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Dead Again (1991)

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Set 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).

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Cast

Kenneth Branagh
as Mike Church/Roman Strauss
Emma Thompson
as Grace/Margaret Strauss
Andy Garcia
as Gray Baker
Robin Williams
as Dr. Cozy Carlisle
Derek Jacobi
as Franklyn Madson
Wayne Knight
as Piccolo Pete
Lois Hall
as Sister Constance
Richard Easton
as Father Timothy
Christine Ebersole
as Lydia Larson
Jo Anderson
as Sister Madeleine/Starlet
Patrick Montes
as Pickup Driver
Patrick Doyle
as 1st Cop/2nd Party Guest
Gordana Rashovich
as Handcuffed Woman
Gregor Hesse
as Frankie
John Gould Rubin
as Cafe Owner
Steven Culp
as 1st Party Guest
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Critic Reviews for Dead Again

All Critics (46) | 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
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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
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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
Variety
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Branagh's lame stab at a romantic psychological thriller makes no sense.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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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
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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

½

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
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 Maximus
Clintus Maximus

Super Reviewer

½

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
Tim Salmons

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