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A Perfect Murder (1998)

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

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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)  »

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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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Trivia

This was a very liberal remake of Alfred Hitchcock thriller Dial M for Murder (1954) based on a play by Frederick Knott. See more »

Goofs

Using his alias David Shaw to have an affair with much older woman, once Winston ran off with the woman's bearer bonds, the woman could have had the police dust for finger prints on items his touched, particularly the tennis racket to find out his real identity. See more »

Quotes

David Shaw: [over the phone, referring to their affair] tell him what exactly?
Emily: tell him everything: tonight
David Shaw: look, we've waited this long, let's just hold off another day so we can figure it out together, so I can help you
Emily: I don't know
David Shaw: I do, I do know
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Park Jam
Written and Performed by Richard Davis
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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.


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