoenix - American actor, WALK THE LINE
Joaquin Rafael Bottom - American actor, WALK THE LINE
Leaf Phoenix - American actor, WALK THE LINE
Lief Phoenix - American actor, WALK THE LINE
Kurtwood Smith - Star, HARD SCRAMBLED (2006)
Gus Van Sant - American Director/Screenwriter, MILK, LAST DAYS
Matt Dillon - American actor, DRUGSTORE COWBOY (1989)
Wayne Knight - Comedian/Actor
Holland Taylor - American supporting actress

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 106
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 014381693027
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: December 2010

Related Categories:
Movies > Comedies

Related Keywords:
Black Comedy
Romance
Teenage
True Story
Murder
Recommended
Character Study
Satire
Theatrical Release

 
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Synopsis:
Suzanne Stone is a blond, glamorous, ambitious and ruthless TV weatherperson in Little Hope, N.H. She's also completely obsessed with both the notion of celebrity, and with becoming one -- no matter what she has to do. But when Larry, Suzanne's blue-collar husband, naively suggests she give up her career to raise a family, Suzanne realizes that Larry is merely an obstacle on the road to fame. She then comes up with an idea: manipulate three local teens (emotionally and physically) into killing Larry. The resulting tabloid media coverage brings Suzanne the notoriety she's always desired, and she enjoys every moment. But what Suzanne doesn't know is that small-mindedness is about to contribute to her downfall.

Notes:
Color by Technicolor. Shown at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival. Released theatrically in the USA September 27, 1995. The Boston Society of Film Critics awarded Nicole Kidman Best Actress of 1995.

Reviews:
"...[Kidman is] breathtaking....Kudos to Van Sant..." - Recommended - 04/01/1996 Premiere, p.132


"...Prime social satire and outrageous fun....Sparked by a volcanically sexy and richly comic performance..." - 10/19/1995 Rolling Stone, p.155-6


"...Kidman is like a Roman candle....Directed with comic brightness..." -- Rating: B+ - 04/19/1996 Entertainment Weekly, pp.84-5


"...TO DIE FOR delivers continuous pinpricks of irreverent humor and subversive cultural commentary. Witty, energetic and splendidly acted..." - 05/29/1995 Variety


"...A smart black comedy that skewers America's fatal fascination with television and celebrity....Told with a panache that extends from the opening credits to its closing frames, TO DIE FOR plays its themes for everything they're worth..." - 09/27/1995 Los Angeles Times, p.F1


"...TO DIE FOR is the kind of movie that's merciless with its characters, and Kidman is superb....The film is filled with perfect character studies..." - 10/06/1995 Chicago Sun-Times, p.41


4 stars out of 5 -- "Like the finest satire, TO DIE FOR is no-prisoners nasty, very funny and both exaggerated and true." - 11/01/2007 Uncut, p.150


"Nicole Kidman gives a peerless performance....Van Sant's non-linear faux-documentary narrative, with its tabloid-news-style talking heads and sly gags comes up fresh as a daisy after a dozen years." - 11/01/2007 Sight and Sound, p.87


4 stars out of 5 -- "[The film] showcases some accomplished performances....These combine with some solid direction from Van Sant to result in a juicy little guilty pleasure." - 10/01/2007 Ultimate DVD, p.123

 
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