To make Sidney's slump all the more painful, Clifford Anderson, a student of one of Sidney's writing seminars, has recently sent his mentor a copy of his first attempt at playwrighting for Sidney's review and advice. The play, "Deathtrap," is a five character, two act thriller so perfect in its construction that, as Sidney says, "A gifted director couldn't even hurt it." Using his penchant for plot, and out of his desperate desire to once again be the toast of Broadway, Sidney, along with Myra, cook up an almost unthinkable scheme: They'll lure the would-be playwright to the Bruhl home, kill him, and market the sure-fire script as Sidney's own. But shortly after Clifford arrives, it's clear that things are not what they seem! Indeed, even Helga Ten Dorp, a nosey psychic from next door, and Porter Milgram, Sidney's observant attorney, can only speculate where the line between truth and deception lies. Written by
Craig C. Bailey
When a man has murder on his mind be sure you don't fall into a...Deathtrap. [Video]
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Did You Know?
Some people confuse this movie as being a remake of Sleuth
(1972) where Michael Caine
gets to play the Laurence Olivier
role with Christopher Reeve
playing Caine's role from that movie. It can be said that the Michael Caine
's part of Sidney Bruhl in this film is similar to Olivier's role in Sleuth (1972)_. This movie is not a remake of Sleuth
(1972) but interestingly, twenty-five years after this film was made, Michael Caine
did actually appear in a remake of Sleuth
(1972). The Sleuth
(2007) remake had the same title and actually really did have Caine playing the Olivier role from the original Sleuth
(1972). See more
When Sidney has the Deathtrap script and threatens to throw it into the fireplace, the fire isn't lit. See more
[the actor on stage delivers an unintelligible line
First Audience Member
It's the worst play I've ever seen.
Second Audience Member
I can't believe Sidney Bruhl wrote it.
Murderous weapons by Eoin Sprott. See more