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Kill Me Again is a 1989 American neo-noir thriller film directed by John Dahl, and starring Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley and Michael Madsen.

Kill Me Again
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohn Dahl
Produced bySteve Golin
Sigurjón Sighvatsson
Written byJohn Dahl
Rick Dahl
Music byWilliam Olvis
CinematographyJacques Steyn
Edited byEric L. Beason
Frank E. Jimenez
Jonathan P. Shaw
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • October 27, 1989 (1989-10-27)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$4 million[1]
Box office$283,694[1]



Fay Forrester and her violent boyfriend Vince Miller steals a million dollars belonging to the mafia. Miller wants to keep all the money to himself, after which Forrester flees with the money. She assigns the dodgy private investigator Jack Andrews with the arrangement of her death. Forrester tells the detective that she is fleeing her ex-husband, who she claims has abused her. Andrews agrees, though he notices she is lying.

The private detective, a widower, is accordingly suspected by the police of the murder. The femme fatale, who likes to hang around in the casino, keeps burning him. Miller and the mafia are also interested in him. He has an affair with Forrester, who proposes to stage death again - this time for both lovers. Andrews is allegedly on the way to Maine, where his wife drowned in a traffic accident. Andrews is to hide the money near the place where not far from the shore a fabricated boat accident supposedly happened. Meanwhile, Miller tortures a friend of Andrews and learns about Andrew's whereabouts in Nevada. Fay convinces herself to kill Miller. But once Miller appears, he reconciles with Fay and forces Andrews to hand over the case with the money. Andrews then flees by jumping into the water, whereby Miller and Fay shoots him and hurt him severely. The accomplices flee in front of the police and notice on the way that in the suitcase is not money, but waste paper, before they ram a tank container that explodes, killing them.

In the end Andrews is seen traveling with the money.



Critical responseEdit

The film drew a mixed reception. Variety gave it a mostly positive review, stating: "The tale of a down-and-out detective and a seamy femme fatale is a thoroughly professional little entertainment.[2] Time Out gave it a mostly negative review, complaining: "Derived from assorted Hitchcocks and noir classics, the tortuous storyline of writer-director Dahl's determinedly sordid thriller has its moments," but was critical of the three lead actors and concludes: "Setting its study of betrayal and deceit in and around the gambling towns of the Nevada desert, the film sporadically achieves a truly seedy atmosphere, but there are too many symbols, too many loose ends, and too many vaguely sensationalist scenes.[3]

Box officeEdit

The film was a failure at the box office,[1] but it later achieved some success on home video.[citation needed]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Kill Me Again (1989)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  2. ^ "Kill Me Again review". Variery. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  3. ^ "Kill Me Again review". Time Out. Retrieved February 21, 2015.

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