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A Perfect Murder (1998)

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

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Michael P. Moran ...
Novella Nelson ...
Ambassador Alice Wills
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Jason Gates
Maeve McGuire ...
Ann Gates
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Laurinda Barrett ...
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Aideen O'Kelly ...
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Robert Vincent Smith ...
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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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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) (5 June 1998)

Gross:

$67,629,105 (USA) (11 September 1998)
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This is the first of two Alfred Hitchcock remakes that Viggo Mortensen is in, the second one being Psycho (1998). See more »

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when Steven lied to Mohamed he tried to determine whether Emily's attacker was breathing after being stabbed in the neck by a meat thermometer, Mohamed should've known Steven was lying because anyone who's stabbed in the neck with any sharp object would be dead within minutes. See more »

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Emily: [talking privately in Steven's office] But why did you put his key on my key chain?
Steven: David threatened violence from the very beginning so when I saw the body lying in the kitchen I'm sure it was him none of the doors have been forced open so I assumed he had your key.
Emily: But when? I had just used it to come that evening.
Steven: Are you sure? He used your key? Because if memory serves me right, the door was wide open I saw you walk in.
Emily: Maybe.
Steven: In which case he could've taken your key the day before, did you ...
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Park Jam
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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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