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A Perfect Murder -- A remake of the Hitchcock classic dial "M" for murder


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Writers (WGA):
Frederick Knott (play)
Patrick Smith Kelly (screenplay)
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Release Date:
5 June 1998 (USA) See more »
A powerful husband. An unfaithful wife. A jealous lover. All of them have a motive. Each of them has a plan. See more »
A remake of the Alfred Hitchcock classic Dial M for Murder (1954). Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Douglas ... Steven Taylor

Gwyneth Paltrow ... Emily Bradford Taylor

Viggo Mortensen ... David Shaw

David Suchet ... Mohamed Karaman

Sarita Choudhury ... Raquel Martinez
Michael P. Moran ... Bobby Fain

Novella Nelson ... Ambassador Alice Wills

Constance Towers ... Sandra Bradford

Will Lyman ... Jason Gates
Maeve McGuire ... Ann Gates

Stephen Singer ... Effete Man at Met
Laurinda Barrett ... Met Woman #1
Aideen O'Kelly ... Met Woman #2

Reed Birney ... Merchant Prince #1
Robert vincent Smith ... Merchant Prince #2 (as Robert Vincent Smith)
Bill Ambrozy ... Merchant Prince #3

George Blumenthal ... Merchant Prince #4 (as George S. Blumenthal)

Iris Braydon ... Guest at Met (as Iris Alten)
Marion Blumenthal ... Guest at Met
Andrew Sussman ... Guest at Met
Robynn N. Sussmann ... Guest at Met
Radney Tucker ... Guest at Met
Beverly Tucker ... Guest at Met
Bradford Billet ... Guest at Met
Robert Bosco Cokljat ... Croatian Delegate
Marat Yusim ... Russian Delegate
Lee Wong ... Japanese Diplomat

Roberta Orlandi ... Italian Diplomat (as Roberta Orlan)

Francis Dumaurier ... French Delegate
Deen Badarou ... African Delegate

Peter Benson ... Hansen

Jeff Williams ... Nolan

David Eigenberg ... Stein
Jean De Baer ... Secretary (as Jean Debaer)
Michel Moinot ... Maitre d'
Gerrit Vooren ... Waiter

Monica Parker ... Janice Moran

Michael H. Ingram ... Albert

Scott Dillin ... Detective Scott
Starla Benford ... Police Technican

Bob Bowersox ... Police Photographer

Joanna Adler ... Vyczowski (as Joanna P. Adler)

James Georgiades ... Policeman #2

José Ramón Rosario ... Policeman #1

Gerry Becker ... Roger Brill
William Bogert ... Harrington

Adrian Martinez ... Young Tough
Dexter Brown ... Porter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kelly AuCoin ... Waiter at Met (uncredited)

Christian Chase ... Passenger (uncredited)

Jason Cicardo ... Subway Scene (uncredited)
Bill Corsair ... Man In Taxi Dispute (uncredited)
Christopher Del Gaudio ... Guest at Met (uncredited)

Marshall Factora ... Patron in Coffee Shop (uncredited)
Barry Hirschberg ... Background (uncredited)

Claude Jay ... Forensic Detective (uncredited)
Taylor McCall ... Pedestrian In Park (uncredited)

Jack Mulcahy ... Bartender (uncredited)
Davell j Owens ... Alley Drug Dealer (uncredited)

Todo Segalla ... Waiter (uncredited)
Evis Xheneti ... Student (uncredited)

Alex Ziwak ... Blue Collar Worker (uncredited)

Directed by
Andrew Davis 
Writing credits
Frederick Knott (play "Dial M for Murder")

Patrick Smith Kelly (screenplay)

