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Dead Again 1991 123movies

Dead Again 1991 123movies

How many times can you die for love?Aug. 23, 1991107 Min.
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Watch: Dead Again 1991 123movies, Full Movie Online – Mike Church (Sir Kenneth Branagh) is a Los Angeles private detective who specializes in finding missing people. He takes on the case of a mute woman named Grace (Dame Emma Thompson), who is suffering from a total amnesia and doesn’t even know her name. She keeps having nightmares involving the murder of a pianist named Margaret Strauss (Dame Emma Thompson) by her husband, Roman (Sir Kenneth Branagh), in 1949. In an attempt to solve the mystery about her identity and her nightmares, Mike accepts the help of antiquary Franklyn Madson (Derek Jacobi), who arrives to offer his services as a hypnotist. The hypnosis sessions soon begin to reveal some surprises..
Plot: In 1949 composer Roman Strauss is executed for the vicious murder of his wife Margaret with a pair of scissors. In 1990s Los Angeles a mute amnesiac woman shows up at an orphanage and private eye Mike Church is called in to investigate. Under hypnosis both the woman and Church seem to have a strange link back to the Strauss murder.
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By far, my favourite film of Branagh’s that he’s directed. A solid mystery/thriller–the kind that’s not done enough these days IMHO. Though he’s certainly diversified his oeuvre recently, what with Disney remakes and even superhero films, I wish he had done a lot more like this one, rather than, high-quality as they are, a metric tonne of yet-more Shakespearean adaptations.
Review By: talisencrw

Kenneth Branagh’s first film, **HENRY V**, was a critical triumph. But since it was a Shakespeare story, it is overlooked as high-brow. With **DEAD AGAIN** as his sophomore directorial effort, Branagh has a film for the popcorn crowd. If **HENRY V** was tonally like a Laurence Olivier film, **DEAD AGAIN** is tonally like an Alfred Hitchcock movie.
Filmed in 2 eras, in both color and black and white, with characters portraying multiple characters, a private eye, reincarnation, a fortune teller even a _femme fatale_ suffering from amnesia! Obviously **DEAD AGAIN** is a suspense thriller of old.

The screenplay by Scott Frank – screenwriter of **OUT OF SIGHT**, **GET SHORTY** and **MINORITY REPORT**- is taut and exciting. Branagh’s creative use of camera and the thundering musical score by his musical alter ego, Patrick Doyle, marry well with that script.

Once again, Branagh carries the film in front and behind the camera. This time taking on 2 different roles, as does his one-time wife Emma Thompson. While some from his Shakespeare community appear in other roles, Branagh embraces his first Hollywood film by bringing on board American actors, like Andy Garcia and Robin Williams.

In the end, story is king in **DEAD AGAIN**. It is fun and exciting and easily one of the best films of 1991.

_”…two halves of the same person. Nothing can separate them, not even death.”_

Review By: DocTerminus
The Karma: More Twists Than a Pretzel
This movie is about dual parallel stories occurring in Los Angeles in the late forties and again four decades later in the early nineties. The segments that make up 1948-1949 portion are in black and white flashbacks, and focus on the tragic love affair of music composer and conductor Roman (Kenneth Branagh) and pianist Margaret Strauss (Emma Thompson). The opening montage is made of compiled newspaper headlines and clippings that scream about the murder of Margaret (MURDER . . . TRIAL . . . GUILTY . . .). We quickly learn that Roman was convicted and executed for the scissor-murder of his wife. Roman goes to the electric chair proclaiming his innocence. Margaret had been suspicious that ominous housekeeper Inga (Hanna Schygulla) and her strange and stuttering son Frankie (Gregor Hesse) may have stolen jewelry items from Roman. But Inga had saved Roman from Hitler, so she kept her position. In turn, Roman was unhappy that his wife seemed to have taken an inordinate amount of interest with newspaper writer Gray Baker (Andy Garcia).

