The Man Who Wouldn't Die (1995 film)

The Man Who Wouldn't Die is a 1995 action mystery film by director Bill Condon. The film, which aired as a movie of the week during the May Sweeps in 1995, stars Roger Moore, Nancy Allen and Malcolm McDowell. Internationally, it received either a theatrical or direct-to-video release.[1]

The Man Who Wouldn't Die
Roger Moore and Nancy Allen in a scene from The Man Who Wouldn't Die.
Directed byBill Condon
Produced byMark Gordon
Bill Condon
Alan Barnette
Written byDon Shroll
David Amann
StarringRoger Moore
Nancy Allen
Malcolm McDowell
Eric McCormack
Music byDavid Shire
CinematographyStephen M. Katz
Edited byVirginia Katz
Distributed byUniversal
Release date
May 29, 1995
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States


In The Man Who Wouldn't Die art imitates life for Thomas Grace (Roger Moore), a famous British ex-novelist who wrote a series of acclaimed crime stories featuring a villain patterned after real-life criminal Bernard Drake (Malcolm McDowell). Now living in America, Grace works as a hack reporter for a city newspaper. After reading one of Grace's books, Jessie Gallardo (Nancy Allen), a waitress with burgeoning psychic abilities, predicts several murders—with Grace as one of the victims. Her visions identify the enemy as Drake, who has escaped from prison by faking his own death in a fire. As Drake sets out to frame the author for a series of grisly murders based around his novels, it is up to Thomas and Jessie to clear their names, stop him, and stay alive in the process. Eric McCormack co-stars as a doubtful newspaper colleague.[2]



Why aren't there more TV movies with the same dark sense of fun as this one? Take one crime novelist, have him meet a waitress (who is also a medium) and have her announce that the supposedly dead villain on whom he based one of his characters is not only very much alive, but is busy re-enacting the killings his monarchy-mad murderer perpetrated on the page. Cracking stuff, directed at full tilt by Bill Condon and with splendidly hammy performances from Roger Moore, Malcolm McDowell and Nancy Allen. This is surely worth an hour and a half of anyone's time.[3]

The Youngstown Vindicator said the film was "thoroughly enjoyable" and "as polished and as surprising as any good mystery drama can provide".[4]


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