Dead Again (1991)
Movie InfoSet in contemporary Los Angeles as well as the Los Angeles of the 1940s, Dead Again explores a romance between two star-crossed lovers -- and the doomed passion they shared in their last lifetime. Los Angeles detective Mike Church (Kenneth Branagh) comes to the aid of mute, amnesia-victim Grace (Emma Thompson) and falls in love with her. He sets out to discover her true identity and the source of her terrible nightmares. Mike is aided in his investigation by hypnotist/furniture dealer Franklyn Madison (Derek Jacobi) who discovers that in a past life Grace was Margaret Strauss (also played by Thompson), who may have been mudered by her husband Roman (Branagh). ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Dead Again
Branagh's contemporary American accent is annoying, and the film's constant inter-cutting of past and present lives becomes laughable.
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.
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.
Branagh's lame stab at a romantic psychological thriller makes no sense.
A big, convoluted, entertainingly dizzy romantic mystery melodrama. It's also another coup de cinema for Mr. Branagh.
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.
It's a restless yet highly organized effort, displaying the director's desire to not just passively assemble a movie, but to rattle the senses as well.
The mixture of gritty noir and supernatural shenanigans sits uneasily, but the film may simply be too bizarre to work at all.
Engaging in spite of its cheesy ending
Dead Again is a truly enjoyable popcorn movie, even if it is ultimately total nonsense.
Really pretty lame.
Awesome mystery. The afterlife subplot works perfectly and sells the surprise twist.
A playful, whip-smart exercise in suspense.
A decent thriller with a more than decent twist.
Kenneth Branagh constructs a lush, compelling romantic noir, working beautifully with then-wife Emma Thompson.
Kenneth Branagh's valentine to Alfred Hitchcock is too clever for its own good.
A novel, first-rate-thriller. Branagh and Thompson are a great duo.
Branagh's noir homage is a truly great thriller. One of 1991's best.
An imperfect film that just misses a chance at greatness, Dead Again aims for Hitchcock, but comes nearer Brian De Palma.
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.More
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.
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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.More
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