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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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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 & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
De Palma is in his element here. See more (186 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:
The exteriors of the museum scene were shot in New York. The interiors however, were shot in the Philadelphia Museum of Art (note the griffin logo on the map Angie Dickinson checks, it's their logo). The large gorilla painting that she views (called 'Reclining Nude') now resides in the office of the wholesale and retail operations manager of the museum.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The steps outside the Museum alternate between dry and wet.See more »
Quotes:
Bobbi:[on Elliott's answering machine] This is Bobbi. You won't see me anymore, so I thought I'd have a little session with your machine. Oh Doctor, I'm so unhappy. I'm a woman trapped inside a man's body - and you're not helping me to get out! So I got a new shrink, Levy's his name, he's gonna sign the papers so I can get my operation. Oh... I borrowed your razor... and - well, you'll read all about it. Some blonde bitch saw me, but I'll get her.See more »
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
De Palma is in his element here., 5 January 2013
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

"Dressed to Kill" is an intense, dreamy, erotically charged thriller, and clearly another of filmmaker Brian De Palma's homages to the works of Alfred Hitchcock. It manages the neat trick of being fairly classy and rather trashy at the same time, as De Palma brings all of his directing skill to bear. This may not be his best but it's certainly one of his most well known, thanks in no small part to the excellent star trio of Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, and Nancy Allen; Allen, of course, was married to De Palma at the time. Caine plays an eminent psychiatrist, Dr. Robert Elliott, and Dickinson portrays Kate Miller, one of his patients who's not getting any sexual fulfillment in her life. Unfortunately, once she is able to experience an afternoon of passion the satisfaction is short lived, as a tall, cold looking blonde woman in sunglasses and trenchcoat slashes her to death with a straight razor. (This has to rank as one of the scariest ever elevator rides captured on film.) A witness on the scene is high priced call girl Liz Blake (Allen), who's accused of the crime after stupidly picking up the murder weapon. So she ends up working with Kate's son Peter (Keith Gordon) to try to identify the woman, who Liz and Peter guess to be another of Elliott's patients. In the opening minutes of his film De Palma shows you what you're going to be in for, showing Dickinson pleasuring herself in the shower (intercutting shots of Dickinson with those of a body double) until a male stranger materializes behinds her and starts forcing himself on her. The combination of sex and danger is always stressed in this movie; as we will learn our killer has some severe psycho sexual problems. There are some highly memorable sequences, such as an extended seduction taking place inside an art museum, that being followed by a steamy coupling in the back of a cab. Other aspects that make it effective are Jerry Greenberg's editing (this was the man that cut "The French Connection", after all), Ralf Bode's widescreen cinematography, and Pino Donaggio's haunting music. The actors each get an impressive showcase; both Dickinson and Allen look amazing to boot. Included in the cast are Dennis Franz as the investigating detective, David Margulies as the psychiatrist who explains everything for us in the end in case we didn't already get it, William Finley who does some uncredited voice work, and Brandon Maggart in a brief bit as a john.Overall, the film has a definite ability to get under one's skin. It's often genuinely spooky and could easily shock more sensitive viewers due to the level of sexual frankness on display. While subtlety may be in short supply, it's hard to deny the ability of "Dressed to Kill" to manipulate us into a state of excitement and expectation. Eight out of 10.

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