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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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Ambassador Alice Wills
Jason Gates
Maeve McGuire ...
Ann Gates
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Laurinda Barrett ...
Met Woman #1
Aideen O'Kelly ...
Met Woman #2
Merchant Prince #1
Robert vincent Smith ...
Merchant Prince #2 (as Robert Vincent Smith)


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 »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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1.85 : 1
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Many of the artworks featured in this film are Mortensen's own. See more »


When Steven and Emily arrive at Emily's family home on the morning after the attack, they are still wearing the same clothes from the night before, have clearly been up all night yet Steven is clean shaven. 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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Black Alley Rap
Written by Chris 'Hambone' Cameron, Richard Davis and Stevie Butler
Performed by Stevie Butler
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My wife liked it
21 March 2001 | by (Winnipeg) – See all my reviews

This is a good movie, the more I watch it the more I like it. When I first viewed this movie I thought it was ok, but when we bought the video it began to grow on me. The acting is excellent, and the story twists along at a good pace. Douglas is a good actor and his performance alone is worth renting this film.

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