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Director:
Writers:
Ira Levin (play)
Jay Presson Allen (screenplay)
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Release Date:
19 March 1982 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Join us for an evening of lively fun...and deadly games. [UK Theatrical] See more »
Plot:
A Broadway playwright puts murder in his plan to take credit for a student's script. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
6 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(26 articles)
User Reviews:
Wickedly Witty, Super-Twisty See more (47 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Caine ... Sidney Bruhl

Christopher Reeve ... Clifford Anderson

Dyan Cannon ... Myra Bruhl
Irene Worth ... Helga ten Dorp

Henry Jones ... Porter Milgrim
Joe Silver ... Seymour Starger
Tony DiBenedetto ... Burt - the Bartender
Al LeBreton ... Handsome Actor
Francis B. Creamer Jr. ... The Minister (as Rev. Francis B. Creamer Jr.)
Stewart Klein ... Himself
Jeffrey Lyons ... Himself

Joel Siegel ... Himself

Jenny Lumet ... Stage Newsboy
Jayne Heller ... Stage Actress
George Peck ... Stage Actor
Perry Rosen ... Stage Actor
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Directed by
Sidney Lumet 
 
Writing credits
Ira Levin (play)

Jay Presson Allen (screenplay)

Produced by
Alfred De Liagre Jr. .... associate producer
Burtt Harris .... producer
Jay Presson Allen .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Johnny Mandel 
 
Cinematography by
Andrzej Bartkowiak (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jack Fitzstephens  (as John J. Fitzstephens)
 
Production Design by
Tony Walton 
 
Art Direction by
Edward Pisoni 
 
Set Decoration by
George DeTitta Sr. 
 
Costume Design by
Tony Walton 
 
Makeup Department
Colleen Callaghan .... hair stylist (as Coleen Callaghan)
Joe Cranzano .... makeup artist
Tony Lloyd .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Joseph M. Caracciolo .... unit manager
Jennifer Ogden .... unit production manager (as Jennifer M. Ogden)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Burtt Harris .... first assistant director
Mark McGann .... second assistant director
Duncan Scott .... dga trainee
 
Art Department
Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr. .... props (as Joseph Caracciolo Jr.)
George DeTitta Jr. .... set dresser
Edward Garzero .... scenic artist
John Oates Jr. .... prop master (as John Oates)
Carlos Quiles .... construction foreman (as Carlos Quiles Sr.)
Joe Williams Sr. .... construction grip
Richard Shelton .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording mixer
Al Nahmias .... sound editor
James Sabat .... sound mixer
Louis Sabat .... boom operator
Rick Shaine .... sound editor
Jess Soraci .... sound editor
Mel Zelniker .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Bran Ferren .... special visual effects
 
Stunts
Von Deming .... stunts (uncredited)
Andy Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Jeannie Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Donna Garrett .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Garrett Brown .... Steadicam operator
Louis Goldman .... stillman
Michael Green .... second assistant cameraman
Dave McClean .... rig electrician
Richard Reis .... assistant cameraman
William H. Steiner .... camera operator (as William Steiner)
Louis S. Toth Jr. .... dolly grip (as Louis Toth)
Dusty Wallace .... gaffer
Robert Ward .... key grip (as Bobby Ward)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marilyn Bishop .... wardrobe
Dona Granata .... assistant: Mr. Walton
Ron Knopf .... wardrobe
James Roberts .... wardrobe (as Jim Roberts)
 
Editorial Department
Andrew Mondshein .... assistant editor (as Andrew S. Federman)
 
Music Department
Angela Morley .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Michael Fennell .... transportation captain (as Michael J. Fennell)
 
Other crew
Alfred De Liagre Jr. .... stage producer (as Alfred de Liagre Jr.)
Lilith Jacobs .... assistant: Mr. Lumet
Gabrielle Kelly .... assistant: Mrs. Allen
Ellen Levene .... unit publicist
Martha Pinson .... script supervisor
Randee Lois Smith .... production office coordinator
Roger L. Stevens .... stage producer
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ira Levin's Deathtrap" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
116 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
The exteriors of the beautiful home of Sidney and Myra Bruhl in the film was portrayed by a lavish mansion on Long Island complete with its own old-world windmill. Interiors of the house were filmed at the Pathe Studios in New York's East Harlem. The stage scenes that bookend the film were filmed at Music Box Theatre on 239 West 45th Street, New York where the 'Deathtrap' stage-play was still running. The 'Deathtrap' play's set was used for the two theatrical stage sequences in this film.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in In the Can (1990)See more »

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30 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Wickedly Witty, Super-Twisty, 8 April 2005
Author: gftbiloxi (gftbiloxi@yahoo.com) from Biloxi, Mississippi

When DEATHTRAP was first released, the poster--reproduced on the cover of this DVD--offered a graphic akin to a Rubik's Cube. It is an appropriate image: originally written for the stage by Ira Levin, who authored such memorable works as ROSEMARY'S BABY and THE STEPFORD WIVES, the play was one of Broadway's most famous twisters, and under Sidney Lumet's direction it translates to the screen extremely well.

DEATHTRAP is one of those films that it is very difficult to discuss, for to do so in any detail gives away the very plot for which it is famous. But the opening premise is extremely clever: Sidney Bruhl (Michael Caine) is the famous author of mystery plays, but these days he seems to have lost his touch. After a particularly brutal opening night, an old student named Clifford Anderson (Christopher Reeve) sends him a script for a play he has written. It is called "Deathtrap," and Sidney recognizes it as a surefire hit. Just the sort of hit that would revive his career... indeed, a hit to die for. And when Clifford visits to discuss the play, events suddenly begin to twist in the most unexpected manner possible.

Like Anthony Shaffer's equally twisty SLEUTH, DEATHTRAP is really a story more at home on the stage than the screen--to reach full power it needs the immediacy that a live performance offers. Still, under the expert guidance of director Sidney Lumet, it makes a more-than-respectable showing on the screen. Much of this is due to the cast, which is remarkably fine. Michael Caine gives a truly brilliant performance, Dyan Cannon is funny and endearing as Sidney's relentlessly anxious wife, and Christopher Reeve gives what might be the single finest performance in his regrettably short acting career. If you can't see it in a first-rate theatrical production, this will more than do until one comes along.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer

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