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A Perfect Murder (1998)

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

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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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A powerful husband. An unfaithful wife. A jealous lover. All of them have a motive. Each of them has a plan. 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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Dial M for Murder  »

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Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,615,704 (USA) (7 June 1998)

Gross:

$67,638,368 (USA)
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One of three movies where Michael Douglas' character works in Wall Street. The other two being Wall Street (1987) and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) where he plays Gordon Gekko, a ruthless stockbroker. See more »

Goofs

If David had a reservation to go to Canada to cross international lines he would have to use his legal name to go through customs. Therefore when the travel agent calls to confirm his reservation she would request to speak to "Winston", which is his legal name and not "David" which is his alias. See more »

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Steven: [in his office at their home, referring to David] your right his very talented
Emily: did you buy anything?
Steven: I made him an "offer"
Emily: and?
Steven: and his "chewing" on it
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References The Lone Ranger (1949) See more »

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Deserves a better IMDb score
26 February 2010 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

The movie has a low rating because it's a remake. And because it's a remake of a Hitchcock movie. It's kinda like when a rock band tries to cover Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin. Nobody will accept it, no matter what it's like. It' doomed to fail. I saw this before I saw Hitchcock's version and I really loved this movie. I'd say it stands on it's own. The plot is not the same as in "Dial M for Murder", so should be interesting also for those who saw the original. Dialog is witty, the plot is complicated and full of surprises, yet it all makes sense. Michael Douglas is terrific as this cynical, cold-blooded businessman who decides to get his unfaithful wife murdered. Cheating is very very wrong, so he has an understandable motive. It's not an excuse to murder anyone, but Douglas's character believes he has this perfect plan, with no risk of getting caught..

I really recommend this. I'd give it 7.5 but since there is no half points in IMDb, I gave it an eight.


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