Death Becomes Her

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Two female rivals drink a magic potion from a beautiful enchantress that promises eternal youth. However, after they kill each other in their battle for the man they love, the potion revives them as the undead; and they are forced to maintain their deteriorating bodies forever.


  • Meryl Streep
  • Bruce Willis
  • Goldie Hawn
  • Isabella Rossellini
  • Ian Ogilvy
  • Adam Storke
  • Nancy Fish
  • Alaina Reed-Hall
  • Michelle Johnson
  • Mary Ellen Trainor

Did You Know?


  • During the description of the plot to kill Madeline, there was a quick shot of the folder being stamped "case closed" at a desk. Also on the desk was a brain in a glass jar labeled "abnormal" - a tribute to the original Frankenstein, or to the spoof Young Frankenstein (1974).
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  • When Lisle shows the potion to Ernest, she puts it on a small table. In one of the next shots, the position of the potion is different although she has not moved it since.
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    • [Helen has a gaping hole in her abdomen]
    • Madeline Ashton: You're a fraud, Helen! You're a walking lie and I can see right... THROUGH YOU!
    • [watch through the hole while laughing]
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Insistently grotesque, relentlessly misanthropic and spectacularly tasteless, Death Becomes Her isn't a film designed to win the hearts of the mass moviegoing public. But it is diabolically inventive and very, very funny.

Metacritic review by Dave Kehr
Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

Death Becomes Her may be crude and tasteless, but it's also irresistibly funny and very well played by Streep, Hawn and Willis -- each of whom suffered career disappointments of late, and each of whom shines in a role that casts them against type. [31 July 1992, p.D1]

Metacritic review by Edward Guthmann
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

This wildly black comedy says that in Hollywood, death becomes everyone. [03 Aug 1992]

Metacritic review by Jay Scott
Jay Scott
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)