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To Die For (1995)

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A beautiful but naïve aspiring television personality films a documentary on teenagers with a darker ulterior motive.

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Gus Van Sant

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Joyce Maynard (book), Buck Henry (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicole Kidman ... Suzanne Stone
Matt Dillon ... Larry Maretto
Joaquin Phoenix ... Jimmy Emmett
Casey Affleck ... Russel Hines
Illeana Douglas ... Janice Maretto
Alison Folland ... Lydia Mertz
Dan Hedaya ... Joe Maretto
Wayne Knight ... Ed Grant
Kurtwood Smith ... Earl Stone
Holland Taylor ... Carol Stone
Susan Traylor ... Faye Stone
Maria Tucci ... Angela Maretto
Tim Hopper ... Mike Warden
Michael Rispoli ... Ben DeLuca
Buck Henry ... Mr. H. Finlaysson
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Storyline

Suzanne Stone (Kidman) knows exactly what she wants. She wants to be a television newscaster and she is willing to do anything to get what she wants. What she lacks in intelligence, she makes up for in cold determination and diabolical wiles. As she pursues her goal with relentless focus, she is forced to destroy anything and anyone that may stand in her way, regardless of the ultimate cost or means necessary. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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She knew what it took to get to the top... a lot of heart and a little head. See more »


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Rated R for strong sexual content, and for language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Todo por un sueño See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$21,284,514
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Stephen Dorff and Edward Furlong were considered for the role of Jimmy Emmett. Furlong expressed disappointment over not receiving the part, as he wanted the role and felt he had a successful meeting with director Gus Van Sant. See more »

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When Lydia calls Suzanne to set up the last meeting, we see a large device taped to her abdomen. At the mall, with the detectives listening, Suzanne pokes Lydia in exactly the same spot, but neither she feels nor do we see the device under Lydia's shirt. See more »

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Suzanne Stone Maretto: You aren't really anybody in America if you're not on TV.
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Nicole Kidman is to die for
10 September 2005 | by StanleyStrangeloveSee all my reviews

Nicole Kidman's breakthrough film, indie director Gus Van Sant's tragic-comic tale of Suzanne Stone (Nicole Kidman) a fame obsessed housewife who seduces three teenagers to get rid of her husband (Matt Dillon.) To Die For is directed in a pseudo-documentary style with some of the characters telling their story to the camera. Writer Buck Henry seems to be commenting on the superficiality of TV personalities, weather forecasters and talk show hosts with his references to Geraldo Rivera and Maury Povich and Suzanne's obsessive desire to be on TV.

The acting is outstanding from everyone. Nicole Kidman is the perfect choice for the seductress whose emotional age seems to be about ten years old and gives new meaning to the word "superficial." Joaquin Phoenix shows evidence of the star he would become. Alison Folland and Illeana Douglas are excellent.

I'm an admitted Nicole Kidman fan and this film shows her talent. She's also a gorgeous woman. Recommended.


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