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Dressed to Kill -- A group of thugs chase Liz from one cabin to the next while riding the metro.
Dressed to Kill -- Liz confesses to doctor Robert that she's a hooker.

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Director:
Writer:
Brian De Palma (written by)
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Release Date:
25 July 1980 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Latest Fashion In Murder See more »
Plot:
A tall blonde woman wearing dark sunglasses murders one of a psychiatrist's patients, and then goes after the high-class call girl who witnessed the murder. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
It's a rip-off, but a stylish and mostly enjoyable one. See more (180 total) »

Cast

  (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)
 
Stunts
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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Runtime:
105 min | USA:104 min (R-rated version)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
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)

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Trivia:
Brian De Palma specifically wrote the part of Liz Blake for his then wife Nancy Allen to play.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Kate Miller:Maybe there's something wrong with me.
Doctor Robert Elliott:There's nothing wrong with you.
Kate Miller:Do you find me attractive?
Doctor Robert Elliott:Of course.
Kate Miller:Would you want to sleep with me?
Doctor Robert Elliott:Yes.
Kate Miller:Then why don't you?
Doctor Robert Elliott:Because I love my wife, and sleeping with you isn't worth jeopardizing my marriage. Is it worth it to you?
Kate Miller:I don't know.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in My Best Friend's Birthday (1987)See more »

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22 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
It's a rip-off, but a stylish and mostly enjoyable one., 25 July 2003
Author: Li-1

** 1/2 out of ****

Director Brian De Palma has never helmed a truly original film his entire career, but let's face it, he's just as good as anybody else when it comes to crafting palpable suspense, and it's this talent of his that makes his more blatant rip-offs immensely watchable. Dressed to Kill is one such example. Taking a few cues from Alfred Hitchcock, it's an erotic thriller that (mostly) emphasizes character and suspense over sleaze.

Angie Dickinson stars as Kate Miller, a sexually dissatisfied wife (though quite loving mother) who needs some things to spice up her personal life. She relates her problems to her psychiatrist, Dr. Robert Elliot (Michael Caine), to the point of almost prodding him to sleep with her, but he refuses. On a random day in an art museum, she encounters a mysterious man with whom she plays a little game of cat-and-mouse. Following him to a cab, they enage in a tryst inside the taxi, all the way to his apartment, where they proceed to go at it for several more hours. Then as she awakens to leave, she finds out through a little note by the health department he's got STD's! In a panicked state, she runs to the elevator, but is brutally murdered by a tall, blonde woman brandishing a razor blade. The rest of the film focuses on Miller's son, Peter (Keith Gordon), who teams up with a gold-hearted prostitute (Nancy Allen) to find his mother's killer.

Dressed to Kill doesn't get off to the best start. For the first half-hour, the sexual frustrations of this middle-aged woman are less than captivating, and until the elevator scene, this is a snoozer. But the remaining 2/3's or so of the picture is often first-rate entertainment, delivering an abundance of suspenseful moments and shocking violence.

The film improves drastically when it focuses on the relationship between Gordon and Allen. Both deliver good performances, and there's a non-sexual chemistry between them that works superbly. Too bad De Palma doesn't really focus on this interesting couple until the last half-hour.

The last five minutes are among the film's most suspenseful (and you get to see Allen naked!), though I think we're all in a little agreement when we say that the final shock is a bit gratuitous. Also excessive is the film's resemblance to a certain Hitchcock film. Even without that resemblance, though, Dressed to Kill would still have been predictable. I mean, come on, I knew the identity of the killer in a heartbeart. You'll figure it out just as fast, too.

Pino Dinaggio's score is chilling and among his better works. De Palma graces the screen with his usual camera work, there are a lot of uninterrupted shots and split-screens. A lot of people see Dressed to Kill as a "have safe sex" message, which I could kind of agree with, even though Dickinson's character would still have been offed in a horrible manner even without that tryst.

The first of De Palma's two erotic thrillers, Dressed to Kill happens to be the weaker of the two. Yeah, it's often suspenseful and entertaining, but Body Double stands out more, with better pacing, suspense, and direction. My advice, take a look at both and decide for yourself.

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