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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Deegan
Laura Stewart
Olivia Deegan (as Anne DeSalvo)
Victoria Haines
Lt. Frank Vaness
Lou Rescetti
Edie Meyers (as Anna Thomson)
Mike Welch
Daniel Reichert ...
Jack Homelin
Hotel Clerk
Ralph Oliver ...
Trial Judge
Judge Griffin
Michael Kaufman ...
C.H. Evans ...
Lodge Manager


Prominent lawyer Charlie Deegan has almost everything he has ever wanted. He has an important, prosperous law practice, a beautiful secretary as his lover, and the chance to be appointed to the high court. The only thing wrong with this is that his shrewish wife Olivia, whose father made all the wealth and all the power, is living and berating him at every opportunity and that greatly upsets Charlie. So when his lover, Laura, jokingly suggests that they get rid of Olivia, Charlie thinks, being a successful lawyer, that he can actually create a fool-proof plan. In this plan, he must incorporate a socialite named Victoria whom he detests, but she can help him get into the court and be part of the plan for Olivia. But dreams of judgeship, money and Laura makes him proceed. However, things never turn out as planned and he may not be as smart as he considers himself. Written by Tony Fontana <>

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When it comes to murder, nobody's perfect.


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Release Date:

4 December 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der perfekte Mord  »

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Charlie Deegan: I'd stick this pencil through my eye before I'd touch a hair on her head.
Jack Homelin: Justice should be blind, Mr. Homelin, not the Defendant.
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Sometimes you get away with murder and live to regret it.......
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"Dead in the Water" plays like a fine episode of "Columbo". Right from the start we know the murder's identity, and the fun is watching the guilty party's perfect murder slowly unravel. The acting by all is very good, and the deliberate pace lends itself to strong character development. Since none of the characters is likable, and their motives all self serving, the intermingled black humor is quite welcome. Special mention must be made of the musical score, and opening credits sequence, which are both top notch. You could do far worse for an evenings entertainment than "Dead in the Water. I recommend taking a look at this one. - MERK

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