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"Kiss the Girls"

"Kiss the Girls", is the chiller thriller of our times, it grabs you by the seat of your pants and never let's you go. Your heart is in your throat, your nails are all gone and your fingers have turned to nubbins. You bought a whole theatre seat only to find out you only needed the edge of it, because Gary Fleder has directed this like it's happening to you right now. He rivets suspense like a dripping faucet that is not going to get fixed until all the water dries up. He leaves you limp and dripping wet.

Morgan Freeman's performance, as a detective searching for a deadly collector of women, is the top-notch performance of the year. You are running for your life through the woods, through your eyes, through a mind scared out of your wits, by psychological twists. Ashley Judd is an excellent match, and between the two gives us enough, thrills, spills and chills to realize that their indelible performances can only come from deep pockets of talent with some left over to still explore.

The plantations' slave cellars where the girls are kept are indeed ingenious. It only offers more intrigue to the story, which is based on the James Patterson's novel. I couldn't help but remember the old Terence Stamp movie "The Collector". The premise is reminiscent of it only on a broader scale.

The stars have excellent support from the rest of the cast, Cary Elwes, Alex McArthur, Tony Goldwyn and Jay O.Sanders

The screenplay by David Klass has some of the freshest dialogue ever heard on the screen; he localizes without beating you over the head. When the local yokel lawman tells the detective from up north to make himself at home, but don't mess around too much in the kitchen. You know you're down home. The film is edited by William Steinkamp and Harvey Rosenstock. This is really a plus to Aaron Schneider's spine-tingling photography. The music by Mark Isham is that of a musical artist that enhances rather than distracts.

Make a "U-turn" from Oliver Stone's flick and come to where the real thrills are in "Kiss The Girls", you'll find out what a real smooch is.

Kiss the Girls
Paramount Pictures
Produced by: David Brown, Jow Wizan
Directed by: Gary Fleder
With: Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd
Also with: Cary Elwes, Tony Goldwyn, Jay O.Sanders, Bill Nunn, Brian Cox, Alex McArthur, Richard T. Jones, Jeremy Piven, William Converse-Roberts, Gina Ravera
Screenplay by: David Klass
Edited by: William Steinkamp, Harvey Rosenstock
Director of Photography: Aaron Schneider
Music by: Mark Isham
Rated: R
Open: 3 October 1997
Kiss The Girls
Author: James Patterson
Novel published by: Warner Paperback

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Original Date Sunday 5 October 1997
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