Saturday, October 31, 2015

Death Becomes Her



1992 American Feature

Cast: Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn, Isabella Rossellini, Ian Ogilvy, Adam Storke, Nancy Fish, Alaina Reed Hall and Sydney Pollack
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Writer: Martin Donovan and David Koepp

Synopsis:
Two vain, long-time rivals — actress Madeline Ashton and author Helen Sharp — discover a magic potion that promises eternal youth, yet find that it has a some unexpected, supernatural drawbacks.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 45% / Audience: 61%
  • OMG rating: 8/10
  • Movie Dearest rating: B+

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available



Trailer:


Awards:
  • Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.
  • Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Awards for Best Supporting Actress (Rossellini) and Special Effects.
  • BAFTA Award for Best Special Effects.
  • Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical (Streep).

Notes/Trivia:
  • Casting Call: Kevin Kline.
  • In the opening scene, Meryl Streep's character Madeline Ashton is starring in a musical version of Sweet Bird of Youth, a play by Tennessee Williams about an aging actress who pines for her lost youth.
  • A pneumatic bra was built to create the effect where Madeline Ashton's breasts become higher and firmer after drinking the magic potion, but the effect didn't look realistic enough. In order to get the shot Meryl Streep's dresser stood behind her, out of sight of the camera, and pushed her breasts into position.
  • Several "dead celebrities" appear as characters in the film, including James Dean, Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, Jim Morrison, Elvis Presley and Andy Warhol.
  • Romance novel cover model Fabio appears as one of Lisle's bodyguards.
  • The film underwent some major re-editing after negative feedback was received at test screenings. The entire ending was changed, and the role played by Tracey Ullman disappeared from the film completely, despite the fact that she was featured briefly in the trailer for the film.

OMG Movie #628

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