Kill Me Again

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Kill Me Again
Theatrical release poster
Directed by John Dahl
Produced by Steve Golin
Sigurjón Sighvatsson
Written by John Dahl
Rick Dahl
Music by William Olvis
Cinematography Jacques Steyn
Edited by Eric L. Beason
Frank E. Jimenez
Jonathan P. Shaw
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • October 27, 1989 (1989-10-27)
Running time
94 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $4 million[1]
Box office $283,694[1]

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


Fay Forrester (Whalley-Kilmer) is an attractive young woman who wants to escape from her abusive boyfriend Vince (Madsen). She hires Jack Andrews (Kilmer), a second class private investigator, to arrange her "death". She wants to restart her life with a new identity and the money she got from helping Vince commit robberies. Due to Jack's financial problems, he joins Fay after her fake death. Unfortunately, Vince finds out that Fay is still alive. The hunt for Jack, Fay and the money begins.



Critical response[edit]

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 office[edit]

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

See also[edit]


  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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