To Die For

Directed By: Gus Van Sant Starring: Nicole Kidman

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Suzanne Stone (Nicole Kidman) has always dreamed of being on TV and she's dead-set on making that dream come true. But there is just one obstacle: Larry Maretto, her husband (Matt Dillon). So, Suzanne convinces a love-struck teenager (Joaquin Phoenix) to get Larry out of the way for good. TO DIE FOR is the most critically acclaimed comedy of the year.


Studio Image/sphe
SKU 217472767
UPC 014381693027
UPC 14 00014381693027
Format DVD
Release Date 12/7/2010
Rating Rating
Black Comedy
Character Study
Theatrical Release
True Story
Editors Note
Note A cable-TV weather girl who'll do anything to become a celebrity seduces a high school student and convinces him to kill her go-nowhere husband in this black comedy. Gus Van Sant's (MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO, ELEPHANT) sly satire on America's tabloid mentality is loosely adapted from Joyce Maynard's chronicle of the real-life tale of husband-killer Pamela Smart.
Plot Summary
Summary Suzanne Stone is a blond, glamorous, ambitious and ruthless TV weatherperson in Little Hope, N.H. She's also completely obsessed with both the notion of celebrity, and with becoming one -- no matter what she has to do. But when Larry, Suzanne's blue-collar husband, naively suggests she give up her career to raise a family, Suzanne realizes that Larry is merely an obstacle on the road to fame. She then comes up with an idea: manipulate three local teens (emotionally and physically) into killing Larry. The resulting tabloid media coverage brings Suzanne the notoriety she's always desired, and she enjoys every moment. But what Suzanne doesn't know is that small-mindedness is about to contribute to her downfall.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "You're not anyone in America unless you're on TV." -- Suzanne Stone (NICOLE KIDMAN).
Quote "What's the point of doing something good if nobody's watching." -- Suzanne Stone.
Premiere "...[Kidman is] breathtaking....Kudos to Van Sant..." - Recommended 04/01/1996 p.132
Rolling Stone "...Prime social satire and outrageous fun....Sparked by a volcanically sexy and richly comic performance..." 10/19/1995 p.155-6
Entertainment Weekly "...Kidman is like a Roman candle....Directed with comic brightness..." -- Rating: B 04/19/1996 pp.84-5
Variety "...TO DIE FOR delivers continuous pinpricks of irreverent humor and subversive cultural commentary. Witty, energetic and splendidly acted..." 05/29/1995
Los Angeles Times "...A smart black comedy that skewers America's fatal fascination with television and celebrity....Told with a panache that extends from the opening credits to its closing frames, TO DIE FOR plays its themes for everything they're worth..." 09/27/1995 p.F1
Chicago Sun-Times "...TO DIE FOR is the kind of movie that's merciless with its characters, and Kidman is superb....The film is filled with perfect character studies..." 10/06/1995 p.41
Uncut 4 stars out of 5 -- "Like the finest satire, TO DIE FOR is no-prisoners nasty, very funny and both exaggerated and true." 11/01/2007 p.150
Sight and Sound "Nicole Kidman gives a peerless performance....Van Sant's non-linear faux-documentary narrative, with its tabloid-news-style talking heads and sly gags comes up fresh as a daisy after a dozen years." 11/01/2007 p.87
Ultimate DVD 4 stars out of 5 -- "[The film] showcases some accomplished performances....These combine with some solid direction from Van Sant to result in a juicy little guilty pleasure." 10/01/2007 p.123
Gus Van Sant
Nicole Kidman
Cast & Crew
Illeana Douglas - Star
Nicole Kidman - Star
Casey Affleck - Star
Alison Folland - Star
Dan Hedaya - Star
Joaquin Phoenix - Star
Kurtwood Smith - Star
Matt Dillon - Star
Wayne Knight - Star
Holland Taylor - Star
Gus Van Sant - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1995
UPC 00014381693027
Number of Discs 1
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
James Berardinelli's ReelViews Kidman steals the film...
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Kidman is perfect...
Rex Reed, New York Observer ...humor, tragedy, sex--this movie has everything!

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