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Deathtrap (1982)

A Broadway playwright puts murder in his plan to take credit for a student's script.

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Tony DiBenedetto ...
Burt - the Bartender
Al LeBreton ...
Handsome Actor
Francis B. Creamer Jr. ...
The Minister (as Rev. Francis B. Creamer Jr.)
Stewart Klein ...
Stewart Klein
Jeffrey Lyons ...
Jeffrey Lyons
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Joel Siegel
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Stage Newsboy
Jayne Heller ...
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George Peck ...
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Storyline

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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19 March 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ira Levin's Deathtrap  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$2,238,977 (USA) (21 March 1982)

Gross:

$19,282,134 (USA)
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Trivia

The 27th April 1982 edition of 'The New York Times' announced that Claus von Bülow, one of the financial investors in the Broadway stage production of 'Deathtrap' by Ira Levin, estimated at being US $44,000 for the theatrical play, with von Bülow as well this also investing finance in this movie adaptation, had been found guilty himself of murdering his wife. A movie about these circumstances called Reversal of Fortune (1990) and starring Jeremy Irons was later made. Irons won the Best Actor Academy Award (Oscar) for portraying von Bülow in this film. See more »

Goofs

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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Crazy Credits

Murderous weapons by Eoin Sprott. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005) See more »

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A Good Whodunnit Dramedy
18 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As one reviewer said "It's hard to talk about this film without giving too much away" - and I do agree with this statement about the film. This is a movie one just has to simply watch for themselves because if you are told to much about the film then it would ruin the entire movie.

Is Deathtrap good? Yes it is a very good mystery dramedy (comedy-drama). It has it's comical moments but the film also has it's times of drama. If you like mysteries then you may enjoy this film.

Are you wanting a double feature? I would recommend this movie (Deathtrap) along with movies like: "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid", "Clue", "Sleuth", or "Murder by Death".

8/10


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