The Curve (film)

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The Curve (US Title)
The Curve FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Dan Rosen
Produced by Michael Amato, Jeremy Lew, Ted Schipper, Alain Siritzky
Written by Dan Rosen
Starring Matthew Lillard
Michael Vartan
Randall Batinkoff
Keri Russell
Music by Shark
Cinematography Joey Forsyte
Edited by Glenn Garland
Distributed by Trimark Pictures
Release dates
24 January 1998
Running time
91 minutes
Country  United States
Language English

The Curve is a 1998 thriller starring Matthew Lillard, Keri Russell and Michael Vartan.[1]

It is also known as Dead Man's Curve,[1] but was changed to The Curve to avoid confusion with the film Dead Man on Campus, a comedy with a similar pass by catastrophe premise about two college roommates who try to get another roommate to commit suicide.

In the UK and Australia it was released as Dead Man's Curve.


The story follows Tim, Chris and Rand who are campus roommates. After hearing of a school policy, which says that anyone whose roommate commits suicide gets an automatic 4.0 GPA (see: Pass by catastrophe), Tim and Chris plot to kill Rand and make it look like suicide. After the suicide, Rand's girlfriend Natalie (the roommate of Chris' girlfriend Emma) is distraught and commits suicide as well. The story takes several plot twists as each person's motives come to light and the truth is revealed.

The film was screened at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.[2]


Writer and director Dan Rosen and score composer Shark music supervised the film (credited as Pajama Party Productions). Prior to the start of filming, they made a mix tape of music they were considering for the film. Each actor was given the tape as background to their characters. When editor Glen Garland was putting together the first edit of the film he used music from this mix tape as temp. Many of the songs ended up in the final film.

A song based soundtrack album featuring songs from Dead Man's Curve/The Curve was released in Japan only through Toho Records.
A soundtrack album featuring music from Dead Man's Curve/The Curve was released in North America through Chromatic Records.

The US soundtrack album featured 14 tracks from score composer Shark, plus the opera piece, "Aria from La Wally", and the songs "Die" by Starbelly, "Bela Lugosi's Dead" by Bauhaus and "Wake Up Sad (remix)" by Wild Colonials.




It was filmed at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.


  1. ^ a b "The Curve". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ "Dead Man's Curve". 
  3. ^ "Producer of erotic Emmanuelle films Alain Siritzky dies aged 72 after a short illness". Daily Mail. 14 October 2014. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Saperstein, Pat (14 October 2014). "'Emmanuelle' Producer Alain Siritzky Dies at 72". Variety. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 

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