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'Kiss of Death'

April 07, 1996|Kenneth Turan

Directed by Barbet Schroeder and starring David Caruso, (pictured, left), "Kiss" depicts fallible characters whipsawed by pitiless antagonists on both sides of the law. Caruso's ex-con gets sucked into the dark heart of amorality where it's difficult to tell the criminals from the crusaders. Everyone wants something from him, from an ambitious D.A. to a relentless cop to a mesmerizing crown prince of crime, played by Nicolas Cage (also pictured). As "NYPD Blue" proved, Caruso knows how to make you care, and that ability has survived intact on the big screen, even in this remake (HBO Saturday at 8 p.m.).

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