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Dead Again is a 1991 thriller film directed by Kenneth Branagh, starring Branagh and his then-wife Emma Thompson. Andy Garcia, Derek Jacobi and Robin Williams are also featured. Promotional poster for Dead Again, deemed This work is copyrighted. ... Promotional poster for Dead Again, deemed This work is copyrighted. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Thriller films are movies that primarily use action and suspense to engage the audience. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Kenneth Branagh Kenneth Charles Branagh (born December 10, 1960) is a versatile, Emmy Award-winning, Northern Irish-born British actor and film director. ... Thompson in the 1989 film The Tall Guy Emma Thompson (born April 15, 1959) is a two-time Academy Award and BAFTA-winning English actress, comedian, and screenwriter. ... Andy Garcia at the Incirlik hospital, Incirlik Air Base, December 7, 2001 Andy García (born April 12, 1956) is a Cuban-American actor. ... Sir Derek Jacobi plays Gracchus in Gladiator. ... Robin Williams performing in Iraq. ...


The movie was released in August 1991 and was #1 at the U.S. box office for three weeks.

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Plot summary

The film explores the themes of reincarnation, destiny and justice through parallel narratives of a society murder in the Hollywood of the 1940s and a modern-day search for the identity of a woman with amnesia. Thompson and Branagh play the key roles in both stories. Past Lives redirects here. ... Destiny or fate refers to the inevitable course of events. ... Lady Justice - allegory of Justice as woman with sword and with book - statue at court building. ... ... // Events and trends World War II was a truly global conflict with many facets: immense human suffering, fierce indoctrination, and the use of new, extremely devastating weapons such as the atomic bomb. ... Amnesia (or amnaesia in Commonwealth English) is a condition in which memory is disturbed. ...


Mike Church (Branagh), a smart-alecky Los Angeles private investigator, usually runs down deadbeats and minor heirs for his clients. One day he's called in by the priest in charge of the orphanage where Mike was raised, to help identify a woman (Thompson) who showed up at their gates in a state of shock. The woman is unable to speak and seems to have no recollection of who she is or what happened to her.


After making a few inquiries, Mike takes the woman, whom he calls Grace, to stay at his apartment, where he discovers she has a terror of anything that looks like a pair of scissors. Over the course os a few days, the two of them uncover clues to her identity, but nothing concrete; Mike finds himself intrigued by, protective of, and eventually falling for Grace.


Grace eventually regains her voice during a hypnotic session with an antique dealer (Jacobi), who claims she is having a "past-life" experience. She remembers a couple who lived during the 1940s, a famous conductor and his pianist wife, as if she were part of their history. The antique dealer finds a LIFE magazine identifying the couple as actual people, Roman and Margaret. Margaret was brutally murdered, and Roman was tried and executed for her murder. Look up life, living in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Now Mike and Grace wonder: what was her role in the mystery? Why does the antique dealer seem so interested? And what is up with the scissors phobia?


Tagline: How many times can you die for love?


Trivia

  • The scenes which take place in the 1940s are in black and white, while the present-day scenes are in color. The final frame, once the mystery is solved, fades from black and white to color.
  • When the audience first meets Mike Church, he's seated in his car, which is parked on the wrong side of the street. While most people believe this is because Kenneth Branagh is from the United Kingdom (where cars are driven on the left-hand side of the road), it is actually because behind him are a number of skyscrapers that he, as the director, wanted included in the background.
  • In addition to the dual roles played by Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson, actress Jo Anderson and the film's composer Patrick Doyle both play small dual parts, appearing in the present-day and 1940s sequences.
  • A lacquer box containing an antique pair of scissors, seen late in the film, has Japanese characters on it which translate as "This is for you," one of the film's recurring lines of dialogue.

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External links

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Dead Again (Music)

Dead Again, a Hardcore/Metal influenced band hailing from Doylestown, Pa. For fans of Botch, Coalesce, Breather Resist, Orchid. Hardcore may refer to: Look up hardcore in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Hot metal work from a blacksmith Look up Metal in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Coalesce (from Lawrence, Kansas) were a 4-piece band whose latest and reportedly absolutely final break-up occurred in 2005. ... Orchid re-directs here; for alternate uses see Orchid (disambiguation) Genera Over 800 See List of Orchidaceae genera. ...


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