Death Becomes Her

Death Becomes Her is a comedy about love, death, jealousy and the quest for eternal youth. A plastic surgeon, Dr. Ernest Menville, is introduced to Madeline, a young starlet, by Helen, his fiance'. Ernest becomes immediately smitten with Madeline and dumps Helen. Ernest and Madeline are married and Helen turns into a very fat, vindictive woman. Helen goes through extensive therapy and 14 years later reappears on the scene as a very successful writer. Helen sends Madeline and Ernest an invitation to a party for the signing of her new book, "Forever Young". When they arrive at the party they are astonished at Helen's appearance. She is absolutely beautiful...and so young looking. Madeline is extremely upset at how well Helen has aged and goes to her beauty salon for an "overhaul". While there, she is given a card of a woman that may be able to help her in her quest for a youthful look. Madeline goes to visit the mysterious woman and pays top dollar for a potion. This potion makes Madeline instantly young. After she takes the potion the woman informs her that she will now be "forever young" as nothing will ever be able to harm her. In the meantime Helen, who has had the sinister plan of disposing of Madeline in her head for years, goes to Ernest and convinces him that he made a mistake by marrying Madeline and that they must kill her to get her out of their lives. When Madeline returns home from her very happy visit to the mystery woman, Helen's plan is set into motion. We follow this trio through their hilarious escapades and mishaps as each of them tries to rid themselves of the other.

  • Starring: Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep
  • Director(s): Robert Zemeckis
  • Producer(s): Universal Pictures
  • Screenwriter(s): Martin Donovan, David Koepp
  • Distributor: Universal City Studios
  • Animal Coordinator: Unknown
  • Release Date: Tuesday, June 16, 1992
  • Rating: Acceptable

Featured Animal Action

In one scene Ernest has been taken to the mystery woman's house against his will. When he tries to sneak away he is met in the hallway by two Dobermans. The Dobermans chase Ernest down the hall and grab ahold of his jacket, pulling it off of him, as he escapes over a tall fence. To accomplish this, one of the dog's cotton toys had been placed in the lining of the actor's coat. The dogs where given hand and verbal commands by their trainer, who was out of camera range, to run and retrieve the toy. They were given food as a reward. Other animal action is simple. The Dobermans are seen either lying down or sitting in two other scenes and Helen's cats are seen eating, playing, being petted or sleeping.