"What I believe, Mr. Baker, is that this is all far from over."
- Roman Strauss (Kenneth Branagh) to Gray Baker (Andy Garcia)
New York Times - 08/23/1991
"...A big, convoluted, entertainingly dizzy romantic mystery melodrama....Another coup de cinéma for [Branagh]..."
USA Today - 08/23/1991
"...It's fun to see somebody revive the amnesia genre....[Thompson is] appealing in both of her roles..."
Los Angeles Times - 08/23/1991
"...A giddy whirling dervish of a movie that serves as a stylish and witty sonnet to the ghosts of Hollywood past..."
In Kenneth Branagh's stylish suspense film, Branagh stars as Mike Church, a Los Angeles detective who is drawn into the life of Grace (Emma Thompson), a woman with amnesia who is plagued by disturbing nightmares. Attempts to help her regain her memory bring them to Franklyn Madson (Derek Jacobi), a mysterious hypnotist who runs an antique shop. Under hypnosis, Grace claims that in a previous life she was Margaret Strauss, a concert pianist who was murdered by her jealous husband, Roman. Further sessions lead her to believe that Mike is actually Roman reincarnated and that the two are destined to re-create the murder. Mike must then attempt to solve two mysteries--the real identity of Grace and the true story behind a 40-year-old crime. Branagh's taut thriller also features Robin Williams, Andy Garcia, and Campbell Scott.
In DEAD AGAIN, an L.A. detective's humdrum life is shaken up by the appearance of a beautiful woman suffering from amnesia. Her memory returns in a series of increasingly violent flashbacks, some of which date back to a former life in which the detective was her possibly homicidal husband.