Kiss of Death (1995)

R   |    |  Crime, Drama, Thriller

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A reformed convict goes undercover with the help of an angry detective to ensnare a psychotic mobster.




  • Nicolas Cage and David Caruso in Kiss of Death (1995)
  • David Caruso and Kathryn Erbe in Kiss of Death (1995)
  • Nicolas Cage and David Caruso in Kiss of Death (1995)
  • Nicolas Cage in Kiss of Death (1995)
  • Samuel L. Jackson and David Caruso in Kiss of Death (1995)
  • Nicolas Cage in Kiss of Death (1995)

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12 June 2004 | secragt
Good, underrated crime drama
A mostly gripping crime drama with a good script and a great cast. This is David Caruso's best movie by far as a leading man, the reason he left NYPD Blue, and it portended a good career to follow. Well, his movie career tanked but this is still a good character study and underrated neo noir entry. Cage is all breathy snarl and wonderful menace in the flashy sociopath role originated by Richard Widmark. Hard to imagine assembling a backup cast with Ving Rhames, Helen Hunt, Stanley Tucci, Michael Rapaport and Samuel L. Jackson these days on this budget, and they all put in nice turns.

Probably worth a shot if you are a fan of modern noir and gritty crime dramas, though it does peter out a bit with the too-convenient denouement. Cut from the same tough cloth as other sleeper modern noir movies like DEEP COVER and ROMEO IS BLEEDING.

"You F#&$ with the bull, you get the horns." 7.5 / 10 Would rate higher if not for the too-cute ending.

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Plot Summary


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,317,066 23 April 1995

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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