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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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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)  »

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Dial M for Murder  »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$67,629,105 (USA) (11 September 1998)
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Elizabeth Hurley was considered for the role of Emily Bradford Taylor. See more »

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When Gwyneth opens the door to apt. 219 - sealed with yellow crime scene tape - she inserts the key into the deadbolt and turns it counterclockwise. Based on the door configuration this would have LOCKED the deadbolt but it opens smoothly... See more »

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Steven: [in David's loft, sitting on his bed] Fucking my wife.
David Shaw: [sitting in a stool] I don't know...
Steven: I think it's about time you called me Steven.
David Shaw: We're in love, sir.
Steven: That's it? You steal the crown jewel of a man's soul, and your only excuse is some candy ass Hallmark card sentiment? Even if it were true, that's not good enough!
David Shaw: What weren't true?
Steven: She is in love with you, buddy. You're in business.
David Shaw: What the hell are saying?
Steven: I'm saying you did not meet my wife by chance, I'm saying is you didn't study at ...
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References The Lone Ranger (1949) See more »

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The Sands of Time
Written by Chris 'Hambone' Cameron and Tad Robinson
Performed by Tad Robinson
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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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