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Dressed to Kill (1980)

 -  Mystery | Thriller  -  25 July 1980 (USA)
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A mysterious, tall blonde woman murders one of a psychiatrist's patients, and then goes after the high class call girl who witnessed the murder.

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While taking a shower, Kate Miller, a middle-aged, sexually frustrated New York housewife, has a rape fantasy while her husband stands at the sink shaving. Later that day, after complaining to her psychiatrist Dr. Robert Elliott about her husband's pathetic performance in bed, she meets a strange man at a museum and returns to his apartment where they continue an adulterous encounter that began in the taxicab. Before she leaves his apartment, she finds papers which certify that the man has a venereal disease. Panicked, Kate rushes into the elevator, but has to return to his apartment when she realizes she's forgotten her wedding ring. When the elevator doors open, she's brutally slashed to death by a tall blonde woman wearing dark glasses. Liz Blake, a high-priced call girl, is the only witness to the murder and she becomes the prime suspect and the murderess's next target. Liz is rescued from being killed by Kate's son Peter, who enlists the help of Liz to catch his mother's killer ... Written by alfiehitchie

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25 July 1980 (USA)  »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)

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$31,899,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Angie Dickinson said the scene where her character gets seduced in the back of a cab was filmed on location in New York, where several gawkers observed the scene and shouted, "Right on, Police Woman!" (referring to her previous TV role). See more »

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Liz Blake: Do you want to fuck me?
Doctor Robert Elliott: Oh, yes.
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Doctor Robert Elliott: Because I'm a doctor and...
Liz Blake: Fucked a lot of doctors.
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Liz Blake: Fucked a lot of them, too.
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Sleazy, Predictable But Very Entertaining
31 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A great suspense movie with terrific slow camera-work adding to the dramatics makes this a treat to watch and enjoy. Director-writer Brian de Palma does a super Hitchcock-imitation (many called it a "ripoff") with this film and the 2.35:1 widescreen DVD is a must to fully appreciate the camera-work (and several scenes with people hiding on each side which are lost on formatted-for-TV tapes).

The downside of the movie, at least to anyone that has some kind of moral standard, is the general sleaziness of all the characters, including the policeman played by a pre-NYPD Dennis Franz (who has hair here!).

The opening scene is still shocking with a fairly long shower scene of Angie Dickinson that is quite explicit, even 25 years after its release. The film has several erotic scenes in it as Dickinson (if that is really her on the closeups) and Nancy Allen are not shy about showing their bodies.

There is not much dialog in the first 20 minutes and no bad language until Franz enters the picture after the murder. The first 36 minutes are riveting and even though it's apparent who the killer is, it's still very good suspense and fun to watch all the way through, particularly for males ogling the naked women.


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