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Kill Me Later

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Director  Dana Lustig
Initial DVD release  December 25, 2001
6.3/10 IMDb

Genre  Crime, Drama, Thriller
Music director  Tal Bergman, Renato Neto
Country  United States
Kill Me Later movie poster
Release date  September 14, 2001 (2001-09-14)
Writer  Dana Lustig (story), Annette Goliti Gutierrez (story), Annette Goliti Gutierrez (screenplay), Maria Ripoll (short film "Kill Me Later")
Cast  Selma Blair (Shawn Holloway), Max Beesley (Charlie Anders), O'Neal Compton (Agent McGinley), Lochlyn Munro (Agent Reed)
Similar movies  Two Days (2003), Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself (2002), Just Before I Go (2014), Goodbye Solo (2008), The Good Girl (2002)
Tagline  Not every hostage wants to be saved!

A thief (Max Beesley) takes a bank teller (Selma Blair) hostage just before her attempt to commit suicide.


Kill Me Later is a 2001 film directed by Dana Lustig and starring Selma Blair and Max Beesley; it also features Brendan Fehr and Keegan Connor Tracy.

Her goldfish dead, her lover exposed as a rat, Shawn Holloway leaves her bank post and goes to the roof intent on suicide. Before she can leap, she's taken hostage by Charlie Anders, a fleeing bank robber. He and his partners have stolen a million in cash and plan to escape to Venezuela. Shawn agrees to cooperate if Charlie promises to kill her once he's in the clear. Parts of the plan go awry, so Charlie has time to try to pierce her bleak manner and self pity, and she has time for reflection. As night falls, their interlude ends: they're each alone, Charlie facing prison as the police close in, and Shawn staring down at a river from atop a high bridge.


Blair plays Shawn, a suicidal loan officer at a bank. She is having an affair with the bank vice-president, who is married; after discovering that his wife is pregnant, she goes to the roof to kill herself. In the meantime bank robbers hijack an armored car. When the police arrive to break up the robbery, one of the robbers, Charlie Anders (played by Beesley), takes Shawn hostage.

They make a deal: she will help him escape if he promises to kill her afterwards. As poetic justice, the bank vice-president was a collaborator in the robbery but is arrested.

The film begins at the moment when Shawn and Charlie jump into the water, then jumps back to 24 hours earlier. In the scenes when Charlie and Shawn are hiding out near his boat, you can see the clock moving backwards.


Two detectives, young Agent Reed, played by Lochlyn Munro, and the older Agent McGinley, played by ONeal Compton, are trying to solve the case. McGinleys wife keeps calling to nag. Reed is extremely knowledgeable about suicide because his sister killed herself.

Two robbers: young Billy, played by Brendan Fehr, and the older Jason Thompson, played by Tom Heaton. Thompson is expecting to die, either from a life of debauchery or a bad prostate.


A large number of filter effects, shutter effects, and jump cuts are used to make long dialogue scenes (particularly between the two cop and between the two lovers) more visually interesting. The audio itself on both is done as a single long take.

Dana Lustig, the director, makes an on screen appearance as Shawns stepmother.

It was filmed in Canada.


Kill Me Later???s main theme song was "The Old Fashioned Way" by the New York-based band Luna. Oher artists on the soundtrack include Yve Adam and Paul Christian Gordon.

Luna - The Old Fashioned Way

Blue Flannel - Havin a Bad Day

The Geraldine Fibbers - House is Falling

Danny Lerman - Eilat

Hal Ketchum - Shes Still in Dallas

Danny Lerman - For Now Youre Just a Dream

Yeghish Manoukian - Following the Banks of the Arax River

Yve Adam - Fiction

Camillia - Streets

Remo - Growing A Way

Paul Christian Gordon - Shady


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