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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

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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 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 »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 9 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(323 articles)
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Oozing with style, but completely lacking in substance See more (190 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
Adam Kimmel .... camera apprentice (uncredited)
 
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 (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:
The scene in which Dr. Levy (David Margules) explains that Dr. Elliott ( Michael Caine) is a transsexual is a reference to a scene in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: After Kate Miller (Angie Dickinson) has been attacked with the razor in the elevator, the first close-up of her face shows the blood already dried, which would be impossible if the attack had just taken place.See more »
Quotes:
Liz Blake:I'm sorry, am I bothering you?
Hood #1:Naw, you ain't bothering me.
Hood #2:But you're bothering ME.
Hood #1:You say she's bothering you?
Hood #2:That's right, this bitch is bothering me.
Hood #1:Well, what you gonna do 'bout that?
Hood #2:I'm gonna kick her ass.
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15 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Oozing with style, but completely lacking in substance, 11 March 2007
Author: ThrownMuse from The land of the Bunyips

A repressed housewife (an annoying lisping Angie Dickinson, whose body double treats/horrifies us with an extreme closeup of her delicates) is sexually bored by her husband and decides to branch-out. This directly results in a string of murders that soon involve a high-class prostitute (Nancy Allen, clearly I am in the wrong business if SHE can bring home $600 a night) and her psychologist (Michael Caine). If you are going to watch De Palma rip off (excuse me, "pay homage to") Hitchcock, watch "Sisters" instead of this. "Dressed to Kill," while loaded with style and technical skill, is one of the tackiest thrillers I have had the displeasure of sitting through. The plot is absurd and tired. It does feature some surprisingly effective jump scares and nasty graphic murder sequences that should please any horror fan, as long as they can get past the silly story line, that must have been dated even in 1980.

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