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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 ...
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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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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Steven E. McDonald
Director/actor Kenneth Branagh made a stylistic shift for this 1991 reincarnation mystery, playing a Los Angeles private eye (with a note-perfect accent, mind you) who comes across an amnesiac woman Emma Thompson, with the almost immediate result that he begins to have nightmarish flashbacks to another life, where he was a brilliant European orchestra conductor, Roman Strauss, and the mystery woman was his wife, Margaret. The subsequent tale both ravels the threads nicely, and unravels the truth exquisitely, with only a somewhat clumsy dénouement betraying Branagh's assured touch as director (here turned towards adapting a handful of elements from Hitchcock's bag of tricks). Dead Again is a curious mystery though, with complexities that rival those to be found in the films of Nicholas Roeg. Scott A. Frank's script weaves past and present threads together, carefully concealing the truth from the viewer without cheating in any way, avoiding a failing that's become all too common with mystery stories. Branagh's self-assurance leads to a radical place for a major Hollywood film -- Frank's script was left alone unless changes were absolutely needed. Dead Again is a clever piece of work -- engaging, suspenseful, and sometimes even edge-of-seat thrilling.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/15/2009
  • UPC: 032429068668
  • Original Release: 1991
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Black & White / Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Stereo
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:47:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kenneth Branagh Mike Church, Roman Strauss
Emma Thompson Grace, Margaret Strauss
Andy Garcia Gray Baker
Derek Jacobi Franklyn Madson
Robin Williams Dr. Cozy Carlisle
Hanna Schygulla Inga
Wayne Knight "Piccolo" Pete
Campbell Scott Doug
Eric Kilpatrick 2nd Cop
Gail Levin
Miriam Margolyes
Lois Hall Sister Constance
Richard Easton Father Timothy
Patrick Montes Pickup Driver
Raymond Cruz Clerk
Patrick Doyle 1st Cop, 2nd Party Guest
Gordana Rashovich Handcuffed Woman
Obba Babatunde Syd
Christine Ebersole Lydia Larson
Vasek Simek Otto
Gregor Hesse Frankie
John Gould Rubin Cafe Owner
Steven Culp 1st Party Guest
Jo Anderson Sister Madeleine/Starlet
Yvette Freeman Nurse
Technical Credits
Kenneth Branagh Director
Jerry Adams Set Decoration/Design
Peter E. Berger Editor
Phyllis Dalton Costumes/Costume Designer
Lindsay Doran Producer
Patrick Doyle Score Composer
Dennis Feldman Co-producer
Scott Frank Screenwriter
Tim Harvey Production Designer
Matthew Leonetti Cinematographer
Sydney Z. Litwack Art Director
Charles H. Maguire Producer
Sydney Pollack Executive Producer
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Scene Index

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0. Scene Selection
1. Far From Over [3:49]
2. A Name You Can Trust [4:09]
3. Not My Problem [:23]
4. The Art Of Regression [7:18]
5. Roman & Margaret [:46]
6. A Second Opinion [4:59]
7. It Never Rains In L.A. [2:40]
8. The Imposter [4:02]
9. A Nobody [4:14]
10. I'm Not Roman [7:35]
11. It Can Only End Violently [2:56]
12. Ask The Housekeeper [4:32]
13. Goodnight Frankie [:38]
14. Credits [7:57]
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Special Features
   Theatrical Trailer
   Commentary With Producer Lindsay Dorin And Screenwriter Scott Frank
   Commentary Director & Star Kenneth Branagh
   Menu Group #1 with 14 chapter(s) covering 01:47:36
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A Good old fashioned thriller

    Modern film-making is a far cry from the beginnings of the movie industry and most people would probably say it's greatly improved. Techically speaking, there's no arguing that point but there's something to be said for tried and true storytelling with a dash of chills for good measure. "Dead Again" is a great mix of suspense, horror and romance in the old style and it's a style that I miss. Movies like this aren't usually a financial success so they don't get made but they are definitely worth your attention because they grab you right from the start and keep you guessing without being heavy-handed or cliched. No over the top special effects are necessary when you've got a great story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "How Many Times Would You Die For Love?" Kenneth Branagh's American Masterpiece.

    Kenneth Branagh follows up his directorial debut ("Henry V") with this well-plotted suspense thriller written by Scott Frank. As always, Mr. Branagh assembled a top-notch cast (including his then-wife Emma Thompson see "Sense & Sensibility") and got terrific performances. It would be criminal to give away the Hitchcock-like story-line, but the Master Of Suspense would have appreciated this homage to his films, notably the 1954 classic "Dial 'M' For Murder" starring the late Princess Grace Kelly Of Monaco (she married Prince Rainier Of Monaco in 1956 and tragically died in a car crash in 1982). The music by frequent Branagh collaborator Patrick Doyle (who appears in a small role in the film) is nothing short of brilliant. Rated PG-13 for some strong language and mild violence.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Solid movie

    I wouldn't say this is a great movie, but it certainly is good and has a lot of twists. You have to pay attention to the little details, from the opening credits on down to right near the end. Too bad that the above review gives away one of the neater twists. Robin Williams has a small but important role as a potty-mouthed psychiatrist-turned-stockboy. This flick was filmed when Thompson and Branaugh were a couple, before she got her Oscars (for 'Howards End' and 'Sense and Sensibility') and he got a buff body (for 'Mary Shelley's Frankenstein').

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