Dead Again 1991

Dead Again

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When a mute woman suffering from amnesia (Emma Thompson) arrives at the gates of an old orphanage, private investigator Mike Church (Kenneth Branagh) is asked to find out who she is. With the help of a hypnotist (Derek Jacobi), the woman regains her voice and recalls vivid past memories of a couple from the 1940s torn apart by murder. Church begins to develop feelings for the woman, who he calls Grace, and then discovers he has a connection to the tragic couple from the 40s.

Cast & Crew

Kenneth Branagh
Roman Strauss, Mike Church
Emma Thompson
Grace, Margaret Strauss
Andy Garcia
Gray Baker
Derek Jacobi
Franklyn Madson
Robin Williams
Dr. Cozy Carlisle
Wayne Knight
Pete "Piccolo" Dugan
Sydney Pollack
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Matthew F. Leonetti
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Peter Berger
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Critic Reviews for Dead Again

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (39) | Rotten (8)

  • Be grateful for the genuine amusement Dead Again supplies. It may be cotton candy, but it's well spun.

    February 7, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

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

    January 16, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    October 25, 2010 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    July 6, 2010 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

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

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dead Again

  • Feb 25, 2015
    I'm a Kenneth Branagh fan, but Dead Again just didn't do it for me. It was too high minded, littered with holes in its own logic, and Branagh was pretending to be American. I didn't hate it, but my expectations were higher than what the end result delivered.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 26, 2013
    Kenneth Branagh's attempt in at romance noir culminated in Dead Again, a bizarre, lackluster, and increasingly dumb affair. To be sure, I love good film noir, and Dead Again has its moments. This is especially notable at the start of the film, having a good atmospheric set up, and a certain stylistic touch to the dialogue that I appreciated. As the film progressed, however, it got increasingly melodramatic to the point of almost being self parody. The existence of supernatural 'themes' is not an excuse for a profoundly dumb third act, with motifs about as subtle as the film's climax (an apartment decorated with pictures of scissors, for example). An overall misguided and disappointing entry by Branagh. 2/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 20, 2013
    A rare gem about the past lives and the influence it has on the present life. The story was interesting, but sort of like those from Tales From the Crypt. The twist was too easy to guess, though the acting from Thompson and Branagh saved the film
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Dec 22, 2012
    Great story and solid directing! Emma Thompson is mesmerizing!
    Jason R Super Reviewer

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