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Kiss of Death (1995)
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by Rob Gonsalves

"Balls. Attitude. Determination."
5 stars

Hollywood should assign all their remakes of hard-boiled classics to Richard Price. He did right by 'Night and the City,' and his script for this remake of the 1947 noir classic sparkles with malicious street wit. Now that Woody Allen has abdicated the throne, Price is the soul-of-New-York screenwriter.

David Caruso, in his first (and only) bid as a movie star, is ex-con Jimmy Kilmartin, coerced by the feds to entrap psychotic car thief Little Junior (a magnetic Nicolas Cage). Director Barbet Schroeder creates a malignant atmosphere of unease, the constant promise of violence (though the most disgusting murder — the killers prepare for it by donning raincoats — occurs off-camera).

Jimmy seems in way over his head, and Caruso (unfairly sneered at for ditching NYPD Blue for this movie) convinces us of Jimmy’s intelligence but also his vulnerability — it’s a solid, subtle performance that mostly got overlooked in favor of the more vivid turns by Cage (“We should get together sometime — talk about life an’ shit”), Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Rapaport, Ving Rhames, and Helen Hunt (who, as Jimmy’s first wife, makes her few screen moments count).

But the acclaim belongs to Price, who writes ‘em like Hollywood used to make ‘em, only with a lot more profanity and splatter.

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8/25/07 Brian Cage should do another as film as "Little Junior", quite convincing. 5 stars
7/25/06 Sepi53 Cage and Jackson saves this one! 3 stars
5/20/06 mr.mike caruso comes thru the brutal fight at the end without a mark 3 stars
1/03/06 CrowTRobot Um, yeah...are you people fucking insane? This was instantly an forgettable turd. 1 stars
5/03/05 tatum Caruso is excellent, script is average 4 stars
5/28/04 Neda It's good movie but Nicolas Cage's acting was so short 4 stars
12/01/03 LIAM JACKSON i admire the way Cage's character listen's to'jump around' whilst he's killing people. 5 stars
3/03/03 Jack Sommersby Medicore screenplay and weak acting hinder this atmospheric crime drama. 2 stars
1/03/03 Jack Sommersby Smoothly directed but mediocrely written. 2 stars
5/22/02 Francis actors and director going through the motions - plays like an extended TV series programme 3 stars
2/12/01 Jake Couldn't help but root for Caruso. Cage was chilling. 4 stars
11/23/00 Mic It's not too bad, but it definitely isn't very good. 2 stars
11/22/99 strike It 8isn´t bad, but I still got the feeling that talent was wasted here. 3 stars
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  21-Apr-1995 (R)
  DVD: 01-Jun-2004



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