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Kidman won the Golden Globe award for Best Actress for her performance, and frankly I thought she should have gotten the Academy Award (unless I remember incorrectly, I don't think she was even nominated for an Academy Award for it). But she is absolutely brilliant in it: chilling, funny, scary, sexy, and horrifically evil.
Kidman portrays Suzanne Stone-Maretto: a devious, calculating, self-centered woman who manipulates Larry Maretto (a very sympathetic performance by Matt Dillon) into marrying her, quickly tires of him when he tries to stand in her way of her greatest ambition in life, which is to be the next Diane Sawyer, and soon convinces her teenage lover to kill him for her. Sound familiar? "To Die For" was loosely based on the real-life story of Pamela Smart, who seduced her 15-year old lover into murdering her husband.
Joaquin Phoenix is Jimmy Emmett, the hapless student who becomes Suzanne's lover; Lydia Mertz is Alison Follard, a young girl who idolizes her; and Casey Affleck is Russel Hines, another student who gets caught up in the scheme. Illeana Douglas is great as Larry's acidic, loving sister Janice, who also gets one of the best lines in the film, and at the very beginning, no less; and Dan Hedaya is Larry's father, Joe Maretto. Dan Hedaya is a master of the "Believe me, you don't want to see me mad" performance, with obvious menace just under a calm surface. The casting is great, and the performances are all right on target.
Look for uncredited cameos by George Segal as a conference speaker, and David Cronenberg as...you'll just have to go see it.
She's also determined to move up the social ladder in her little town, and so as the film begins she seduces and marries the handsome quarterback of the high school football team, Larry Maretto (Matt Dillon), the most popular boy in town. Larry's sister despises Suzanne and sees right through her facade, but he is so entranced he doesn't listen. Larry - a traditional, decent, but old-fashioned young man - goes to work in his father's pizzeria, and expects someday to inherit the family business. Suzanne, meanwhile, gets a job as the weather forecaster for the local rinky-dink TV station, and begins to have dreams of glory. One of the darkly funny aspects of this film is that for all of Suzanne's scheming and ruthlessness she's not very bright, and her attempts to sound and act "sophisticated" are often hilariously inept.Read more ›
Nicole Kidman plays Suzanne Stone, the girl who grows up as the center of her family's never-ending attention, the Golden Child Who Can Do No Wrong. As life goes on, Suzanne hones her manipulation skills, and marries Larry (played by Matt Dillon), who reflects back to Suzanne the image of herself that she wants to believe and see. Perfect!
That is, until Larry demands that the marriage include him. In bed one morning soon after being wed, Larry wants to make love with Suzanne. She icily shoves his hand away saying "get your hands off me." She has to get ready for work, to "fix my face" for the world. It's performance time, and Suzanne is always on. Larry just doesn't get it. Their life is about HER, not them. When Larry broaches the topics of having children and her helping him out in the family restaurant business, Suzanne decides he has to go. This girl has global aspirations. She won't be marginalized with motherhood and a family business!
When Suzanne lands a job at a community TV station, she turns a small job fetching coffee and running errands into her role as the weather girl reporting from "The Weather Center." She soon executes one of her many grandiose schemes: making a documentary about high school teenagers in their natural habitat. Enter Joaquin Phoenix's character Jimmy Emmet, an introspective but deeply lost teenager who falls hard for Suzanne. She soon sexually manipulates Jimmy into doing her bidding, with promises of eternal love and "then we can always be together.Read more ›
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Forget all the times the great Nicole Kidman has been nominated. This is her greatest, most complex, humorous, brilliant performance. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Ada Ardor
Gus Van Sant's movie is either very good or very bad.
Unfortunately for me this movie was very bad.
Nicole Kidman's acting seems like she is acting alone. Read more
Nicole Kidman plays this character over the top and perfectly as a narcissistic, exhibitionist, tv generation psychopath. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John Bowman
Based on the Pamela Smart seduction of student Billy Flynn to murder her husband on May 1st, 1990. Excellent performance by Nicole Kidman as well as other actors and very... Read morePublished 1 month ago by DARKMAN
To Die For tells the story of Suzanne Stone, a woman desperately trying to find the limelight by any means necessary. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cass
Missed seeing it the first time, but enjoyed the black comedy and the ending, which is telegraphed at the beginning of the movie. The director should do more comedy.Published 2 months ago by Gary B. Carpenter
I forgot how shallow the plot was. Only watched about ten minutes of itPublished 3 months ago by Joseph F. Yeargan
The movie was superbly made and performed by Nicole Kidman.Published 4 months ago by Susan D. Roberts