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To Die For
Directed by Gus Van Sant
Produced by Laura Ziskin
Written by Buck Henry, based on the novel by Joyce Maynard
Starring Nicole Kidman, Matt Dillon and Joaquin Phoenix
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Released May 1995 (Cannes)
September 27, 1995 (USA)
Running time 106 min.
Language English
Budget $20 million (estimated)
IMDb profile

To Die For is a 1995 film written by Buck Henry, based on the novel of the same name by Joyce Maynard (ISBN 0595269397), and directed by Gus Van Sant. It stars Nicole Kidman, Matt Dillon and Joaquin Phoenix. Major supporting roles feature Illeana Douglas, Wayne Knight, Casey Affleck, Dan Hedaya and Alison Folland. Image File history File links To_Die_For. ... Gus Van Sant Gus Van Sant Jr. ... Buck Henry (born December 9, 1930 in New York, New York as Buck Henry Zuckerman) is an American actor, writer and director, best known for his work in television, film, comedy, and satire. ... Cover of Looking Back Joyce Maynard (born November 5, 1953) is a writer who became famous for her relationship with J. D. Salinger. ... Nicole Kidman at the Cannes Film Festival in 2001 Nicole Mary Kidman, AC (born June 20, 1967) is an Academy Award-winning American-born Australian actress. ... Matt Dillon Matthew Raymond Dillon (born February 18, 1964) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor. ... Joaquin Phoenix Joaquin Rafael Phoenix (born October 28, 1974), once also known as Leaf Phoenix, is an Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning, Puerto Rican-born, American actor. ... The Columbia Pictures logo, since 1996. ... This is a list of film-related events in 1995. ... The Palais des Festivals (2000) The Cannes Film Festival (French: le Festival international du film de Cannes or simply le Festival de Cannes) is the worlds most prestigious film festival, first held from September 20 to October 5, 1946 in the resort town of Cannes, in the south of... September 27 is the 270th day of the year (271st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 95 days remaining. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... This is a list of film-related events in 1995. ... Buck Henry (born December 9, 1930 in New York, New York as Buck Henry Zuckerman) is an American actor, writer and director, best known for his work in television, film, comedy, and satire. ... Cover of Looking Back Joyce Maynard (born November 5, 1953) is a writer who became famous for her relationship with J. D. Salinger. ... Gus Van Sant Gus Van Sant Jr. ... Nicole Kidman at the Cannes Film Festival in 2001 Nicole Mary Kidman, AC (born June 20, 1967) is an Academy Award-winning American-born Australian actress. ... Matt Dillon Matthew Raymond Dillon (born February 18, 1964) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor. ... Joaquin Phoenix Joaquin Rafael Phoenix (born October 28, 1974), once also known as Leaf Phoenix, is an Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning, Puerto Rican-born, American actor. ... Illeana Douglas (born July 25, 1965) is an American actress. ... Wayne Knight is best known for his role as Newman in Wayne Knight (born August 7, 1955) is an American actor, best known for his roles as Newman in the TV sitcom Seinfeld and as police officer Don Orville in the sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun. ... Casey Affleck (born August 12, 1975) is an American actor of Scottish and Irish descent. ... Dan Hedaya Dan Hedaya is a prolific character actor who was born on July 24, 1940, in Brooklyn, New York to a Sephardic Jewish family. ... Alison Folland in the indie film All over Me Alison Folland (born August 10, 1978 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an actress. ...


The film includes cameo appearances by George Segal, David Cronenberg, author Maynard, and screenwriter Henry. It features original music by Danny Elfman. Martin Scorsese appears briefly in an uncredited role in this scene from Taxi Driver, the first scene in which Cybill Shepherd appears. ... George Segal George Segal (born February 13, 1934) is a well-known Jewish American film and stage actor who was born in Great Neck, Long Island, New York. ... David Cronenberg at Cannes 2002 David Paul Cronenberg (born March 16, 1943 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian film director and occasional actor. ... A film score is the background music in a film, generally specially written for the film and often used to heighten emotions provoked by the imagery on the screen or by the dialogue. ... Image:ELFMAN.jpg Daniel Robert Danny Elfman (born May 29, 1953, in Amarillo, Texas) is a Jewish-American pop musician, composer and writer of film scores. ...


Kidman was nominated for a BAFTA and won a Golden Globe Award for her performance. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organization that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ...


To Die For is a mixture of styles, combining a traditional drama with darkly comic direct-to-camera monologues by Kidman's character, and mockumentary interviews, some tragic, with certain of the other characters in the film. Black comedy, also known as black humor, is a subgenre of comedy and satire where topics and events normally treated seriously – death, mass murder, sickness, madness, terror, drug abuse, rape, etc. ... Mockumentary, a portmanteau of mock documentary (also fictional documentary or false documentary), is a film and TV genre, or a single work of the genre. ... In general usage, a tragedy is a drama, movie or sometimes a real world event with a sad outcome. ...


The film (and the novel it's based on) are both inspired by the facts that came out during the trial of Pamela Smart, who was imprisoned for seducing a young man and convincing him to kill her husband. Pamela Ann (nèe Wojas) Smart (born August 16, 1967), is serving a life sentence in the U.S. state of New York for first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and witness tampering in New Hampshire. ...

Suzanne Stone (Kidman) is a young, beautiful, and ruthless woman who dreams of being a world famous news anchor. To that end, she marries Larry Maretto (Dillon) because she believes his Mafia connections will keep her financially comfortable, and starts climbing the network news ladder, beginning as a weather girl at a local news station. When Larry, who truly loves Suzanne, starts asking her to take time off from her career to start a family, she immediately plots to get rid of him, seducing her favorite student, Jimmy (Phoenix), and strong-arming him and his friends into killing Larry. The story becomes national news, and Suzanne finally has the stardom she's always wanted — while Jimmy goes to prison for life. In the end, however, Suzanne finally gets her comeuppance when Larry's family has her murdered. In a final irony, Jimmy's plain, unassuming friend Lydia (Folland), whom the WASPy Suzanne always dismissed as "trailer trash," becomes a rich and famous from telling her side of the story on television. The Mafia, also referred to in Italian as La Cosa Nostra, which is generally translated this thing of ours in the Italian language, is an organized criminal secret society which evolved in mid-19th century Sicily. ... Satellite image of Hurricane Hugo with a polar low visible at the top of the image. ... Life imprisonment is a term used for a particular kind of sentence of imprisonment. ... WASP (an acronym for White Anglo-Saxon Protestant) is a term, sometimes derogatory, that denotes either an ethnic group, or the culture, customs, and heritage of the American elite establishment. ... Trailer trash (or Trailer park trash) is a derogatory U.S. English term for people who live in trailers or mobile homes, especially in trailer parks. ...


The film has been called a satire on the tabloid media and the "culture of celebrity" in America; In an oft-repeated line, Suzanne and other characters say "You're nobody in America if you're not on TV." It could also be seen as a comment on the artificiality of the American ideal of beauty; Suzanne is the perfect replica of the blonde, blue-eyed, well-endowed beauty, but she is also a cold, remorseless psychopath. Newspaper sizes in August 2005. ... See Also: Antisocial Personality Disorder Theoretically, psychopathy is a three-faceted disorder involving interpersonal, affective and behavioral characteristics. ...


The film, and Kidman's performance in particular, won high critical praise, but performed only modestly at the box office. The term box office can refer to either: A place where tickets are sold to the public for admission to a venue The amount of business a particular production, such as a movie or theatre show, does. ...


 
 

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