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To Die For (1994)

A twenty-something drag queen dies of A.I.D.S., but when his adoring ghost returns to the side of his surviving lover, he finds his lover doesn't exactly miss him.

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Johnny Byrne (screenplay), Peter Mackenzie Litten (story) (as Peter Litten) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Williams Ian Williams ... Mark
Thomas Arklie Thomas Arklie ... Simon
Gordon Alexander ... Drop Dead Gorgeous (as Gordon Milne)
Dillie Keane Dillie Keane ... Siobhan
Nicholas Harrison Nicholas Harrison ... Siobhan's First Lover
Ian McKellen ... Quilt Documentary Narrator (voice)
Sinitta ... Quilt Documentary Narrator (voice)
Caroline Munro ... Mrs. Pignon
John Altman ... Dogger
Paul Cottingham Paul Cottingham ... 1st Poxy Shirt Lifter
Lloyd T. Williams Lloyd T. Williams ... Bodybuilder (as Lloyd Williams)
Robert Sturtz Robert Sturtz ... Chris
Benjamin Sterz Benjamin Sterz ... Man in Gym
Tony Slattery ... Terry
Brian Carter Brian Carter ... Leather Man
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Storyline

Simon and Mark live together in London. When Mark dies of AIDS, Simon gets on with his life rather quickly - too quickly to suit Mark, whose ghost reappears to disrupt Simon's cruising, moving back into their flat to prompt Simon to experience and express feelings. Simon is adamant that feelings, especially love, are not for him. Subplots develop as Mark and Simon observe their neighbor Siobhan's love life and as Simon spends his days as a satellite-TV installer partnered with Dogger, a homophobe ignorant that Simon is gay. Is there any key that can unlock Simon's feelings and allow Mark to rest in peace? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The Hit British Gay Comedy About Cruising... In The Afterlife!

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 1994 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Agapi pou skotonei See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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When Simon visits the hospital to pick up Mark's personal effects, behind the nurse is a poster for London Lighthouse, one of the production companies which produced this film. See more »

Quotes

Mark: You don't love me. You never really did. I might as well be dead for all you care.
Simon: Mark, you ARE dead.
Mark: Trust you to nitpick!
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Crazy Credits

The producers would like to express their gratitude to all the cast, crew and many suppliers whose financial support made this production possible. See more »

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So Macho
performed by Sinitta
words and music by George Hargreaves
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Deeply moving and funny, if bizarre. Terrific performances.
7 February 2006 | by GrowlytedSee all my reviews

I've always been fascinated by films dealing with the afterlife, ranging from "A Matter of life and Death" to "City of Angels". Like those, romance has a central part to play here. Mark is a hopeless romantic, HIV positive & is obsessed with death and remembrance. He is indulgent of his partner, Simon's, desire to sleep with other men. Simon has a troubled background and has locked away his emotions. However when Mark dies, failing to reach heaven, he haunts Simon in a possessive manner. This leads to comical and embarrassing situations. More humour is provided by their drunken neighbour and her inept, politically correct, fiancée. It also forces both lovers to re-evaluate their relationship, with highly emotional scenes. (So avoid if you're not into sentiment.) I loved the ending, which made me cry. Both actors are fantastic. Fans of these themes will not be disappointed.


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