Kiss of Fire (1998)

Kiss of Fire





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This drama is set on the remote coast of Dolphin Island where Italian Stefano Mauri mysteriously arrives out of the blue. He seeks employment at a hotel and meets Claudine, the hotel laundress. Claudine, who is subject to major mood swings, begins an enigmatic relationship with Stefano.

Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Antonio Tibaldi, Heidi Hall
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 18, 2000
Jazz Pictures

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as Stefano Mauri

as Pelican

as Roscoe

as Kenneth

as Doctor

as Chloe's Father

as Chole's Mother

as Mansion Caretaker

as Cockatoo Store Owner

as Traveling Salesman

as Asian Woman

as Elderly Woman No. 1

as Elderly Woman No. 2

as Claudine's Stepmom

as Bus Terminal Worker

as Lakebottom

as Bus Ticket Seller
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Critic Reviews for Kiss of Fire

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Kiss of Fire

Any viewer expecting to find Applegate amidst a 'journey of erotic desire,' 'a world of seduction and betrayal,' or 'the seedy world of exotic dancing' as promoted by the case artwork and PR blurbs is going to be very disappointed indeed.

The film's best described as much akin to "9 1/2 Weeks," "Two Moon Junction," "Wild Orchid," "Lake Consequence," et. al. - with all the erotic scenes missing.

Given that fact - and the film's 90 minute length - it's not entirely unlikely that Applegate invoked a contractual clause allowing her to leave all her really naughty bits on the cutting-room floor.

What's left is plot and characterizations that barely stand on their own, atmospheric cinematography, an ethereal background score - and DVD cases desperately promoting sizzle where there's no steak.

Miramax repackaged and retitled the film (from "Christine's Return") in a lame attempt to break even on the go-to-video.

In 1998, Applegate was just off ten years of "Married With Children," a proven actress facing a serious typecasting issue to overcome. That's just the scenario that would lead her to toy with soft erotica, as it led Elizabeth Berkley to "Showgirls." The difference being Applegate's enormous, eternal MWC cash-flows would have allowed her to demand escape hatches in her contract.

And that difference may also explain the extraordinarily prudish lingerie worn during the quite brief gentlemen's club scene as portrayed on the box artwork.

Applegate's delivery is decent; her running partner is little more than Italian showhorse, resulting in low chemistry between the two - what chemistry not left on the cutting room floor, that is.

Evocative cinematography of Charleston and Savannah coastlines and landscapes remains intact.

Toward film's end, some semblance of interesting plot, dollopped with a bit of enigmatic & romantic mysticism, emerges.

RECOMMENDATION: As it stands, it's better suited to the Harlequin crowd.

TonyPolito Polito

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