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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 »
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An excellent mystery movie soaked in wit See more (48 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

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)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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When this movie was made and released, actor Christopher Reeve was at the peak of his fame from playing Superman having appeared in Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980) and was about to be appearing in Superman III (1983). Reeve accepted this part because it had nothing to do with neither the Clark Kent nor Superman character and he wished to avoid being typecast by his superhero persona. Reeve said around the time: "I've had a lot of training as an actor, and I want to use it."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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13 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
An excellent mystery movie soaked in wit, 20 June 2003
Author: Lawson from Singapore

Deathtrap runs like a play within a movie about who did what to whom, as it primarily takes place on one set. The premise is that an accomplished playwright, whose star is falling, receives a magnificent manuscript from a former student and so he plans to off his protege and appropriate his play, to the (loud) protests of his wife. Or so you think, for the first half of the movie. Past the halfway mark, Deathtrap begins to throw in twists and surprises that turn its premise on its head, then right around, and then in a mad spin, all the time keeping its title appropriate. It's an excellent mystery movie soaked in wit.

Michael Caine, as the senior playwright, plays himself in this movie - a slightly loony and very dramatic Brit. No surprises here - he does his usual good work. He gets the best line of Deathtrap, which he executes perfectly: "What is your definition of success, being gang-banged in a state penitentiary?"

Christopher Reeve, on the other hand, juggles comedy and drama in a surprisingly strong performance playing the ambitious (and psychopathic) young playwright. He also gets to show off his very toned body, which he must've retained coming off the Superman movies.

Caine and Reeve have collaborated in another movie that's one of my favorite comedies - Noises Off. It similarly revolves around a play as well, although this time Caine is the director and Reeve is an actor. They are joined by comic veterans Carol Burnett, John Ritter, Marilu Henner (Taxi) and Mark Linn-Baker (Perfect Strangers). Together, they demonstrate the calamities that befall the bed-hopping cast and crew of a play. On the surface, the movie looks to be mostly slapstick but upon watching you find that they are many subtle jokes that require more than one viewing to catch. Wish this underrated movie was available on DVD.

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