A Kiss Before Dying

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"Loving him was easy. Trusting him was deadly."
  • R
  • 1991
  • 1 hr 34 min
  • 5.7  (5,868)
  • 40

A Kiss Before Dying is a 1991 psychological thriller directed by James Dearden and based on the novel written by Ira Levin. The movie stars Matt Dillon, Sean Young, and James Bonfanti in lead roles. The story revolves around Jonathan Corliss, a charming and handsome young man who is desperate for wealth and success. He deceives and murders his girlfriend Dorothy at the outset of the film, whom he impregnated to gain leverage to marry her into her wealthy family. Dorothy's sister, Ellen, is left to grieve over her sister's death while trying to uncover the truth about the identity of her sibling's killer.

As Jonathan manipulates his way into the life of Ellen's family, he continues to charm and seduce her, taking full advantage of her vulnerability. Ellen eventually finds herself falling in love with Jonathan despite her suspicions of his involvement in her sister's murder. Will Ellen be able to prove Jonathan's guilt before she becomes his next victim? Or will the villainous Jonathan get away with his crimes?

Matt Dillon delivers a chilling performance as Jonathan, who is the master manipulator, coldly calculating and always one step ahead of others. In contrast, Sean Young's portrayal of Ellen, is fraught with vulnerability, which makes it easy to sympathize with her character as she tries to come to terms with the loss of her sister.

The film is set in the 1950s, which adds to the timeless and classic nature of the plot, which is all about greed, deception and the desire for power. The music score, the wardrobe, the set design, and the camera work are all top-notch and add to the overall creepy ambiance of the movie, creating an atmosphere of foreboding that keeps the audience on the edge of their seat.

While the film is slow-paced at first, the tension builds gradually as the plot unfolds, keeping the audience engaged and invested in the outcome. The twists and turns of the story keep viewers guessing until the very end, leaving them with a sense of unease and uncertainty.

Overall, A Kiss Before Dying is an exceptional thriller that boasts a great cast, amazing direction, and a well-written story. It is a movie that hooks the audience from the very beginning and leaves them thoroughly impressed by the end. If you enjoy psychological thrillers, this is a must-watch movie.

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