DVD 96 mins IMDB 6.1 (3,161 votes)
I Love You to Death
Tri-Star Pictures (1990)
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(2005 )
Comedy, Crime
USA  /  English

Kevin Kline Joey Boca
Tracey Ullman Rosalie Boca
Joan Plowright Nadja
River Phoenix Devo Nod
William Hurt Harlan James
Keanu Reeves Marlon James
James Gammon Lieutenant Larry Schooner
Jack Kehler Sergeant Carlos Wiley
Victoria Jackson Lacey
Miriam Margolyes Joey's Mother
Alisan Porter Carla Boca
Jon Kasdan Dominic Boca
Heather Graham Bridget
Michelle Joyner Donna Joy
John Kostmayer Benny

Director Lawrence Kasdan
Producer Jeffrey Lurie; Ron Moler
Writer John Kostmayer
Cinematography Owen Roizman
Musician James Horner
User Credit 1 Anne V. Coates
User Credit 2 Aggie Guerard Rodgers

Lawrence Kasdan's black comedy about a wife's ultimate revenge against her womanizing husband is based on a true story about the wife of a pizzeria owner who decided to kill her cheating husband. When her attempt to murder him failed, the husband refused to press charges against her because he felt she had done the right thing. Kevin Kline is the pizzeria owner Joey Boca in I Love You to Death. Joey is a smooth Italian lothario, modeled after Marcello Mastroianni, who cheerfully dons his plumbers overalls to repair his female tenants' plumbing in the rental apartments the family owns. Joey feels he is justified in bedding down countless numbers of women because of all the hours he puts in day after day at the pizzeria. Plus, as he tells one of his women friends, "I'm a man. I got a lotta hormones in my body." His wife Rosalie (Tracey Ullman) sweetly ignores her husband's philandering — that is until she visits the public library and sees Joey fondling one of tenants in the book stacks. At first Rosalie considers suicide, but finally, egged on by her mother Nadja (Joan Plowright), she determines that Joey must be the one to face the music. But the people Rosalie hires to do Joey in are of the cut-rate variety and are unsuccessful. They then try to knock Joey off by feeding him barbiturate-laced spaghetti, but also to no avail. Rosalie then enlists pizzeria employee Deco Nod (River Phoenix), who has a crush on Rosalie, to do the job. But even then, they have no luck. As a last resort, they try to hire professionals. What they get instead are two drugged-out junkies — Harlan (William Hurt) and Marlin (Keanu Reeves) — who arrive at the home and blast at a slumbering figure in the bedroom. Then, while they report on their progress downstairs, Joey ambles into the living room, very much alive. — Paul Brenner

Edition Details
Barcode 043396103399
Region Region 1
Chapters 28
Release Date 10/5/2004
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Standard 1.33:1 Color
Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
Subtitles Chinese; English; French; Portuguese; Spanish; Thai
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Color Closed-captioned Widescreen
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User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 2 With These People Trying To Kill Him, Joey Boca May Just Live Forever
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Trivia: Loosely based on the true story of Frances Toto and her four unsucessful attempts to kill her cheating husband, Anthony Toto, in Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1984. Anthony spent four days in bed after being drugged and shot by Frances and her friends; who spent four years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted murder. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: When Rosalie, Nadja and Devo go out of prison and meet Joey, a clock can be seen on the wall behind them which skips from 10.45 a.m. to 10.40 a.m. (more)

[Discussing hiring a hit man to kill Joey]
Devo Nod: How much can we pay?
Rosalie Boca: "As much as we have to."
[Rosalie exits]
Nadja: Yeah, you know, not too much. Try for discount.