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A Perfect Murder (1998)

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

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Cast

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Ambassador Alice Wills
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Sandra Bradford
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Jason Gates
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Ann Gates
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Effete Man at Met
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Aideen O'Kelly ...
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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 ]

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Husband. Wife. Lover. A Dangerous Affair. A Perfect Murder. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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5 June 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dial M for Murder  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,615,704, 7 June 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$67,638,368

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$128,038,368
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Many of the artworks featured in this film are Mortensen's own. See more »

Goofs

Emily's hair scrunchie appears in her hair as she is answering the phone and seems to have fallen out during the struggle but reappears and disappears several times throughout the attack. See more »

Quotes

David Shaw: [in David's loft] What's the five hundred grand for?
Steven: Killing my wife.
David Shaw: Emily?
Steven: One hundred thousand now, four hundred thousand after cash and carry.
David Shaw: You're out of your mind.
Steven: Not really.
David Shaw: Why?
Steven: I appreciate your curiosity but my agenda doesn't concern you.
David Shaw: What if I go to straight to Emily and tell her all this?
Steven: That'd be my word against yours, Winston.
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Connections

Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Biala Mi Gente
Written by Chris 'Hambone' Cameron and Ruben Alvarez
Performed by Ruben Alvarez and Chris 'Hambone' Cameron
Chris 'Hambone' Cameron appears courtesy of Calliope Music/Capricorn Records
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Interesting Movie...
24 January 2002 | by 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.


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