A Kiss Before Dying is a 1991 British-American neo-noir film. It was directed by James Dearden, and based on the eponymous novel by Ira Levin, whose book won the 1954 Edgar Award for "Best First Novel." The drama features Matt Dillon, Sean Young, Max von Sydow and Diane Ladd. Sometime in the past, a copper refinery owned by Thor Carlsson (Max von Sydow) has metal shipped out on Carlsson Copper trains that run right behind a young boy's house, who stares out forlornly at the tracks. 1987: The University of Pennsylvania. A blonde student, Dorothy Carlsson (Sean Young) doodles in her notebook during class, drawing herself being married to a suitor. After class, she changes into a more formal outfit, and runs into her friend Patricia Farren (Martha Gehman) on her way out. Patricia asks if she is going to meet her "mystery man", but Dorothy claims she is just going to meet her father for lunch.