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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:
Surpasses Sleuth 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
 
Crew believed to be complete


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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:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Sidney Bruhl is said to have written the longest-running mystery/thriller in Broadway history. In real life, that record was broken by the play 'Deathtrap' itself where it played for 1793 performances.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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23 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Surpasses Sleuth, 17 September 2005
Author: EnriqueH from Miami, Fl.

The comparison to Sleuth, the earlier stage-play-turned-film, is obvious and upon my first viewing I too thought Sleuth was better, but Deathtrap has, at least for me, many more repeat viewings in it than Sleuth.

I purchased Deathrap in the bargain bin at Wal-Mart, figuring that it had Caine and the underrated Reeve and was worth the 6 bucks. It was one of the finest DVD purchases I could've picked up.

It's one of those best-kept-secrets that movie buffs always are always delighted to discover. And it's totally worth repeat viewings.

Though Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine turned in bravado performances in Sleuth, I was doubly impressed with Christopher Reeve as Clifford Anderson. Reeve, rightfully associated with his now legendary portrayal of Superman, stole the show in what should've been an Oscar worthy performance. I've always felt Reeve was a type-cast actor who didn't get much of a chance to shine outside of the Superman films and a few other flawed but entertaining films like Somewhere in Time, but this film shows that his potential was truly tapped and put to use, thank goodness.

I absolutely relished Michael Caine's performance. He was glib, deliciously manipulative and sadistic. And watching him work with Reeve and Dyan Cannon was an absolute pleasure. In fact, it was thanks to this movie that I got into a "Michael Caine phase" and started renting as much of his stuff as humanly possible.

As for Deathtrap, there's enough juicy dialogue in here to fill up its "memorable quotes" section. (Unfortunately, much of the dialogue would inherently spoil the immensely entertaining plot).

It's really, really hard to talk about the movie without spoiling important plot points that are infinitely more fun to discover on your own. Needless to say, it's a must-see. But for me, it was the greatest and most rewarding blind purchase of all time.

Repeat viewings are a must.

And it deserves to sit alongside Sleuth on your DVD shelf.

I'll leave you with this beautifully written quote from the film: "I wonder if it wouldn't be...well...just a trifle starry-eyed of me to enter into such a risky and exciting collaboration...where I could count on no sense of moral obligation...whatsoever."

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