To Die For
Ferociously well-coiffed newlywed Suzanne Stone (Nicole Kidman) has always aspired to be on TV. Holed-up in small town New Hampshire, she jumps at the chance to become a part-time weather girl at the local cable station. But when her husband Larry (Matt Dillon) suggests she give up her career to start a family, the maniacally manicured Suzanne begins plotting to get rid of him. Enlisting the help of layabout teenager Jimmy (Joaquin Phoenix), she orchestrates a murder most foul – all while basking in an explosive media spotlight of her own creation.
Why You Should See This Film
Featuring one of Nicole Kidman’s most committed (and awarded) screen performances, To Die For is an unapologetically pitch-black comedy from Gus Van Sant. With an exceptional supporting cast, featuring everyone from Holland Taylor to David Cronenberg (credited only as ‘Man at lake’), a score from Danny Elfman, and a razor sharp script by Buck Henry (The Graduate, What’s Up, Doc?), it’s little wonder that this wicked delight has maintained cult classic status for more than 25 years.
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- Year: 1995
- Rating: MA15+
- Director: Gus Van Sant
- Cast: Nicole Kidman, Joaquin Phoenix, Matt Dillon
- Duration: 107 minutes
- Language: English