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Killing Me Softly (2002)

A woman faces deadly consequences for abandoning her loving relationship with her boyfriend to pursue exciting sexual scenarios with a mysterious celebrity mountaineer.

Director:

Kaige Chen

Writers:

Sean French (novel) (as Nicci French), Kara Lindstrom (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Heather Graham ... Alice
Joseph Fiennes ... Adam Tallis
Natascha McElhone ... Deborah
Ulrich Thomsen ... Klaus
Ian Hart ... Senior Police Officer
Jason Hughes ... Jake
Kika Markham ... Mrs. Blanchard
Amy Robbins Amy Robbins ... Sylvie
Yasmin Bannerman ... Joanna Noble
Rebecca Palmer ... Michelle Stowe
Ronan Vibert ... Alice's Boss
Olivia Poulet ... Alice's Secretary
Ian Aspinall Ian Aspinall ... Alice's Work Colleague
Helen Grace Helen Grace ... Alice's Work Colleague
Oliver Ryan ... Bookshop Assistant
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Storyline

London website designer Alice was happy in a stable relationship with reliable, somewhat boring Jake, but quickly dumps him after falling in love at first sight and having wild sex with an overbearing hot hunk, even before she discovers it's the famous mountaineer Adam Tallis, a studly celebrity about whom a book is just being promoted. In no time they get married, despite anonymous warnings not to trust him. In Adam's presence she enjoys being his slavish sex-toy, but when alone at his place can't resist snooping into his past, thus finding out about women falling out of love with him and concluding her climbing rescuer is scarily, dangerously jealous, but she has no proof. Written by KGF Vissers

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How can you escape... what you can't resist? (US DVD) See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, some violence and language | See all certifications »

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On the website celebritymoviearchive - a popular site for viewing nudity and sex scenes in mainstream movies in the vein of Mr. Skin - the first sex scene between Heather Graham and Joseph Fiennes in Killing Me Softly is the most viewed of all the clips on the entire site. See more »

Goofs

Alice's bra is alternately on/off between shots during the love-making scene in the library. See more »

Quotes

Adam Tallis: [as Alice puts on her stockings] Don't turn away.
[looks at her appreciatively]
Adam Tallis: Come here tomorrow.
Alice: [up close together, forehead touching his, longingly:] I have to work.
Adam Tallis: Then come back tonight.
Alice: I can't.
Adam Tallis: Whenever you want, Alice. You decide, and I'll be here.
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Alternate Versions

US theatrical version was edited for sexuality to secure a R rating. The film was released on DVD & video in both its censored and unrated version. See more »

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An embarrassment
7 May 2004 | by bobc-14See all my reviews

One of the worst movies I've seen in a very long time. Heather Graham can't act. If the part called for a bimbo, then maybe she fit the bill. She's almost as bad an actor as Raquel Welch was early in her career.

It goes to show what a bad script and direction can do to an actor like Joseph Fiennes who was so good in "Shakespeare in Love" and "Elizabeth". It would be hard to imagine that the good actors in this film didn't know it was a turkey when they were making it.

This film almost is in the category of so bad it's good. I did chuckle from time to time at some of the ludicrous dialog and scenes. But, if you're looking for that type of movie, a much better choice is "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls".


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Official Sites:

MGM [United States]

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 2002 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,775,138
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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