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Judas Kiss (1998 film)

Judas Kiss is a 1998 American crime thriller film that starred Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Roscoe Lee Browne, Carla Gugino, Simon Baker-Denny, Gil Bellows, Richard Riehle, and Til Schweiger. It was directed by Sebastian Gutierrez.

Judas Kiss
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Theatrical release poster
Directed bySebastian Gutierrez
Produced byElaine Dysinger
Carla Gugino
Beau Flynn
Daniel Rappaport
Written bySebastian Gutierrez
Deanna Fuller
StarringAlan Rickman
Emma Thompson
Roscoe Lee Browne
Carla Gugino
Simon Baker
Til Schweiger
Gil Bellows
Music byChristopher Young
CinematographyJames Chressanthis
Edited byHoward Smith
Distributed byBandeira Entertainment
Release date
  • September 16, 1998 (1998-09-16) (Toronto)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$4.5 million

The film premiered at the 1998 Toronto International Film Festival and won the Critics Award at the 1999 Cognac Festival du Film Policier.



Coco Chavez (Carla Gugino) and Junior Armstrong (Simon Baker) are two small-time criminals who make money at blackmail and sex scams. They attempt to break into the big time by kidnapping a computer genius and holding him for a $4 million ransom. To help them, they enlist Lizard Browning (Gil Bellows) and Ruben Rubenbauer (Til Schweiger) who provide firepower and technology. However, during the kidnapping, they accidentally kill the young wife of Louisiana Senator Hornbeck.

Racked by guilt, Coco and the group are pursued by veteran Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Sadie Hawkins (Emma Thompson) and grizzled New Orleans detective David Friedman (Alan Rickman). The two combative officers enjoy showing up one another during their investigation, as well as commiserate about their jobs and personal foibles. Coco and Junior also have to deal with henchmen hired by the Senator (Hal Holbrook) to get revenge on the group.

As the plot unfolds, it appears that the murder may not have been entirely accidental. Detective Friedman's suspicions are raised when Senator Hornbeck threatens the detectives instead of offering assistance. On the cusp of getting away with a nearly flawless crime, the group faces betrayal from within.



The movie was produced by Bandeira Entertainment. The movie was filmed in Los Angeles, California and on location in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Awards and nominationsEdit

Cognac Festival du Film Policier
Paris Film Festival

Home videoEdit

The movie was distributed to home video on both VHS and DVD formats on September 21, 1999 by Sony Pictures. Both home video formats have a runtime of 98 minutes.

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