Kiss or Kill (1997)



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In this psychological thriller, two young lovers take off across the desert toward Perth after their robbery scam goes awry and one of their victims accidentally dies. Their operation started out normally enough with Nikki seducing a married stranger into her hotel room where she planned to drug, then rob him with assistance from her boyfriend Al. Unfortunately, he accidentally overdoses and dies. Things take an even darker turn when the two discover the man is carrying a video tape of a nationally known athlete committing a sexual act with a child. Nikki and Al immediately take off with Zipper Doyle, the athlete in hot pursuit. Two policemen, Hummer and Crean are also searching for them. The situation grows worse when the two fugitives spend the night at a motel. The owner is kind to them, but during the night, someone came in an slashed his throat. Al thinks Nikki, who was traumatized as a child when she saw a burglar burn her mother alive, may have done it while sleepwalking. Nikki, in turn, thinks Al did the deed. When more murders happen a short while later, it only serves to increase the tension between the two.
R (adult situations/language, sex, violence)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Universal Pictures


Frances O'Connor
as Nikki Davis
Matt Day
as Al Fletcher
Chris Haywood
as Det. Hummer
Barry Otto
as Adler Jones
Max Cullen
as Stan
Andrew S. Gilbert
as Det. Crean
Barry Langrishe
as Zipper Doyle
Jennifer Cluff
as Bel Jones
John Clark
as Possum Harry
Don Chapman
as Lindsay Klein
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Critic Reviews for Kiss or Kill

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (11)

Imagine Terrence Malick's Badlands done as black comedy, with the rural atmosphere of Psycho and dialogue rubbed against flint.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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The picture's velocity, style, irreverence, unexpected playful humor and new take on the noir genre make it worth a look.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
San Francisco Chronicle
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If this scenario sounds like stock film-noir plotting, Bill Bennett ... makes something utterly fresh and, for all its scent of evil, invigorating out of it.

December 31, 1999
New York Times
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A chaotic-but-pointless exercise in mediocrity.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Top Critic

Bennett's screenplay is consistent, completely concerned with the haphazard and the jogging of conventional expectation.

December 31, 1999
The New Republic
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I've seen countless road movies, but this one felt different, as if it had an unbalanced flywheel.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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