- Actors: Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Andy Garcia, Derek Jacobi, Wayne Knight
- Directors: Kenneth Branagh
- Writers: Scott Frank
- Producers: Charles H. Maguire, Dennis Feldman, Lindsay Doran, Sydney Pollack
- Format: Anamorphic, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
- Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: RestrictedR
- Studio: Paramount Home Video
- DVD Release Date: June 27, 2000
- Run Time: 107 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (295 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00004T9BY
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,728 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
- Learn more about "Dead Again" on IMDb
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The story is fanciful. In the late 1940s noted composer Roman Strauss was convicted of mudering his noted pianist wife Margaret, and was sentenced to death. Some forty years later, a young woman suffering from amnesia falls into the hands of a no-nonsense Los Angeles private eye--and under hypnosis she recalls not her immediate past, but the lives of Roman and Margaret. Is this reincarnation? Is she Margaret Strauss? Is the private eye to whom she is attracted but of whom she is also strangely fearful the reincarnation of Roman Strauss, Margaret's killer? Is history repeating itself?
Scott Frank's clever script makes for a fast-paced, twisting, and fascinating plot-driven film--and it is flawlessly played by Branagh and Thompson, who assume dual roles as the 1940s Roman and Margaret Strauss and the 1980s Mike Church and Grace. The supporting cast is also excellent, with memorable performances by Andy Garcia and Derek Jacobi--and a truly exceptional cameo by Robin Williams, who here for the first time demonstrated that his talents went far beyond comedy.Read more ›
An interesting story that captures you from the beginning and leaves you guessing "Who Done It?" all the way to the end. The reviewers who deem this worthy of Hitchcock are absolutely correct!
Both Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson are fabulous in this film...the chemistry between them is undeniable. Such a shame that it didn't work out for them in real life. This was a departure from the traditional Shakespearean roles that Branagh plays, however, his character in this film(as is Thompson's)is one you can warm up to immediately. The imagery and flashbacks to the 1940's are wonderful...you can tell that they were well orchestrated and are delivered with class. The film has a completely engrossing storyline as well...so many angles to absorb, so many possible endings pop into your head that the true ending is a surprise.
Wonderful performances by Derek Jacobi...he is tastily diabolical in this, as well as Andy Garcia (as the jaded reporter) and Robin Williams.
Even the most die hard hecklers of past lives theories and Karma can't help but enjoy this film...a very believable, entertaining film that you'll want to see more than once!
Roman and Margaret Straus are played in black and white flashback by Branagh and Thompson. And while Roman was executed for stabbing his wife to death with a pair of scissors, he maintained his innocence. The motive was said to be jealousy, driven by the obvious love a reporter, Gray Baker (Andy Garcia), had for Margaret.
In trying to find the sources of Grace's distress, Mike finds some issues of his own. And he finally identifies the real murderer who is still alive and dangerous.
Yes, the story is complicated, but Branagh tells it in a clear, straight-forward manner which also requires the viewer to stay alert. He uses big film-making gestures, including great camera angles and lighting. And just as effectively, he uses some wit and humor as the story unfolds.
The cast is uniformly first-rate, including a best-friend part by Wayne Knight and a small but effective cameo by Robin Williams. One scene cleverly acted between Church and an aged, sick Gray Baker should put you off cigarette smoking.
I think this is one fine movie, and I hope it doesn't become forgotten.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great movie, i have always liked it. i had not seen it in years and thought it might be dated, but it was not. enjoyed all the laughs.Published 1 month ago by jmg
Best Movie Ever!!!
Many clever plot twists.
Makes you believe in reincarnation . . .
Robin Williams is not even listed in any of the credits!!!
This is another movie I liked more years ago than I do now. Some parts don't hold up.
The plot twist (a gender swap) is sort of a cheat when you use the same actor and... Read more
The ending involving the sculpture is awful - grotesque, really. The rest of it is suspenseful and pretty good, but Emma Thompson's supposedly American accent is appallingly bad. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Chimmy
An ordinary film with extraordinary British & Irish actors.Published 2 months ago by Margaret Vaughn
This has to be one of my favorite old movies ..... I wasn't at all disappointed to see it again . Great cast , good storyPublished 3 months ago by susan austin