Kiss of Death (1995)



Critic Consensus: An outstanding ensemble cast propels Kiss of Death, a noir-ish crime thriller that's slick and big on atmosphere, even if its script may only provide sporadic bursts of tension.

Movie Info

In this tense and complex thriller, set in Queens, New York, ex-con Jimmy Kilmartin is trying hard to lead an honest life and support his family, but when his cousin Ronnie pleads with him to help him drive a truck filled with stolen cars to the harbor, Jimmy cannot refuse.

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Ben Hecht, Eleazar Lipsky, Richard Price
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 1, 2004
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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as Jimmy Kilmartin

as Little Junior

as Frank Zioli

as Big Junior

as Jack Gold

as Corinna (age 4)

as Bev's Mother

as Kid Selling Infinity

as Dancing Naked Man

as Junior's Girlfriend

as City Clerk

as Big Junior's Friend

as US Attorney

as Convoy Drunk

as Agent at Bungalow

as Big Junior's Friend

as Johnny A

as Calvin's Partner

as Molested Dancer

as Sioux Dancer

as Federal Agent

as Riker's Security Off...

as Angry Federal Agent

as Junior's Crew No. 1

as Junior's Crew No. 2

as J.J.'s Crew No. 1

as J.J.'s Crew No. 2

as Prison Chaplain

as Priest at Funeral

as Cop Outside Bar

as Emergency Room Cop

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Critic Reviews for Kiss of Death

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (14)

What's most effective about the new Kiss of Death is Tucci's marvelously slimy prosecutor.

Full Review… | September 19, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

A crackling thriller that feels unusually attuned to its lowlife characters.

Full Review… | September 19, 2008
Top Critic

Cage and Caruso strike sparks in this riveting piece of pulp fiction, but it's that first Kiss you'll remember.

March 7, 2005
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

It's a sleek, muscular thriller played by a terrific ensemble cast...

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

A riveting crime drama.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Cage, one of the few American actors who gets more interesting from film to film, comes close to kidnaping the picture as Little Junior, a pumped-up but asthmatic thug who, like King Kong, is a gorilla with a wistful air about him.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Kiss of Death


What impressed me to start with was all the name actors - Nicholas Cage, Samuel Jackson, Helen Hunt, etc. You are alternately distressed at the hopelessness of fighting organized crime and hope for the hero.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer


A whole host of great actors that were so much younger and greener in 1995. David Caruso plays an excellent part as a informant to a Distrait Attorney, and who he is informing on is a tough Little Junior Brown (Nicolas Cage, mean while he's putting up with the cop who was shot in a prior crime Samuel L Jackson, Plenty of action and very well written for a 1995 movie that is worth watching more then once. 4 1/2 stars

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


Forget the other well known actors in this film, this is a David Curuso film, with the smaller parts being played by others. Curuso himself plays quite a good role, unfortunately I think Nick Cage ruined this film, his attempt at playing the pshycho, was less than believable and he just looked like a corny action star.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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