A Kiss Before Dying (1991) - Rotten Tomatoes

A Kiss Before Dying (1991)




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A Kiss Before Dying is director James Dearden's remake of Gerd Oswald's 1957 thriller. Jonathan Corliss (Matt Dillon) is obsessed with gaining wealth and prestige. In order to achieve his goal, he chooses the family of one particular local tycoon, Thor Carlsson (Max von Sydow) and coolly seduces Carlsson's gullible daughter Dorothy (Sean Young). When she becomes pregnant, which will force their marriage and her disinheritance, he murders her. He then searches out Dorothy's grieving twin sister, Ellen (Sean Young), in a dual role, and marries her. Unfortunately for him, Ellen, never having believed Dorothy's death to be a suicide, begins to investigate. Her investigations lead to the disclosure of Jonathan's true intentions.


Matt Dillon
as Jonathan Corliss
Sean Young
as Ellen Carlsson
Max von Sydow
as Thor Carlsson
Diane Ladd
as Mrs. Corliss
Joy Lee
as Cathy
James Russo
as Dan Corelli
Adam Horovitz
as Jay Faraday
Martha Gehman
as Patricia Farren
Yvette Edelhart
as Screaming Lady
Virginia Leith
as Ellen Kingship
Jim Fyfe
as Terry Dieter
Mollie McCart
as Annabelle
Lachelle Carl
as Reporter
Shane Rimmer
as Commissioner Mallet
Sarah Keller
as Lecturer
Ben Browder
as Tommy Roussell
James Bonfanti
as Young Jonathan
Joie Lee
as Cathy
Sam Coppola
as Detective Michaelson
Lynn Frazen-Cohen
as Elderly Woman
Leslie Lyles
as Mrs. Roussell
Mark Potter
as Mr. Roussell
Lia Chang
as Shoe Saleslady
Nancy Herman
as Receptionist
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Critic Reviews for A Kiss Before Dying

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

This is Matt Dillon's first film since Drugstore Cowboy, and demonstrates again that he is one of the best actors working in movies.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Most unkindly (but amusingly), the 1992 Razzie Awards gave Sean Young both the Worst Actress and Worst Supporting Actress Awards for playing the twins

May 16, 2009 | Full Review…

Matt Dillon is chilling....one of the better erotic thrillers of the 90's

July 4, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for A Kiss Before Dying

An interesting movie. We know who the bad guy is, but the characters in the movie do not. Ellen can't quite believe that her sister committed suicide, and she continues investigating over a couple of years -- while meeting, falling in love with and marrying the character played by Matt Dillon. It is not quite a whodunit, but a figure-out-who-did-it. I'd like to see the original 1956 version of the movie though.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer


matt's good but the film provides the questionable advantage of seeing sean young give two absolutlely terrible performances.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

This truly risible thriller, a remake of the 1956 film, is rendered even worse by Sean Young who, by playing twins, is doubly dreadful.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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