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I Love You to Death (1990)

Kevin Kline , Tracy Ullman  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Kevin Kline, Tracy Ullman, Keanu Reeves, Joan Plowright, William Hurt
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Japanese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 29, 2003
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009QUH5
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,288 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "I Love You to Death" on IMDb

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A darkly funny, true-life story starring Kevin Kline as a womanizing pizzeria owner and Tracey Ullman as the jealous wife who tries...more than once...to have him murdered. Lawrence Kasdan's black-hearted look at romance also features Joan Plowright, River Phoenix, and William Hurt and Keanu Reeves as two dim-witted hit men. 97 min. Standard and Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital Surround; Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Thai.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Take The Family...Please! August 24, 2005
Format:DVD
I hadn't really studied the package that closely, but as the opening credits were playing, I couldn't help but think, "Wow! This is, like, the dream cast." I knew, of course, that it featured Tracey Ullman and Kevin Kline as the leads. But Joan Plowright! River Phoenix (what a tragic loss)! William Hurt! They even squeezed character actress Miryam Margolies. And, of course, you've got Keanu Reeves in yet another stoner role, but you know, you gotta give Keanu credit. No one did those roles better. He is spot on here.

A black comedy based on actual events? Hmm, how often do you come across something of that ilk? It is, as many reviewers have noted, something less than a complete success, and there were actually moments when I was ready to give up on it. Some of the shifts were just too abrupt. But if it falters here and there, the movie seems to somehow pick itself right back up again. The arrival of drugged out Harlan and Marlon (Hurt and Reeves) comes at one such lull and their presence gives the film a shot in the arm (no pun intended).

Not all of the gags work, of course, but the stellar cast is always worth watching. If you've ever wondered whether Tracey Ullman was more of a sketch comedian than an actress, her performance here should lay any such doubts to rest. As her mom, Joan Plowright is an absolute hoot. I can't tell for sure whether this legendary British actress's "Yugoslavian" accent is as flawless as countrywoman Ullman's "all-American" one, but she is so priceless, I can't imagine even the proudest Croatian critic arguing the point.

What of the "actual events" on which this is based? Apparently, the movie gets the gist of it, maybe more.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Real Skinny February 9, 2008
Format:VHS Tape
This movie is based on the real life antics that occurred here in Allentown, Pa. to a friend of mine, his family and employees.

Here's the story: "When Anthony Toto, 37, a pizza-shop owner in Allentown, Pa., put up $50,000 bail for his wife Frances Lenore, the local police and others in the community were stunned. The reason: according to charges filed by the district attorney, Frances had conspired to murder her husband -- not once but twice.

The bizarre case began on Jan. 25. That night, prosecutors contend, Anthony Bruno, the 20-year-old boyfriend of Toto's 17-year-old daughter Elizabeth, crept into Toto's bedroom, located the .25-cal. gun that Toto kept near his bed and fired a bullet into his head. Toto was grievously but not fatally wounded.

Then his wife Frances allegedly began force-feeding him large doses of barbiturates, which succeeded only in putting him into a semiconscious state. Two days later, according to police, two friends of Anthony Bruno's, hired by Frances for $500, showed up in the bedroom to finish the job. They were Ronald Barlip, 19, and his cousin Donald, 18. The bullet one of them allegedly fired entered an inch from Toto's heart, but it too proved not to be lethal.

Police, tipped off by an informant, entered the Toto house two days later and found Toto asleep, breathing heavily: doctors later speculated that the barbiturates he had been given may have saved his life by drastically lowering his metabolism and retarding the bleeding.

Police arrested Frances, Bruno, the Barlips and the two Toto children, Elizabeth and Anthony. Toto was released from the hospital two weeks later, with the first bullet still lodged in his skull. He says he intends to stand by his family during the coming court proceedings.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Far Under-Rated Comedy.. May 9, 2004
Format:DVD
I saw this movie shortly after it's release on HBO in the earliy '90s. It has a full fledge cast that just make it superb to watch. Kevin Kline as Joey the Pizzaria Owner, who just can't get enough women, and is soo fun loving. Tracy Ullman plays his wife Rosalee, who loves her husband soo much, she would rather kill him than share him with any other woman. Joan Plowright plays Rosalee's Mother, who has a nack for mechanical work and it's nothing for her to be working on a carbortor at the Dinner Table at a restaraunt while the family is dinnig out. River Phoenix plays the boy who works at the Pizzaria, and is deeply in love with Rosalee, so much so,that he is willing to aid her in knocking off her husband, only after the futile attempts from Rosalee and her Mom. After he fails, they call in a couple of bargin basement junkies,(William Hurt & Keanu Reeves) from the local tavern to finish the job, but even they can't seem to pull it off. It's just one good laugh after another. I wore out my VHS Tape and then got the Laser Disc. I was happy to discover that it has been released on DVD!
Also, I believe that this is based on a true story as well!!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully bent comedy--based on a true story! August 23, 2003
Format:DVD
This tale is about a highly energetic husband (Kevin Kline) who works and runs a pizza store next to his and his wife's rental apartment. His wife, who has glorified her productive husband as her knight in shining armor, suddenly is confronted with the fact that he has been cheating on her--with more than one woman. So...she sets off to kill him, only that turns into
an hilarious set of misadventures, in itself. Kline and Tracy Ullman make a great team. The script is fun and moves quite quickly. Look forward to our favorite additional character: the husband's mother-in-law.
As I've said before, this story is based on a true couple. He was cheating, running a pizzaria; and she had problems trying to bump him off. She went to trial, he was still alive and more than survived. She and he, as far as I can tell from last updates, are
still married and living happily together. From a talkshow interview, he claimed that the fury of his wife's attempts helped
to make him a better man. Go for the comedy movie!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Kevin Kline brings it home
Kevin Kline brings life to Joey Bucco even as his wife Rosalie tries to kill him for his cheating ways. Funny in so many ways. One of my favorites!
Published 1 month ago by Joanne Countryman
1.0 out of 5 stars Subtitles in a foreign lamguage couldn't be switched off
Subtitles in a foreign lamguage couldn't be switched off which is very annoying and not what I would expect to get
Published 2 months ago by Andy Durling
3.0 out of 5 stars a satire on a real story!
I like this movie. It's based on a true story, you may need a dry sense of humor to enjoy, but Kevin Kline plays his character so well, and the others do a pretty good job. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Patricia
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK acting but interesting story.
The movie is based on a true story, but i'm sure the actual facts and characters were pushed to and beyond what really happened. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ed60
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny! Funny! Funny!
"I love you to Death" is the funniest movie, I've seen it 5 times. My teen and I watched it together every time it came on. Read more
Published 3 months ago by liz
2.0 out of 5 stars An Insult to Intelligence.
Viewed: 12/13
Rate: 3

12/13: I Love You to Death reminds me of another odious picture by Alfred Hitchcock: The Trouble with Harry. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Austin Somlo
4.0 out of 5 stars Great '80's movie with a great cast
Very funny. Kevin Kline and Tracy Ullman are a hilarious team. It's also well written, and I love anything with River Phoenix
Published 4 months ago by Leah Sturgis
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see
if YOU haven't watched this movie, do so, especially if you have a warped sense of humor, I do and I love it.
Published 4 months ago by littlesister
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent all around comedy
Always a funny movie...River Phoenix was so good in this...as was Dame Joan Plowright as the mother... Read more
Published 4 months ago by L. Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars!
I havn't seen this movie in for ever! I've looked for it in stores could not find it. Finally looked on Amazon and here it is...of course! They have everything! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kasey
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