To Die For
Character: Suzanne Stone Maretto
Directed by: Gus Van Sant
Written by: Buck Henry
Produced by: Laura Ziskin
Other cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Matt Dillon, Casey Affleck, Illeana Douglas, Alison Folland
Release date: October 6, 1995
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Running time: 1h 46min

Suzanne Stone is a weather reporter at her small-town cable station, but she dreams of being a big-time news anchor. However, she feels that her middle-class husband is holding her back, so she decides to have him murdered. For this, she enlists Jimmy, a high school boy who is enamored with her. The plan doesn't work exactly as she intended, though, and her husband's family starts to suspect that she was involved in his death.


• All she wanted was a little attention.
• She’ll do anything to get what she wants …ANYTHING
• She was prepared to go all the way… for what she wanted.
• She knew what it took to get to the top… a lot of heart and a little head.


• Once she’d read the script, Nicole Kidman was determined to land the lead role. This involved tracking down ‘Gus van Sant”s personal phone number and ringing him at home. She spent 40 minutes talking to him on the phone about her thoughts on Suzanne and how to play her. Van Sant called back 2 hours later to tell her she’d got the part.
• As part of her research, Nicole Kidman spent 3 days in bed, soaking up reality television. She found the experience to be totally hypnotizing.
• The videotape sequences were shot by Nicole Kidman in character.

Character’s Quotes

• You’re not anybody in America unless you’re on TV. On TV is where we learn about who we really are. Because what’s the point of doing anything worthwhile if nobody’s watching? And if people are watching, it makes you a better person.
• I think if you wanted a babysitter, you should marry Mary Poppins
• Well, you grow up, you know? You think it’s all gonna be like a fairytale. Like you’re Sleeping Beauty, and along comes this Prince Charming, and he looks at you, and it’s night time, and he smiles at you and kisses you. […] And then… then you wake up… and it’s daylight… and you look at him. It’s just when you work all day, trying to perfect yourself and create something meaningful, you expect some support. Does anyone ever say “Did you have a good shoot today?” or “How’s the editing going?” or *anything* of that nature?
• It’s nice to live in a country where life, liberty… and all the rest of it still stand for something.

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