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The book has been filmed twice. The first, made in 1956, stars Robert Wagner as Bud, Virginia Leith as Ellen, and JoanneWoodward as Dorothy. This version [[AdaptedOut eliminates]] the third sister Marion.

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The book has been filmed twice. The first, made in 1956, stars Robert Wagner Creator/RobertWagner as Bud, Virginia Leith as Ellen, and JoanneWoodward Creator/JoanneWoodward as Dorothy. This version [[AdaptedOut eliminates]] the third sister Marion.

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* AMinorKidroduction: The film begins with Jonathan as a boy looking out the window, watching the Carlsson trains pass his house, already showing his obsession with the family.


%%* BlackBestFriend: Ellen has one.


The second, made in 1991, is completely different, though it eliminates the third sister as well. Matt Dillon plays Jonathan Corliss and Creator/SeanYoung plays twins Ellen and Dorothy Carlsson. In this version, Dorothy is killed by Jonathan during the first few minutes of the film, and at the end, Jonathan is run over by a train after Ellen learns the truth.

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The second, made in 1991, is completely different, though it eliminates the third sister as well. Matt Dillon Creator/MattDillon plays Jonathan Corliss and Creator/SeanYoung plays twins Ellen and Dorothy Carlsson. In this version, Dorothy is killed by Jonathan during the first few minutes of the film, and at the end, Jonathan is run over by a train after Ellen learns the truth.

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* ImprobableHairstyle: Ellen dyes her hair blonde and washes it out back to her natural brunette within a few hours.


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* BlackBestFriend: Ellen has one.

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* %%* BlackBestFriend: Ellen has one.



* ShowerOfLove: Jonathan and Ellen.
* TheSociopath: Jonathan, also hands down.

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* %%* ShowerOfLove: Jonathan and Ellen.
* %%* TheSociopath: Jonathan, also hands down.

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* HalfwayPlotSwitch: In the novel, the POV is switched twice; the first third is from Bud's POV, the second from Ellen's, and the third from Marion's. It's especially effective if you haven't seen either film, because even though Bud is clearly the killer in the first part, his name isn't actually revealed until the end of the second.

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* JoggersFindDeath: A woman walking her dog finds Patricia Faring's remains.

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* DeadStarWalking: Subverted. Sean Young's character Dorrie gets murdered minutes into the film, but the actress returns as Dorrie's twin Ellen.


* GoldDigger[=/=]SocialClimber: Jonathan. Too the point where he's willing to essentially murder his unborn child because he knows that Dorothy's father will disown her for her out-of-wedlock pregnancy and detail his plans to get his hands on the Carlsson money.

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* GoldDigger[=/=]SocialClimber: Jonathan. Too To the point where he's willing to essentially murder his unborn child because he knows that Dorothy's father will disown her for her out-of-wedlock pregnancy and detail derail his plans to get his hands on the Carlsson money.

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* BlackBestFriend: Ellen has one.


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* ImperiledInPregnancy: Jonathan kills Dorothy specifically because she's pregnant, knowing that her father will disown her and deprive him of the chance to get his hands on her money.


* {{Bookends}}: The film begins with Jonathan as a boy staring out of his window at the Carlsson freight trains passing, obviously fueling his obsession with marrying into the family. It ends with him chasing Ellen on to those same tracks--and being hit by one of those trains.

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* {{Bookends}}: The 1991 film begins with Jonathan as a boy staring out of his window at the Carlsson freight trains passing, obviously fueling his obsession with marrying into the family. It ends with him chasing Ellen on to those same tracks--and being hit by one of those trains.



* RailroadTracksOfDoom: How Jonathan meets his demise.

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* RailroadTracksOfDoom: How Jonathan meets his demise.demise in the 1991 film.

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* RoomFullOfCrazy: After killing Dorothy, Jonathan goes home and takes out a scrapbook full of clippings on the Carlsson family, showing he's been obsessed with the family for years.


* {{Bookends}}: The film begins with Jonathan as a boy staring out of his window at the Carlsson freight trains passing, obviously fueling his obsession with marrying into the family. It ends with him chasing Ellen on to those same tracks--and being hit by one of those trains.



* ConvictionByCounterfactualClue: Aside from the fact that she wasn't known to be suicidal, Ellen is convinced that Dorothy didn't kill herself because she had just bought a new outfit. TruthInTelevision--most people planning to kill themselves generally don't do something like this.



* DefiledForever: Thor has a rather callous reaction to Dorothy's death upon discovering that she was pregnant out of wedlock. His, Dorothy's, and Jonathan's comments indicate that he would have disowned her.
* FakingTheDead: Poor Jonathan's mother has spent the past several years assuming that her son killed himself after his car and clothes were found at the [[SuicideBySea beach.]]



* GoldDigger[=/=]SocialClimber: Jonathan.

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* GoldDigger[=/=]SocialClimber: Jonathan. Too the point where he's willing to essentially murder his unborn child because he knows that Dorothy's father will disown her for her out-of-wedlock pregnancy and detail his plans to get his hands on the Carlsson money.


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* WouldHitAGirl: Jonathan kills Dorothy, Patricia, and tries kill Ellen.


''A Kiss Before Dying'' is a 1953 novel written by Ira Levin. The book is about a young man named Bud Corliss who meets Dorothy Kingship, the daughter of a wealthy copper tycoon. Once she finds out she's pregnant with his child, Bud kills Dorothy and makes it look like a suicide. He then hooks up with Dorothy's sister Ellen. When Ellen finds out that he murdered Dorothy, Bud kills Ellen. He then dates the last of the sisters, Marion. Bud's deception is eventually revealed and falls to his death into a vat of molten copper.

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''A Kiss Before Dying'' is a 1953 novel written by Ira Levin.Creator/IraLevin. The book is about a young man named Bud Corliss who meets Dorothy Kingship, the daughter of a wealthy copper tycoon. Once she finds out she's pregnant with his child, Bud kills Dorothy and makes it look like a suicide. He then hooks up with Dorothy's sister Ellen. When Ellen finds out that he murdered Dorothy, Bud kills Ellen. He then dates the last of the sisters, Marion. Bud's deception is eventually revealed and falls to his death into a vat of molten copper.

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