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Dressed to Kill -- A psycho-killer stalks two New York City women--one a frustrated housewife, the other a street -smart hooker who teams up with the first woman's son to trap the murderer. The film reaches a shocking climax when the slayer's real identity is revealed.
Dressed to Kill -- Clip: The Attack
Dressed to Kill -- Clip: Elevator Ride
Dressed to Kill -- Clip: I Shouldn't Have Been So Rude
Dressed to Kill -- A group of thugs chase Liz from one cabin to the next while riding the metro.


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Release Date:
25 July 1980 (USA) See more »
The latest fashion in murder. See more »
A mysterious blonde woman kills one of a psychiatrist's patients, and then goes after the high-class call girl who witnessed the murder. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 9 nominations See more »
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Sleazy, Predictable But Very Entertaining See more (188 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Caine ... Doctor Robert Elliott

Angie Dickinson ... Kate Miller

Nancy Allen ... Liz Blake

Keith Gordon ... Peter Miller

Dennis Franz ... Detective Marino

David Margulies ... Dr. Levy
Ken Baker ... Warren Lockman
Susanna Clemm ... Betty Luce

Brandon Maggart ... Cleveland Sam
Amalie Collier ... Cleaning Woman
Mary Davenport ... Woman in Restaurant
Anneka Di Lorenzo ... Nurse (as Anneka De Lorenzo)
Norman Evans ... Ted
Robbie L. McDermott ... Man in Shower
Bill Randolph ... Chase Cabbie
Sean O'Rinn ... Museum Cabbie
Fred Weber ... Mike Miller
Samm-Art Williams ... Subway Cop
Robert Lee Rush ... Hood #1
Anthony Boyd Scriven ... Hood #2
Robert McDuffie ... Hood #3
Frederick Sanders ... Hood #4
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

William Finley ... Bobbi (voice) (uncredited)
Wendell Hauser ... (uncredited)
Erika Katz ... Girl in Elevator (uncredited)

Mark Margolis ... Patient at Bellvue Hospital (uncredited)
Lisa Peluso ... Museum Girl (uncredited)
Jerry Schram ... Building Tenant (uncredited)

Directed by
Brian De Palma 
Writing credits
Brian De Palma (written by)

Produced by
Fred C. Caruso .... associate producer (as Fred Caruso)
George Litto .... producer
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Pino Donaggio 
Cinematography by
Ralf D. Bode (director of photography) (as Ralf Bode)
Film Editing by
Gerald B. Greenberg  (as Jerry Greenberg)
Casting by
Vic Ramos 
Art Direction by
Gary Weist 
Set Decoration by
Gary J. Brink  (as Gary Brink)
Costume Design by
Gary Jones 
Ann Roth 
Makeup Department
Joe Cranzano .... makeup artist (as Joseph Cranzano)
Bob Grimaldi .... hair stylist (as Robert Grimaldi)
Robert Laden .... special makeup artist
Tony Lloyd .... makeup artist: Mr. Caine (as Anthony Lloyd)
Production Management
Fred C. Caruso .... production manager (as Fred Caruso)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Eustace .... second assistant director
Paula Mazur .... dga trainee
Michael Rauch .... assistant director
Robert Rothbard .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Gilbert Gertsen .... chief carpenter (as Gilbert Gertson)
William Kane .... property master
William Lowry .... construction grip
Ernest W. Southern .... scenic chargeman (as Ernie Southern)
Paul J. Wilson .... prop man
Sound Department
Ed Abele .... boom operator
John H. Bolz .... sound mixer (as John Bolz)
Peter Ilardi .... sound recordist
Lowell Mate .... assistant sound editor
Michael Moyse .... sound editor
Dan Sable .... supervising sound editor
Dick Vorisek .... sound re-recording supervisor
Jean Fraser Wardle .... assistant sound editor (as Jean Wardle)
Randall Coleman .... apprentice sound editor (uncredited)
Victor Magnotta .... stunt coordinator (as Vic Magnotta)
BJ Davis .... stunt double: Michael Caine (uncredited)
Steve James .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Holly Bower .... still photographer
Marc Hirschfeld .... assistant camera
Jack Kennedy .... dolly grip
Ed Quinn .... key grip
Michael Stone .... camera operator
David Wagreich .... second assistant camera
James C. Walsh .... best boy (as James Walsh)
William Ward .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Greg Fauss .... costumer: men
Alba Schipari .... costumer: women
Editorial Department
Ray Hubley .... assistant editor
Maria Iano .... assistant editor
Bill Pankow .... associate editor
Wende Phifer Mate .... assistant editor (as Wende Phifer)
Music Department
Todd Kasow .... music editor
Natale Massara .... conductor
John Moses .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Tom O'Brien .... transportation captain (as Thomas O'Brien)
Patrick Hogan .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... presenter
Edward Crocitto .... location coordinator (as Ed Crocitto)
Jean De Niro .... production assistant
Gary Hill .... assistant: Mr. DePalma
Sam Irvin .... assistant: Mr. DePalma
Gail Kearns .... assistant: Mr. Litto
Shirley Marcus .... production office coordinator
Danny Matalon .... production assistant
Martha Pinson .... script supervisor
Curtis Sayblack .... auditor (as Curtiss Sayblack)
Jeffrey Silver .... location manager
Rachel Ticotin .... production assistant
Joy Glaccum .... stand-in: Angie Dickinson and Michael Caine (uncredited)
Victoria Johnson .... body double: Angie Dickinson (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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105 min | USA:104 min (R-rated version)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Australia:MA (Cable TV rating) | Brazil:14 | Canada:R | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (1996) | Finland:K-18 (cut) (1980) | France:16 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2013) | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM18 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 (1981) | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:R21 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating) (1986) (1990) (2002) | USA:X | USA:R (cut) | West Germany:18 (original rating)

Did You Know?

The flirtatious sequence with Angie Dickinson and the mystery man in the museum lasts almost 9 minutes, during which time no dialogue whatsoever is spoken.See more »
Continuity: After Liz grabs the razor that Elliot drops in the elevator, she begins to running toward the screaming housekeeper, with her purse left on the ground in front of the elevator door. As Liz leaves from the apartment door the housekeeper goes into, her purse now appears over her arm.See more »
[last lines]
Peter Miller:Look, Liz, I've got to get home and get to work.
Liz Blake:Gee, I'm gonna miss having you on my tail. You made me feel kind of safe.
Peter Miller:Want to come home with me? I'd love the company.
Liz Blake:Wouldn't Mike mind?
Peter Miller:Mike's out of town on a business trip. We've got plenty of room.
Liz Blake:Great. I could sure use the vacation.
Peter Miller:Good, good. I'll get the check.
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47 out of 72 people found the following review useful.
Sleazy, Predictable But Very Entertaining, 31 October 2005
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

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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