The early 1990s part involves private investigator Mike Church (Branagh again), who has been asked by Father Timothy (Richard Easton), a priest, to unearth the identity of a woman (Thompson again) who has lost both her voice and her memory. She experiences terrible nightmares. Church had intended to drop off Thompson at the local madhouse, but after seeing conditions there he decided to put her up for a night or two. He gives her a faux-name, “Grace.” Helpful newspaper man Piccolo Pete (Wayne Knight) puts her photograph in the local rag. Peculiar hypnotist (and antique dealer on the side!), Franklyn Madison (Derek Jacobi) responds quickly. Now Franklyn believes that a trauma from the woman’s past is causing mute amnesia. When Franklyn, with permission from Mike Church, places Grace under hypnotism, she begins to have visions from the 1940s, i.e., Roman and Margaret’s life (before Grace was born). Grace soon regains her voice, but not her memory. As she begins to grow closer to Mike, she notices the similarities between their lives and the previous ones of Roman and Margaret. As she looks even deeper into her past, she begins to fear Mike, feeling that – like Roman earlier – he will eventually kill her (as he is apparently Roman re-incarnated). But did Roman really kill Margaret? At a critical point Church tells Grace, “I would never hurt you, MARGARET” (Freudian slip), Grace screams right away.

Cozy Carlisle (Robin Williams), ex-psychiatrist turned supermarket worker, soon warns Mike that he should indeed kill Grace before she kills him because fate is what it is. There are similarities between past and present lives. Reincarnation also means that one may return in a different gender: Grace could be Roman while Mike may be Margaret (heavy stuff here)! After researching, Piccolo Pete tells Grace that her real name is Amanda Sharp, an artist who lost her memory after being mugged. (Note the Salvador Dali copy of his famous painting in her spacious apartment (“The Persistence of Memory”). After, when Mike agrees to be hypnotized, he uncovers a startling secret. When Mike later locates the aged and decrepit Gray in a wretched condition at a nursing facility, he is told that Inga the housekeeper knew everything that went on in the Strauss household. When asked about her and son Frankie, Gray says “They had opened some sort of shop . . . AN-tiques.” Mike’s utter surprise sets up the denouement. Under Patrick Doyle’s rousing musical score, there is a grand operatic clash with slow-motion shots and with cuts between the (black and white) past and (color) present times. It is a bit pretentious, though (but dig those gigantic scissors!).

Yes, the story is complicated and relies on coincidence but it is a good tale, and very inventive. Each of the plot twists is given suitable build-up that avoids viewer confusion. One gets so swept away with the yarn and buys into the story that he/she ignores the coincidences (like Mike’s meeting with Grace/Amanda in the first place). The character development is at a high level, while the sets and scenes are imaginatively well-done. Acting performances are first-rate. Derek Jacobi (of “I, Claudius” fame) is excellent as the hypnotist with a sinister agenda. An innovative touch occurs when he puts folks under not just to obtain information about the past, but also to pry from subconscious minds the whereabouts of certain antiques that may somehow fetch him big dollars. Robin Williams, as Cozy Carlisle, believing that the world has thoroughly porked him, leaves no room for anything but the blackest of humor in his top performance. Kenneth Branagh directed, and he and his then wife Emma Thompson shared the lead roles of both eras effectively, with the nod going to the latter. Matthew Leonetti’s cinematography is effective at capturing moods. Whether or not you want believe in reincarnation does not matter (this writer does not) as the film’s entertainment value is high. But you need to pay close attention to the story!

Review By: romanorum1

Other Information:

Original Title Dead Again
Release Date 1991-08-23
Release Year 1991

Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 47 min (107 min)
Budget 0
Revenue 38016380
Status Released
Rated R
Genre Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director Kenneth Branagh
Writer Scott Frank
Actors Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Andy Garcia
Country United States, United Kingdom
Awards Nominated for 1 BAFTA Award1 win & 5 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Website N/A

Technical Information:

Sound Mix Dolby (Westrex Recording System)
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Ultracam 35, Cooke Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (color)
Film Length 2,925 m (Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman EXR 100T 5248, EXR 500T 5296)
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm

Dead Again 1991 123movies
Dead Again 1991 123movies
Dead Again 1991 123movies
Dead Again 1991 123movies
Dead Again 1991 123movies
Original title Dead Again
TMDb Rating 6.464 303 votes

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