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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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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

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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?


The title, "A Perfect Murder", is a quote from the 1954 Hitchcock version of this story, "Dial M For Murder". See Memorable Quotes from "Dial M For Murder". 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?
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Deserves a better IMDb score
26 February 2010 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

The movie has a low rating because it's a remake. And because it's a remake of a Hitchcock movie. It's kinda like when a rock band tries to cover Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin. Nobody will accept it, no matter what it's like. It' doomed to fail. I saw this before I saw Hitchcock's version and I really loved this movie. I'd say it stands on it's own. The plot is not the same as in "Dial M for Murder", so should be interesting also for those who saw the original. Dialog is witty, the plot is complicated and full of surprises, yet it all makes sense. Michael Douglas is terrific as this cynical, cold-blooded businessman who decides to get his unfaithful wife murdered. Cheating is very very wrong, so he has an understandable motive. It's not an excuse to murder anyone, but Douglas's character believes he has this perfect plan, with no risk of getting caught..

I really recommend this. I'd give it 7.5 but since there is no half points in IMDb, I gave it an eight.

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