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Deathtrap (1982)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Mystery  |  19 March 1982 (USA)
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A Broadway playwright puts murder in his plan to take credit for a student's script.

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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

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Join us for an evening of lively fun...and deadly games. [UK Theatrical] See more »


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Ira Levin's Deathtrap  »

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The original Broadway production of 'Deathtrap' by Ira Levin opened at the Music Box Theatre on 26 February 1978 with six preview from 21 Feb 1978. It played for almost four years there until 5 January 1982. The play then moved to the Biltmore Theatre on 7 January 1982 where it played for about another six months, until 13 June 1982, when it closed. In total, the play ran for a massive 1793 performances at both theatres combined. The play was nominated for four 1978 Tony Awards including Best Play, Best Direction, Best Featured Actor, and Best Featured Actress. The play though did not win any Tony Awards. The 'Deathtrap' play still holds the record for being the longest ever running comedy-thriller in Broadway history. See more »

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When Sidney has the Deathtrap script and threatens to throw it into the fireplace, the fire isn't lit. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[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.
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Great movie but where is the widescreen DVD?
12 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Definitely one of the most witty and twisted who-dunnit I ever seen. Christopher Reeve and Micheal Caine were brilliant and kept me going through the whole affair.

Very classy set pieces and the props really lend a sense of atmosphere to the proceedings. The minimalist feel works for the whole picture.

My only complain isn't with the film itself but the lack of a decent widescreen edition of the movie on DVD. I own the fullscreen version (which proves I love the film enough to endure fullscreen presentation) but a awesome Deluxe or 'special' edition would most surely get my cash.


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