To Die For NR CC

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Longtime Companion meets Ghost in this sexy British comedy about romance and cruising in the afterlife. Simon, a handsome TV repairman, and Mark, a tart-tongued drag performer, are lovers who live together.

Starring:
Ian Williams, Thomas Arklie
Runtime:
1 hour, 37 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director Peter Mackenzie Litten
Starring Ian Williams, Thomas Arklie
Supporting actors Gordon Alexander, Dillie Keane, Nicholas Harrison, Ian McKellen, Sinitta Renet Malone, Caroline Munro, John Altman, Paul Cottingham, Lloyd T. Williams, Robert Sturtz, Benjamin Sterz, Tony Slattery, Brian Carter, Mark Hutchinson, Janet Allen, Nigel Fairs, Robert Whitson, Jean Boht
Studio Viacom Media Networks
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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Customer Reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Martin on May 22, 2009
Format: DVD
I'm going to do something I've never done before--give a good rating to a movie that's so bad I could hardly watch 95% of it. That's because there are three very peripheral things about this movie that I like so much they go a long way toward compensating for the mess it is in general.

Just about every negative comment about this movie in other reviews is true. It's a muddled mess that doesn't know what it wants to be, trying at various times to be funny, touching, topical, sexy, tragic and transcendent, and succeeding at none of them. It doesn't even know what its title is. In the opening credits, it's called Heaven's a Drag; in the end credits and on the DVD, it's called To Die For. (It was released the year before Gus Van Sant's much more famous and completely unrelated To Die For, starring Nicole Kidman, so the title wasn't stolen; the same title had been used for a Dracula movie several years before either of these movies was made anyway.) Ordinarily this movie wouldn't deserve more than a couple of stars at most. But now for the good stuff, the three things that together move me to praise it despite its very serious flaws.

First of all, this movie has a huge heart. Practically nobody involved seems to have any talent at all. Everything a good movie needs--competent screenplay, direction, cinematography, acting, etc--is lacking. But its good intentions are as pure and true and clear as its execution is muddled. A lot of people cared a lot about this movie, and it shows. I don't know HOW it shows, but it does. I've never before rewarded good intentions alone in reviewing a movie, and I might not in this case either if the next two factors weren't working in its favor too.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 14, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
The only thing I have to say about this movie is that the sound quality is so poor that you can have the volume up all the way on your TV and still not understand what the people are saying. Putting that aside, the story itself is not very interesting either. The front of the video looks like it is a comedy, however this movie is not funny. The story, 2 lovers - they have an open relationship, one has AIDS and dies, He comes back as a ghost to haunt his lover, preventing him to have any more one night stands.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shakespeare on September 26, 2012
Format: DVD
I will try to be direct and truthful.

First, I simply could not stand the conspicuous absence of a 5-star rating for this film from Somebody, anybody, given the depth, soul and love in this film. Like the rebellion in the Stonewall, I cannot sit idly by and not right a wrong.

Second, this is not a comedy, this is not a linear story; this brilliantly avoids being a tragedy. Shakespeare would have called this a Redemption Romance, one of those last profound spiritual plays performed rarely, and snuggled it into his works near "The Winter's Tale." Shakespeare would have kept this one, if only for himself. This film no one seems to like.

Third, this film speaks on multiple levels simultaneously to each person who sees it, whether (s)he realizes or not. It sounds thoughts, characterizations, dialogues, octaves of profundity as different from one another as the carefully and very sensitively selected music of the soundtrack -- and the recurring photography of The Quilt -- jarringly leaping from 90's trash to Bizet, Brahms and Beethoven. The "Peal Fishers" male duet has rarely been played so powerfully in an unexpected context to capture such a deep epiphany about the love between two men. The music and the film is unapologetically "romantic," because that is what "love" coupled with "loss through AIDS" does evoke . . . and which, eventually, in the final minutes of the film, it overwhelmingly accomplishes.

Fourth, I ponder whether this film, like the AIDS Quilt itself, ought not to be shown only to people who know in some region of their minds and hearts that the time is NOW to see this -- perhaps gay men, lesbians, lovers who continually reach for the stars as their souls command . . .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim B. on October 3, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
I read the other reviews, none of which found a lot of redeeming factors in this film. However, one suggested watching the first 2.5 minutes just for the musical performance. I wasn't all that enraptured by the performance, but I somehow ended up watching the film through. Maybe because I started with such low expectations, I was surprised by how many parts I enjoyed. I have seen lots of "indie gay films," and many have had far worse acting, writing and filming. Due to age, maybe I compare it to some of the other films made 20 years ago, and that makes this one seem stronger. Whatever the case, I don't suggest putting this at the top of your watch list if you have missed catching things like "Parting Glances", "Beautiful Thing," "Big Eden", or "Shelter". Is "it isn't as bad as I expected from the reviews" a recommendation?
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Format: DVD
To Die For is a somewhat average movie, although I will admit it wasn't all *that* bad for an evening at home when I was rather tired and I didn't want to watch anything that would make me think too much! People are right--the film tries hard to be many things including funny, dramatic, tragic, deep, revealing and more. But, as many note, it really doesn't meet any of those goals. Yes, I can see that people cared about making a good little film and that's great; but this just doesn't work out very well. The acting was definitely less than convincing at times and the plot moves somewhat slower than it should near the beginning of the film although it picks up the pace and gets rolling much better after the first half or so. However, the musical score was fairly well done.

The film's two main characters are Simon (Thomas Arklie), a TV repairman and Mark (Ian Williams), a drag performer who is dying of AIDS. Simon and Mark are lovers although their relationship is sexually open; and Simon seems to take advantage of that quite a lot. After Mark dies, Simon wants nothing more than to forget about Mark, repressing his true feelings of love and affection for Mark who was actually very special to him. Trouble is, however, Mark's ghost just won't go upward into heaven until Simon comes around and gets in touch with his feelings to finally mourn his great loss.

Of course, there are a few complications to spice the film up; but they don't really achieve that goal, either. What can I say? It's a mediocre film, after all. Simon must contend with a very homophobic TV repairman partner ("Dogger," played by John Altman); and Simon also has issues regarding his late father.
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