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Poster for Dead Again
  • Directed by

    Kenneth Branagh

  • Screenplay by

    Scott Frank

  • Music Composed by

    Patrick Doyle

  • Theatrical Release Date

    August 23, 1991 (limited)

    August 30, 1991 (wide)

  • DVD Release Date

    June 27, 2000

  • Production Companies

    Paramount Pictures, Mirage Productions

  • Distribution Company

    Paramount Pictures

Main Cast

  • Robin Williams

    Cozy Carlisle

  • Kenneth Branagh

    Mike Church/Roman Strauss

  • Emma Thompson

    Grace/Margaret Strauss

  • Andy Garcia

    Gray Baker


Mike Church is a Los Angeles private detective who specializes in finding missing persons. He takes on the case of a mystery woman whom he calls Grace. She is suffering from amnesia and has no memories of her own, but she keeps having nightmares involving the murder of a pianist, Margaret, by her husband Roman Strauss in the late 1940s. In an attempt to solve the mystery of these nightmares, Church seeks the help of Madson, an antiques dealer with a gift for hypnosis. The hypnosis sessions soon begin to reveal some surprises.



  • Cozy Carlisle

    You take what you've learned from this life and use it in the next. That's karma.

  • Mike Church

    I thought karma was I do something bad in this life and I'm a termite in the next.

  • Cozy Carlisle

    Hey, if you ask me, pal, you're already a termite in this life in a shitty suit, OK?

  • Mike Church

    Cozy Carlisle?

  • Cozy Carlisle

    Fuck you! I'm on a break.

  • Mike Church

    Uhm, Mr. Carlisle, I've been retained by a law firm to find you and tell you that Myron Spargo died last month.

  • Cozy Carlisle

    Who the fuck is Myron Spargo?

  • Mike Church

    He was a patient of yours.

  • Cozy Carlisle

    I had a lot of patients. Now, beat it!

  • Mike Church

    Yeah, well, this one left you $11,000.

  • Cozy Carlisle

    Myron! Myron!

  • Mike Church

    Yeah, Myron.

  • Cozy Carlisle

    Myron T. Spargo.

  • Mike Church

    Plumbing contractor. Lived in San Marino with his wife Karen or Sharon.

  • Cozy Carlisle

    Karen, yeah, she must be very lonely right now. Jesus, $11,000, that's a lot of grateful. You want a cigarette?

  • Mike Church

    What? No, I don't smoke.

  • Cozy Carlisle

    By my count you've looked at this pack 3 times in the last minute.

  • Mike Church

    What is this?

  • Cozy Carlisle

    See? You use that pen like a cigarette.

  • Mike Church

    You helped Myron Spargo to quit smoking?!

  • Cozy Carlisle

    No, Myron was impotent. Imagine that. A man lays pipe for a living, can't get it up at home.

  • Mike Church

    He must have had a hard-on when he made out his will.

  • Cozy Carlisle

    Hey, thumb-dick!! I was a damn good shrink! In 16 years I've worked a lot of people through a lot of shit. OK, I slept with a patient or two, not like I didn't care about them.

  • Mike Church


  • Cozy Carlisle

    I loved being a doctor. I used to not charge half of my patients. Then the fucking state comes along, they send some bitch undercover, and I'm fucked. It ain't fair, is it?

  • Mike Church

    Why don't you call Opperman-Crowe?
    Set up an appointment, go in, sign the paperwork, they'll cut you a check for the $8,800 right there, okay?

  • Cozy Carlisle

    Excuse me. What happened to the $11,000?

  • Mike Church

    Well, 11 less my commission. That is, unless you got a problem with that, Sigmund. Could I use your phone?

  • Cozy Carlisle

    Help yourself.

  • Mike Church


  • Cozy Carlisle

    Mr. Church?

  • Mike Church


  • Cozy Carlisle

    Someone is either a smoker or a non-smoker, there's no in-between. The trick is to find out which one you are and be that.

  • Mike Church

    Well, you know, I'm trying to quit.

  • Cozy Carlisle

    Don't tell me you're trying to quit. People who're trying to quit are basically pussies who cannot commit. Find out which one you are. Be that. That's it. If you're a non-smoker, you'll know.

  • Mike Church

    Thank you, nice place you got here. Fuckin' fruitcake.

  • Mike Church

    Why would she want to kill me now?

  • Cozy Carlisle

    Why do women do anything?



How many times can you die for love


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Filming Info

  • Dates

    October 1, 1990 - unknown

  • Locations

    380 South, Los Angeles, CA
    San Rafael, CA
    Pasadena, CA

International Release Dates

  • UK

    October 25, 1991

  • Argentina

    November 14, 1991

  • Germany

    February 1992 (Berlin International Film Festival)
    February 20, 1992 (wide)

  • Japan

    February 15, 1992

  • Austria

    February 21, 1992

  • Spain

    February 28, 1992

  • France

    March 4, 1992

  • Australia

    March 5, 1992

  • Hong Kong

    March 19, 1992

International Titles

  • Austria / Germany

    Schatten der Vergangenheit

  • Sweden

    Död på nytt

  • Italy

    L'altro delitto

  • Canada

    Le passé revient (French title)

  • Spain

    Morir todavía

  • Finland

    Murha menneisyydestä

  • Greece

    Nekroi xana

  • Poland

    Umrzec ponownie

  • Brazil

    Voltar a Morrer

  • Argentina

    Volver a morir

Box Office

  • Gross

    $38,016,380 (USA)
    N/A (international)
    $38,016,380 (total)

  • Opening Weekend

    Limited: $3,479,395 (450 theaters)
    Wide: $6,315,869 (745 theaters)

  • Widest Release

    940 theaters

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