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Rehearsal for Murder (1982)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Mystery | Thriller  -  26 May 1982 (USA)
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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.

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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>

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[first lines]
Ernie: Who's there? Who's out there? Is that you Mr. Dennison?
Alex: Hello, Ernie, how you been?
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Great movie for acting workshops
5 January 2008 | by (Central Midwest, USA) – See all my reviews

Robert Preston avoids overacting in this tight drama. It would have been easy for him to shout some of his dialog and overpower the simple but winding storyline. The cast is great. Each role brings forth the question of "What if this part were played by...???" I could imagine David Niven or Betty Davis in the lead roles or perhaps Clifton Webb and Gloria Swanson. They would all have been different in their performances, but it would be hard to be better than what is done by this group. Jeff Goldblum at first sounds like he will be out of place with these legends, but he holds his own and then some.

There are no explosions or swear words or nudity, so this won't be enjoyed by the under 13 crowd. A group of adults will like trying to figure out where this is going as it twists around from moment to moment. It does have some stretches of believability from time to time, but it sews everything right back up by the end.

I think some of today's filmmakers could do a new version of this if they were willing to stay away from the special effects table. This is basically a movie for the right cast who can deliver on a good script.

A very nice movie.


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