A KISS IS STILL A KISS

AND DAVID CARUSO IS NO IMPROVEMENT ON VICTOR MATURE IN A REMADE--BUT NOT REINVENTED--VERSION OF A FILM-NOIR CLASSIC

ACCORDING TO DIRECTOR BARBET Schroeder, by the time he started shooting his remake of Kiss of Death, "only the title and one plot point remained" from the 1947 original. Sure.

According to some impressionable reviewers, David Caruso, late of NYPD Blue, made the right decision when he quit the hit abc show to play leads in the movies. He is, they say, an authentic star. Yeah, right.

Don't you get tired of being treated as if you were born yesterday? The fashionable novelist Richard Price has done a reasonably good job of slipcovering the source of this remake's screenplay, and Schroeder...

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