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A Kiss Before Dying

A Kiss Before Dying
Matt Dillon, Max Von Sydow and Sean Young

Rated: R for violence
Reviewed by: Frank and Chris  
Release date: April 26, 1991

Growing up watching train cars bearing the name of Carlsson Copper Corporation pass by his home, Jonathan Corliss (Matt Dillon) longs for the money and position behind that name. He dates one of Thor Carlsson's (Mac Von Sydow) twin daughters, Dorothy (both played by Sean Young) whom he meets at the University of Pennsylvania. Because Dorothy's father had detectives check out her previous dates, the affair is kept very quiet. When Dorothy falls from the roof of a Philadelphia building, the police dismiss it as a suicide, but her sister Ellen believes that she was murdered.

Corliss changes his name, makes up a new background and makes a move on the unsuspecting Ellen. There are more dead bodies along the way, as Jonathan attempts to erase his past.

Impressive actor, Von Sydow has such a small role that he is insignificant to the story. Dillon is good as the evil and greedy Jonathan and Sean is especially good in her dual role. However, other than a father who leaves when he is a boy and a mother who nags him to make something of his life, there isn't sufficient motivation behind Jonathan's murderous actions. In the original film with Robert Wagner and Joanne Woodward which took place in the 50's, pregnancy was a serious matter but not today.

Aren't killers supposed to have had some horrible trauma in their childhood? But discounting some plot flaws, this is a pretty good thriller.

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