7.0/10
411
23 user 3 critic

Rehearsal for Murder (1982)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | TV Movie 26 May 1982
A year after his fiancée's death, a playwright schedules a rehearsal for his new play, which proves to be a trap for her killer.

Director:

Reviews

Watch Now

$0.00 (SD) with Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC
1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Just released from prison, a young woman arrives in town to "start a new life", but soon begins stalking a married construction worker for no apparent reason, turning his life inside out and eventually terrorizing him and his wife.

Director: Alan Rudolph
Stars: Geraldine Chaplin, Anthony Perkins, Moses Gunn
Threshold (1981)
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The celebrated heart surgeon Dr. Vrain supports the research of the offbeat scientist Aldo Gehring, who is inventing an artificial heart. Dr. Vrain performs the first artificial human heart... See full summary »

Director: Richard Pearce
Stars: Donald Sutherland, John Marley, Sharon Acker
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (TV Movie 1980)
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A TV adaptation of Washington Irving's classic ghost story. Humor is the drawing card in this version, with Jeff Goldblum a nerdish Ichabod Crane, Dick Butkus an appropriately nasty Brom ... See full summary »

Director: Henning Schellerup
Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Paul Sand, Meg Foster
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Story of an underground newspaper in Boston about to be taken over by big business.

Director: Joan Micklin Silver
Stars: John Heard, Lindsay Crouse, Jeff Goldblum
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The story of Ernie Kovacs, a talented radio and TV presenter and entertainer ahead of his time, who tried to make his shows as innovative and quirky as budget and censorship would allow. Ignored during life, celebrated after death.

Director: Lamont Johnson
Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Melody Anderson, Madolyn Smith Osborne
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A gang of thieves plan a daring bank robbery, making their escape across the rooftops of Los Angeles. The police are quickly called in, however, and only one of the robbers, Murdock, makes ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Wendkos
Stars: Bo Svenson, Cybill Shepherd, Mel Scott
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Dan Gillis, an American screenwriter living in Paris, recently abandoned by his wife, and getting used to his new life as a bachelor while trying to take care of his son, Danny - is ... See full summary »

Director: Fernando Trueba
Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Miranda Richardson, Anémone
Lush Life (TV Movie 1993)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Superb drama about two best friends who play jazz in night clubs.

Director: Michael Elias
Stars: Ernie Andrews, Jeff Goldblum, Buddy Arnold
Framed (TV Movie 1990)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A painter is accused of art-forging. He thinks his girlfriend betrayed him, so it's time for revenge.

Director: Dean Parisot
Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Kristin Scott Thomas, Todd Graff
Tenspeed and Brown Shoe (TV Series 1980)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A con-man and a accountant-wanna-be private eye team up to fight crime.

Stars: Ben Vereen, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Romanus
Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

An American executive living in Europe plots to murder his judgmentally, callous wife, only to get accused of actually murdering her when she disappears after leaving him over his own neurotic behavior.

Director: Baz Taylor
Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Mimi Rogers, Juan Echanove
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A beach runner and bookworm (Goldblum) has difficulty communicating with his son. He meets a psychic on a pier at the beach and soon his world turns topsy-turvy with a serial killer coming ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Mones
Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Rory Cochrane, Famke Janssen
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Alex Dennison
...
Monica Welles
...
David Mathews
...
Lloyd Andrews
...
Frank Heller
...
Karen Daniels (as Madolyn Smith)
...
Leo Gibbs
...
Walter Lamb
...
Damon
...
The First Officer
Vahan Moosekian ...
The Moving Man
...
The Second Officer (as Charlie Robinson)
Wallace Rooney ...
Ernie
Buck Young ...
Lieutenant McElroy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
The Third Officer
Edit

Storyline

In a theatre on Broadway, a group of friends remember the opening night from one year ago. On this night, the leading lady was apparently murdered. On this day, these people, all involved in the production, are brought back by the fiancee of this murder victim, a distinguished playwright, to read for parts in his new play. However, he believes she was murdered, and now wants to catch the killer. Written by <Fildapimp@netscape.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Where the curtain comes up on Terror


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

26 May 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cold Reading  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In the flashback seen where William Russ is with Lynn Redgrave, Russ is wearing a brown leather bomber jacket with the number 13 over his left breast. When he portrays Roger Lococco a few years later in Wiseguy, he will wear that same jacket. The jacket was considered Lococco's "trademark". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ernie: Who's there? Who's out there? Is that you Mr. Dennison?
Alex: Hello, Ernie, how you been?
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Another Pristine Preston Performance
8 October 2006 | by (Barbados, Caribbean) – See all my reviews

Dostoevsky is claimed to once have said that if a gun is seen in the first act of a play then it must be shot with by the third...

This was very true of "Rehearsal For Murder" a made for TV film back in the early 80's with a veteran and sterling cast - including a very angular and fresh-faced Jeff Goldblum, pre-Fly.

The man who carried the show was the late, great, inimitable Robert Preston - while known known to have been in some westerns in the 50s, he shone in the original film of "The Music Man," as he did in "The Last Starfighter" and still to my view Robert Preston earned the Oscar in Blake Edwards' version of "Victor, Victoria" with Alex Karras, Dame Julie Andrews and James Garner (perhaps Karras getting Best Actor In Supporting Role).

I digress, yet Robert carried the show as the aggrieved and lovelorn playwright Alex Dennison, who was convinced his fiancée - played by Lynn Redgrave - was in fact murdered and not a suicide as most folk thought in the movie.

In what appears to be a roleplaying manhunt of a whodunit by Preston/Dennison, you are given the impression he already knows who did the deed - or does he? William "St Elsewhere" Daniels, Patrick "The Avengers" MacNee and ex-Wiseguy alumni William Russ all executed their parts with intricate precision in this mystery that will have you turning every which way until the very last minute and even then you may not see where the plot is heading...

A very well-written script from Richard Levinson & William Link - with a long combined history of writing for hit series like "Murder She Wrote," "Columbo," and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" then it's no mystery why this show if done as a book would be a sure-fire page-turner! http://tinyurl.com/3464k/


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 jpar0308
Choosing murderer? bo-ulrich-2
Discuss Rehearsal for Murder (1982) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?