Dead Again (1991)



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Movie Info

This stylish and taut thriller from noted British filmmaker Kenneth Branagh, centers on the attempts of a street-toughened but still kindly Los Angeles detective to solve the mystery of an unidentified amnesiac beauty who has lost the ability to speak. His investigation leads him to a four-decade-old unsolved murder and puts both him and the girl in grave danger.

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Mystery & Suspense
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Written By: Scott Frank
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On DVD: Jun 27, 2000
Paramount Home Video


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Critic Reviews for Dead Again

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (10)

Branagh's contemporary American accent is annoying, and the film's constant inter-cutting of past and present lives becomes laughable.

Full Review… | January 16, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

As the twists come thick and fast and the plot gets progressively more and more baroque, Branagh shows himself to be at least as intelligent as Brian De Palma in delivering over-the-top stylistic filigree.

Full Review… | October 25, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Director and star Kenneth Branagh brings the same zest and bravura style to this actors' romp of a mystery-thriller as he did to Henry V.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Top Critic

Branagh's lame stab at a romantic psychological thriller makes no sense.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A big, convoluted, entertainingly dizzy romantic mystery melodrama. It's also another coup de cinema for Mr. Branagh.

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

A miscalculation from a prodigious talent who has forgotten that you squeeze the life out of romance when you don't give it space to breathe.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Audience Reviews for Dead Again


A woman arrives at a Catholic orphanage without her memory and subject to night terrors. The priest knows of a local detective, a graduate, who'll work for free ... so begins this mostly forgotten gem by Branagh wherein he quite literally throws in everything AND the kitchen sink. Nothing but a film about loving film but the old films in particular. So good I half expected Bette or Humphrey to put in a surprise cameo. Ignore the climax though, so stupid, so lame, you'll laugh out loud.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

I love this noir-ish Hitchcock style thriller. Its lots of fun as well. Husband and wife team (married 1989-95) Branagh and Thompson shine as the leads. Branagh also directs. It sounds cheesy, but its not: both leads play dual roles, in 1949 and the present, swapping genders. At times both are funny, charming, perplexed, and exasperated.

The film is well made. Kudos to Andy Garcia's make-up technician. He is as convincing a dying old man as I've seen, complete with a cigarette-smoking tracheotomy! I think I'll give up smoking. Robin Williams also has a meaty, though small role. Its a great ride; the supernatural aspects could have been hokey but instead are gripping and mysterious, especially in the climax.

Whatever happened to Wayne (Hello,Newman) Knight?

Clintus M.
Clintus Maximus

Super Reviewer


It's a pretty good thriller, but there are aspects about it that bother me. The score is completely over-the-top and the final minutes I was laughing all the way through. Other than that, it wasn't too bad.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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