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Killing Me Softly (2002)

A woman faces deadly consequences for abandoning her loving relationship with her boyfriend to pursue exciting sexual scenarios with a mysterious celebrity mountaineer.

Director:

Kaige Chen

Writers:

Sean French (novel) (as Nicci French), Kara Lindstrom (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Heather Graham ... Alice
Joseph Fiennes ... Adam Tallis
Natascha McElhone ... Deborah
Ulrich Thomsen ... Klaus
Ian Hart ... Senior Police Officer
Jason Hughes ... Jake
Kika Markham ... Mrs. Blanchard
Amy Robbins Amy Robbins ... Sylvie
Yasmin Bannerman ... Joanna Noble
Rebecca Palmer ... Michelle Stowe
Ronan Vibert ... Alice's Boss
Olivia Poulet ... Alice's Secretary
Ian Aspinall Ian Aspinall ... Alice's Work Colleague
Helen Grace Helen Grace ... Alice's Work Colleague
Oliver Ryan ... Bookshop Assistant
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Storyline

London website designer Alice was happy in a stable relationship with reliable, somewhat boring Jake, but quickly dumps him after falling in love at first sight and having wild sex with an overbearing hot hunk, even before she discovers it's the famous mountaineer Adam Tallis, a studly celebrity about whom a book is just being promoted. In no time they get married, despite anonymous warnings not to trust him. In Adam's presence she enjoys being his slavish sex-toy, but when alone at his place can't resist snooping into his past, thus finding out about women falling out of love with him and concluding her climbing rescuer is scarily, dangerously jealous, but she has no proof. Written by KGF Vissers

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Taglines:

How can you escape... what you can't resist? (US DVD) See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, some violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM [United States]

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 2002 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Feu de glace See more »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The main reason Kaige Chen was keen to make the film was because he would never have been allowed to do so in his native China owing to all the sexual content. See more »

Goofs

In the bar, the martinis that Alice and her friend get start off as red and green, but by the end of the scene they are both clear. See more »

Quotes

Adam Tallis: I have nothing to hide, Alice!
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Alternate Versions

US theatrical version was edited for sexuality to secure a R rating. The film was released on DVD & video in both its censored and unrated version. See more »

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A good movie, unjustly prosecuted by the critics...
16 January 2007 | by buigerSee all my reviews

I fail to understand why all the critics are coming down on this film with such vicious fury. Granted, this is not a Hitchcockian masterpiece, but please, give the movie a break. The same critics give decent marks for movies which are really way below this one, and sometimes even to pure trash, as long as they have a good Hollywood pedigree. Well, this one may not have the proper pedigree, but I nevertheless found it to be a very decent thriller, one that kept me interested and on edge most of the time, had a plausible story, and one whose ending was not totally predictable (which is more than you can say for most thrillers nowadays).

All in all, a good evenings entertainment for adults, well worth watching.


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