6.5/10
67,062
199 user 65 critic

A Perfect Murder (1998)

A remake of the Alfred Hitchcock classic Dial M for Murder (1954).

Director:

Writers:

(play), (screenplay)
Reviews
Popularity
4,553 ( 573)

On Disc

at Amazon

2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Disclosure (1994)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A computer specialist is sued for sexual harassment by a former lover turned boss who initiated the act forcefully, which threatens both his career and his personal life.

Director: Barry Levinson
Stars: Michael Douglas, Demi Moore, Donald Sutherland
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A violent, suspended police detective investigates a brutal murder, in which a manipulative and seductive woman could be involved.

Director: Paul Verhoeven
Stars: Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, George Dzundza
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A married man's one-night stand comes back to haunt him when that lover begins to stalk him and his family.

Director: Adrian Lyne
Stars: Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, Anne Archer
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

When the daughter of a psychiatrist is kidnapped, he's horrified to discover that the abductors' demand is that he break through to a post traumatic stress disorder suffering young woman who knows a secret...

Director: Gary Fleder
Stars: Michael Douglas, Sean Bean, Brittany Murphy
Unfaithful (2002)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A New York suburban couple's marriage goes dangerously awry when the wife indulges in an adulterous fling.

Director: Adrian Lyne
Stars: Richard Gere, Diane Lane, Olivier Martinez
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A millionaire offers $1,000,000 to a young married couple for a night with the wife.

Director: Adrian Lyne
Stars: Robert Redford, Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A married couple try everything to get each other to leave the house in a vicious divorce battle.

Director: Danny DeVito
Stars: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito
Falling Down (1993)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An unemployed defense worker frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society, begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them.

Director: Joel Schumacher
Stars: Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Barbara Hershey
Black Rain (1989)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Two NYC cops arrest a Yakuza member and must escort him when he's extradited to Japan.

Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia, Ken Takakura
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

This is the sequel to "Romancing the Stone" where Jack and Joan have their yacht and easy life, but are gradually getting bored with each other and this way of life. Joan accepts an ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Teague
Stars: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito
The Game (1997)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

After a wealthy banker is given an opportunity to participate in a mysterious game, his life is turned upside down when he becomes unable to distinguish between the game and reality.

Director: David Fincher
Stars: Michael Douglas, Deborah Kara Unger, Sean Penn
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Police hunting for a serial kidnapper are helped when a victim manages to escape for the first time.

Director: Gary Fleder
Stars: Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Cary Elwes
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Michael P. Moran ...
...
Ambassador Alice Wills
...
...
Jason Gates
Maeve McGuire ...
Ann Gates
...
Effete Man at Met
Laurinda Barrett ...
Met Woman #1
Aideen O'Kelly ...
Met Woman #2
...
Merchant Prince #1
Robert Vincent Smith ...
Merchant Prince #2
Edit

Storyline

Millionaire industrialist Steven Taylor is a man who has everything but what he craves most: the love and fidelity of his wife. A hugely successful player in the New York financial world, he considers her to be his most treasured acquisition. But she needs more than simply the role of dazzling accessory. Brilliant in her own right, she works at the U.N. and is involved with a struggling artist who fulfills her emotional needs. When her husband discovers her indiscretion, he sets out to commit the perfect murder and inherit her considerable trust fund in the bargain. Written by [ dark angel grace ]

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A powerful husband. An unfaithful wife. A jealous lover. All of them have a motive. Each of them has a plan. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

5 June 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dial M for Murder  »

Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,615,704 (USA) (5 June 1998)

Gross:

$67,629,105 (USA) (11 September 1998)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

To calm her and create a certain atmosphere of intimacy before filming the lovemaking scenes, Viggo Mortensen sang a couple of love songs to Gwyneth Paltrow that he learned in Argentina when he was young. In an interview he said, "I don't know if that ended up scaring her instead." See more »

Goofs

When Steven and Emily arrive at Emily's family home on the morning after the attack, they are still wearing the same clothes from the night before, have clearly been up all night yet Steven is clean shaven. See more »

Quotes

Emily: [while sitting in Steven's chair] The key to the dead man's apartment was on my key chain, someone put it there after I killed him and there's only one person in the world that could've done that.
Steven: Me.
Emily: Why?
Steven: To protect you.
Emily: From what?
Steven: [Steven shows Emily of pictures her and David kissing] Your lover, unless somebody else sent me these pictures, he called me here at the office two months ago, bragged about how hard you fell for him, he shelled out a hundred thousand dollars but he wants more.
Emily: For ...
[...]
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Humraaz (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Park Jam
Written and Performed by Richard Davis
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Interesting Movie...
24 January 2002 | by (New York City, New York) – See all my reviews

I found the film to be very interesting and smoothly executed. The acting of film veteran Michael Douglas was superb. Paltrow and Mortensen were also very smooth and a pleasure to observe. My only problem with this film was the way it ended. An editing glitch? Maybe. It was too abrupt. But all in all, a very entertaining film and an excellent use of a familiar theme-plot.

It should also be noted that Novella Nelson, who portrays Ambassador Alice Wills, is a noted songtress in her own right. I have had the pleasure of attending a few of her concerts and night club appearances in the 1970s. An excellent, sultry and sometimes fiery singer of jazz standards and R&B.


8 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?