Kiss of Death (1995)

Genres - Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Thriller, Gangster Film, Post-Noir (Modern Noir)  |   Release Date - Apr 21, 1995 (USA)  |   Run Time - 101 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Judd Blaise

Updating the 1940s film noir of the same name, screenwriter Richard Price (Clockers, Sea of Love) and director Barbet Schroeder place the emphasis of Kiss of Death not on the plot mechanics but the story's moral and emotional complexity. Intelligent, suspenseful, and well acted, particularly by the frighteningly intense Nicholas Cage, Kiss of Death nevertheless failed to find an audience, perhaps due to its bleak, pessimistic tone and the lack of traditional action sequences, and it marked a quick beginning of the end for the budding movie career of former NYPD Blue star David Caruso.