Kiss of Death
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
Caruso plays Jimmy Kilmartin, a reformed car thief with a wife and baby who is desperately trying to go straight. Before he does, though, he reluctantly agrees to help his worthless cousin Ronny (Michael Rapaport) on one last run. If he doesn't, then Little Junior (Nicholas Cage), a sadistic killer, will bury Ronny. Naturally, things go bad. A cop gets shot and Jimmy ends up taking the fall by himself.
True to his personal code of honor, Jimmy won't rat out the others no matter how hard the sleazy DA (Stanley Tucci) pushes him. Then Ronny starts to move in on Jimmy's wife (Helen Hunt) and things really go wrong. Jimmy agrees to make a deal and cunningly manipulates events so that Little Junior takes Ronny down.
Three years later, Jimmy finally gets out of prison. The DA's not about to let things drop, however. He wants Little Junior bad and he'll do what it take to get him, even if that means using Jimmy and his family.
The plot of "Kiss of Death" is loosely based on the 1947 original-a class film noir-which featured Victor Mature, and Richard Widmark in his star?making role. (Remember his maniacal giggle as he pushed the old lady down the stairs?)
The story's been updated and it is grittier, realer and even more gripping. Novelist Richard Price ("Clockers") wrote the screenplay and he is one of the very best writers working in movies today.Read more ›
David Caruso plays Jimmy Kilmartin an ex-con, caught red-handed during a heist, who tries to distance himself from his past upon his release and lead an honorable life. But he reluctantly agrees to help Ronnie Gannon, (Michael Rapaport), his loser cousin, with one last heist that goes wrong. He refuses to rat out his underworld pals, but turns stoolie after they renege on their promises to him. Coerced by Frank Zioli, (Stanley Tucci), an ambitious prosecutor, he agrees to play the pawn in a police plot to bring down Little Junior Brown, (Nicholas Cage), a psychotic gangster. Helen Hunt plays Jimmy's wife Bev; Samuel L. Jackson plays Calvin Hart, an angry cop. Ving Rhames plays Omar, a psychotic Philadelphia-based mobster. Philip Baker Hall plays Big Junior Brown; Anthony Heald plays a fed. Comedienne Anne Meara plays Bev's mother.
Not a bad cast, and by and large, well-acted. As the lead, Caruso was very good at intensity and suffering stoically when receiving filmic punishment. He was paid $1 M for this gig, which he squeezed in in the hiatus between the first and short-lived second season of the phenomenally successful television show NYPD Blue. As many viewers will remember, he soon left the TV series in order to pursue a full-time film career, which failed to go anywhere. He doesn't really carry this picture very well. (Personally, I've always thought he was just too much of a skinny malink, as we used to say in Brooklyn, to play substantial roles.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good action, believable plot, and great acting. This is Nicolas Cage at his best over-the-top crazy man performance. Read morePublished 1 month ago by RR in Texas
This film should be regarded much more fondly than it is;
it follows Caruso, as he struggles for revenge against a merciless Little Junior, played by a menacing (and... Read more
This is an updated remake of a 1940's Victor Mature movie. I enjoyed both versions.Published 8 months ago by Gary Gilfoy
"Kiss of Death" is a great thriller from 1995. It is directed by Barbet Schroeder. And it is written by Eleazar Lipsky with screenplay by Ben Hecht. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dale B. Haufrect
Dvd is in excellent condition. It is exactly what I wantedPublished 11 months ago by Sherri Swaggerty
Set up an Amazon Giveaway
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Look for Similar Items by Category
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Action & Adventure
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Drama
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Mystery & Thrillers
- Movies & TV > Indie & Art House
- Movies & TV > Movies
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment > Action > General
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment > All Fox Titles