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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)  »

Also Known As:

Dial M for Murder  »

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Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£2,254,955 (UK) (6 November 1998)

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Did You Know?


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


When David takes out the shoe box with the money in it it has a rubber band around it. It did NOT have a rubber band around the box when Steven had it in the bag. 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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Version of BBC Sunday-Night Theatre: Dial M for Murder (1952) See more »


Velvet Night
Written by Chris 'Hambone' Cameron and Richard Davis
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A passable remake of Hicthcock's ‘Dial M for Murder'
12 July 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A Perfect Murder ( a loose remake of ‘Dial M for Murder ) is a

stylish thriller in its own right ,but doesn't come close to the

original. As I remember and not to give away any of the plot, ‘Dial

‘M' is all about the key. Where it is hidden, Who knew it was there,

and who finds it. This plot line is gripping, but in ‘Perfect Murder'

this whole part of the story has been overlooked. Having said that

the film still works quite well, thanks to Michael Douglas. He really

is superb. Gwyneth Palthrow looks stunning, but David Suchet is

wasted as the detective. But where the film really falls down is the

ending. In the original the last scenes are gripping in the hunt for

the key, but for some reason director Andrew Davis sees fit to end

with the standard formula of a shoot out. Having said that the film

is still worth seeing, but if you need to watch this story, I

recommend the original.

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