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Die Mommie Die!

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  • Actors: Charles Busch, Natasha Lyonne, Jason Priestley, Angela Paton, Frances Conroy
  • Directors: Mark Rucker
  • Writers: Charles Busch
  • Producers: Anthony Edwards, Bill Kenwright, Dante Di Loreto, Frank Pavich, Jeff Greenberg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Virgil Films
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007VF22S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,644 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Die Mommie Die!" on IMDb

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By Michael R. Adams on April 6, 2004
Format: DVD
The film Die Mommie Die has been on my list to own since seeing it twice in the theatres. Charles Busch leads a star studded cast to perfection in this hilarious parody and a loving remake of the1940's to 1960's women's pictures.
Angela Arden (Busch) an ex pop diva from the fifties, has lost her ability to sing as she once did and her abusive husband Sol Sussman (Phillip Baker Hall) tries to tame this temptress after finding out about her affair with the notorious gigolo Tony Parker (Jason Priestley). After his death, due to a poisoned suppository; His daughter Edith (Natasha Lyonne), son Lance (Stark Sands), and loyal maid Bootsie Carp (Frances Conroy) all begin to suspect Angela.
Everyone's presence on screen is a delight, from Charles Busch whom lights up the screen from the opening act to Frances Conroy's meddling as the maid.
Jason Priestley proves once again that he has a presence on the screen and in Hollywood as he takes on the whole family to try and find out what is Angela's dirty little secret.
As always Natasha Lyonne performs in top form as daddy's little girl and Stark Sands proves he has the talent to make it in this dirty town.
I highly recommend and plea that anyone who might be interested in this to purchase it as you will not regret owning this great and truly hilarious film.
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The films of Miss Crawford, Miss Davis, Miss Turner, and both Miss Francis's (Kay AND Connie) are spoofed here to hysterical perfection. The "suffering in mink" school of over the top womens pictures were slightly unbelievable even in the fifties and sixties; but many a major female star soldered through them with her chin held high (you photograph younger that way, darling!). As in the inspiration films, the leading lady, Angela Arden here, is impeccably (if theatrically)gowned and coiffed for every occasion. The rest of the production values are delightfully uneven. Purposfully-
Miss Arden is, of course, continuously backlit.
There are some wonderful rear projection automobile scenes!
Natasha Lyonne is perfection in the type of role that Sandra Dee played so often modeling Hollywood-teen chic!
Frances Conroy superbly underplays Bootsie. The blowsey yet winning maid (In the Agnes Moorehead mold).
The musical number "Why Not Me" is so good that you will find yourself searching the song lists of old Ella albums to see if it is a "reclaimed classic".
As in all well done satire, the cast plays every sordid moment with supreme earnestness. They aren't in on the joke, nor should they be.....
Buy this movie, you will watch it over and over again! It is a delight-
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The theatrical preview to director Mark Rucker's "Die Mommie Die!" (2003) makes it look like the worst kind of camp drag comedy/sendup, doing to Bette Davis/Joan Crawford melodramas what "Psycho Beach Party" did to '60's beach party movies. So I was reluctant to purchase this title, to say the least, but finally did on the basis of the previous customer reviews. Thanks to all of you for recommending one of the funniest and wittiest classic movie sendups I have seen in a long time.

"Die Mommie Die!" is not only a fabulously entertaining and gut-bustingly funny spoof, but also an affectionate tribute to a style of movies that Hollywood just doesn't make any more, and would make a terrific double feature with Todd Haynes' 2002 Douglas Sirk tribute "Far From Heaven." Credit must go to director Rucker, who knows how to ring laughs without trashing his source material, and writer/star Charles Busch, a cross-dressing playwright who clearly loves his source material and treats it with dignity and respect. Busch stars as Angela Arden, a faded one-time singing sensation (along with her late twin sister) who lives in Beverly Hills with her supremely disfunctional family including her cruel and foul-tempered husband Sol (Philip Baker Hall); her spoiled daughter Edith (Natasha Lyonne), who seems to have an incestuous attraction to her father; her troubled son Lance (Stark Sands), who has returned home after being thrown out of prep school for instigating too many gay orgies with his teachers (the last straw: he spun naked on the Lazy Susan (!)); and maid Bootsie ("Six Feet Under"'s Frances Conroy) who prefers Sol and loathes Angela. Things turn sinister when Angela murders Sol with a poison suppository (!
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DIE MOMMIE DIE is another fabulous feature film foray for Charles Busch, playwright and actor-in-drag extraordinaire. I've been an admirer of his work for a while, and "Psycho Beach Party" remains one of my favourite movies. DIE MOMMIE DIE is based on one of Busch's recent plays, taking as it's inspiration the florid, lush Hollywood melodramas of the 1960s (in particular the underrated Bette Davis murder melodrama "Dead Ringer"; as well as "Portrait in Black" with Lana Turner).

DIE MOMMIE DIE is the story of washed-up, has-been singing star Angela Arden (Charles Busch). She lives under the thumb of her embittered husband-manager Sol (Philip Baker Hall) and feels alienated by her barb-wielding daughter (Natasha Lyonne). Her only comfort lies in her son (Stark Sands) who is prone to strange psychotic episodes and uses his boyish good looks to entice older men. Angela also delights in the company of high-brow society gigolo Tony (Jason Priestley). Things begin to look up for Angela when she starts making plans for a grand comeback, performing at a Catskills resort. But Sol soon excerts his authority and cancels the booking. When Angela finally does away with Sol, thanks to a rat-poisoned suppository, her mysterious past slowly unravels. Just what happened to her twin sister Barbara? And is Sol really dead?...

The entire film is a pure joy. Charles Busch delivers a fantastic performance as Angela. Busch is careful in that his performance is restrained when it needs to be, but completely over-the-top with diva histrionics when that is called for, too. Busch finds the heart in Angela and plays the role sincerely. The rest of the cast is sensational. In his first big film role, Stark Sands is a revelation as the sexually-ambivalent son.
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