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A Perfect Murder (1998)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  5 June 1998 (USA)
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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 »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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Release Date:

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)


£2,254,955 (UK) (6 November 1998)

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Elizabeth Hurley was considered for the role of Emily Bradford Taylor. See more »


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 »


[first lines]
Steven: There you are. And how was your day? Any progress in saving the world?
Emily: I'm working on it.
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Not Perfect At All
18 October 1998 | by (Cairns Australia) – See all my reviews

A Perfect Murder is a lot better than I thought it would be, probably because of the smart direction from director Andrew Davis (The Fugitive, Chain Reaction, Under Siege). Given a fairly involved script and an action film, (never mind the dialogue, just cut quickly to the next scene) shooting scheme, Davis has concocted a mainstream thriller that works quite well. A Perfect Murder is based on a middle rated Hitchcock film which was in turn based on a hit Broadway play called Dial M For Murder. Steven Taylor (Michael Douglas, in part revisiting Wall Street's Gordon Gecko) is in financial strife and decides to knock Emily his wife off to grab her money. She's played by the hapless Gwyneth Paltrow. Hubby blackmails his wife's lover (Viggo Mortensen) to do the dirty deed. This film is ferociously mainstream. The music chimes in just so. The bathrobe disappears just so. Michael Douglas plays Michael Douglas to perfection, Paltrow is protected from any line more than fifteen words long, but still A Perfect Murder is never boring. The original Hitchcock version starred Ray Miland and Grace Kelly. There weren't any mobile phones and the wife wasn't screwing the killer. And then there was Grace Kelly rather than Gwyneth Paltrow in that old film. I know who I'd prefer.

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