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Kiss of Death (1995)



Critic Consensus: An outstanding ensemble cast propels Kiss of Death, a noir-ish crime thriller that's slick and big on atmosphere, even if its script may only provide sporadic bursts of tension.

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A loyal family man who has had trouble with the law is released from prison on the condition that he help the government spy on Little Junior, a major crime lord. This noirish thriller follows the ex-con's efforts to befriend the crime boss and keep his identity as an informant secret.


David Caruso
as Jimmy Kilmartin
Nicolas Cage
as Little Junior
Stanley Tucci
as Frank Zioli
Anthony Heald
as Jack Gold
Katie Sagona
as Corinna (age 4)
Anne Meara
as Bev's Mother
Kevin Corrigan
as Kid Selling Infinity
Hugh Palmer
as Dancing Naked Man
Hope Davis
as Junior's Girlfriend
Richard Price
as City Clerk
Edward McDonald
as US Attorney
Alex Stevens
as Convoy Drunk
Joe Lisi
as Agent at Bungalow
Frank DiLeo
as Big Junior's Friend
Jason Andrews
as Johnny A
Ed Trucco
as Calvin's Partner
Bernadette Penotti
as Molested Dancer
Debra J. Pereira
as Sioux Dancer
Shiek Mahmud-Bey
as Federal Agent
Joe Pentangelo
as Riker's Security Officer
John C. Vennema
as Angry Federal Agent
Tony Cucci
as Junior's Crew No. 1
Allen K. Bernstein
as Junior's Crew No. 2
as J.J.'s Crew No. 1
José María Vaz de Soto
as J.J.'s Crew No. 2
Lloyd Hollar
as Prison Chaplain
Nicholas Falcone
as Priest at Funeral
James McCauley
as Cop Outside Bar
Michael Artura
as Emergency Room Cop
Tom Riis Farrell
as EMS Supervisor
Henry Yuk
as Chinese Restaurant Owner
Chuck Margiotta
as Escort at Cemetery No. 1
Jay M. Boryea
as Escort at Cemetery No. 2
Joseph Pentangelo
as Riker's Security Officer
Alan Jeffrey Gordon
as Riker's Security Officer
Dean Rader-Duval
as Sing Sing Guard
Willie M. Watford
as Sing Sing Guard
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Critic Reviews for Kiss of Death

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (14)

What's most effective about the new Kiss of Death is Tucci's marvelously slimy prosecutor.

September 19, 2008 | Full Review…

A crackling thriller that feels unusually attuned to its lowlife characters.

September 19, 2008

Cage and Caruso strike sparks in this riveting piece of pulp fiction, but it's that first Kiss you'll remember.

March 7, 2005

It's a sleek, muscular thriller played by a terrific ensemble cast...

May 20, 2003

A riveting crime drama.

June 18, 2002 | Full Review…

Cage, one of the few American actors who gets more interesting from film to film, comes close to kidnaping the picture as Little Junior, a pumped-up but asthmatic thug who, like King Kong, is a gorilla with a wistful air about him.

February 13, 2001 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Kiss of Death


What impressed me to start with was all the name actors - Nicholas Cage, Samuel Jackson, Helen Hunt, etc. You are alternately distressed at the hopelessness of fighting organized crime and hope for the hero.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer


A whole host of great actors that were so much younger and greener in 1995. David Caruso plays an excellent part as a informant to a Distrait Attorney, and who he is informing on is a tough Little Junior Brown (Nicolas Cage, mean while he's putting up with the cop who was shot in a prior crime Samuel L Jackson, Plenty of action and very well written for a 1995 movie that is worth watching more then once. 4 1/2 stars

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


Forget the other well known actors in this film, this is a David Curuso film, with the smaller parts being played by others. Curuso himself plays quite a good role, unfortunately I think Nick Cage ruined this film, his attempt at playing the pshycho, was less than believable and he just looked like a corny action star.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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