Produced by
Lowell D. Blank .... associate producer (as Lowell Blank)
Stephen Brown .... executive producer
Mitchell E. Dauterive .... co-producer (as Mitchell Dauterive)
Nana Greenwald .... co-producer
Anne Kopelson .... producer
Arnold Kopelson .... producer
Peter Macgregor-Scott .... producer
Christopher Mankiewicz .... producer
Lisa Reardon .... associate producer
Teresa Tucker-Davies .... associate producer
Original Music by
James Newton Howard 
Cinematography by
Dariusz Wolski 
Film Editing by
Dov Hoenig 
Dennis Virkler 
Casting by
Amanda Mackey Johnson 
Cathy Sandrich 
Production Design by
Philip Rosenberg 
Art Direction by
Patricia Woodbridge 
Set Decoration by
Debra Schutt 
Costume Design by
Ellen Mirojnick 
Makeup Department
Caryn Brostoff .... makeup artist
Milton Buras .... key hair stylist
Alan D'Angerio .... hair designer: Mr. Douglas and Ms. Paltrow
Naomi Donne .... key makeup artist
Tom Lucas .... makeup artist: Mr. Douglas
Production Management
Jan Foster .... unit production manager
Christopher DeFaria .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Henry Bronchtein .... first assistant director
Amy Lauritsen .... second assistant director
Jennifer Loeb .... dga trainee
Jennifer Truelove .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Laura Brock .... assistant art director (as Laura L. Brock)
Diana Burton .... assistant property master
Joseph Garzero .... scenic artist
George Hugel .... construction coordinator
Darrell K. Keister .... assistant art director
Martin Lasowitz .... property master
Brick Mason .... production illustrator
Charles E. McCarry .... assistant art director
Timothy Metzger .... leadperson (as Tim Metzger)
Richard Reseigne .... construction coordinator
Jennifer B. Starke .... art department coordinator (as Jennifer Starke)
Loren Weeks .... assistant art director
JoAnn Atwood .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
David Blankenship .... set designer (uncredited)
Greg Cattano .... construction auditor (uncredited)
Tony Marks .... carpenter (uncredited)
Alexandra Mazur .... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
Eric M. Metzger .... set dresser (uncredited)
Peter Regnier .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Paul Aulicino .... assistant sound editor
Gary Blufer .... sound editor
Lance Brown .... sound designer
Kevin E. Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Bradley Clouse .... assistant sound editor
Virginia Cook-McGowan .... dialogue editor
Scott Curtis .... foley editor
Marc Deschaine .... assistant adr editor
Michael Dressel .... supervising foley editor
Jeffrey J. Haboush .... sound re-recording mixer
Hilda Hodges .... foley artist
Glenn Hoskinson .... sound editor
Mary Jo Lang .... foley mixer
Lance Laurienzo .... assistant adr editor
Matthew C. May .... assistant sound editor (as Matthew May)
Joseph A. Mayer .... supervising adr editor (as Joe Mayer)
Anthony Milch .... dialogue editor (as Anthony R. Milch)
Steve Nelson .... sound editor
Tom Nelson .... production sound mixer
Jay Nierenberg .... sound editor
John Roesch .... foley artist (as John B. Roesch)
Daniel Rosenblum .... boom operator
Robert Schaper .... sound re-recording mixer
Kim Secrist .... sound editor
Bruce Stambler .... supervising sound editor
Becky Sullivan .... supervising adr editor
Robert Troy .... dialogue editor
Donald L. Warner Jr. .... dialogue editor
Bernard Weiser .... dialogue editor
Marshall Winn .... dialogue editor
Scott Jones .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Kimberly Ellen Lowe .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jeff Brink .... special effects coordinator (as Jeffrey S. Brink)
Rob Benevides .... special effects makeup (uncredited)
Manex Efrem .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Nathan Lafionatis .... computer consultant (uncredited)
John Cenatiempo .... stunts
Dana Hee .... stunts
Brendan Manning .... stunts
Mick O'Rourke .... stunts
Michael Runyard .... stunt coordinator
Chuck Zito .... stunts
Kevin Arbouet .... stunts (uncredited)
Andy Bennett .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Peter Bucossi .... stunts (uncredited)
Dana Hee .... stunt double: Gwyneth Paltrow (uncredited)
Michael Runyard .... stunt double: Michael Douglas (uncredited)
Lee Sheward .... stunt coordinator: UK (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
James R. Belletier .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Keith Bunting .... best boy grip (as Keith M. Bunting)
Patrick Capone .... camera operator: "b" camera
Morris Flam .... chief lighting technician
Clay Liversidge .... rigging chief lighting technician
Kevin McKenna .... video assist operator
Tim Metivier .... second assistant camera: "a" camera (as Timothy Metivier)
Billy Patsos .... key grip (as William Patsos)
Ronald Plant .... rigging key grip (as Ron Plant)
James Pollard .... dolly grip (as James H. Pollard)
Scott Rathner .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Andrew D. Schwartz .... still photographer (as Andy Schwartz)
Stephen St. John .... Steadicam operator (as Steve St. John)
Stephen St. John .... camera operator: "a" camera (as Steve St. John)
John Velez .... assistant chief lighting technician
Zoran Veselic .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Bill Almeida .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Ashley Bond .... focus puller (uncredited)
Deborah Brozina .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Mike House .... grip: UK (uncredited)
Zsolt Kadar .... film loader (uncredited)
William MacGhee .... electrician (uncredited)
Hernan Otaño .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Charles Quinlivan .... grip (uncredited)
Darren Ryan .... 24 frame video operator (uncredited)
Howard Smith .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Mercedes Kelso .... casting associate (as Mercedes Danforth)
Elizabeth Lang .... casting associate (as Elizabeth Lang Fedrick)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Fran Allgood .... costumer: Mr. Douglas
Laura Drawbaugh .... assistant costume designer
Lisa R. Frucht .... costume supervisor (as Lisa Frucht)
John Glaser .... assistant costume designer (as John Walter Glaser III)
Amy Habacker .... costumer (as Amy S. Habacker)
Monica Ruiz-Ziegler .... wardrobe production assistant (as Monica Ruiz-Ziegley)
Deirdre N. Williams .... costume supervisor (as Deirdre Williams)
Editorial Department
Guy Barresi .... assistant editor
Richard Friedlander .... assistant editor
Mario González .... assistant editor
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Uri Katoni .... first assistant editor
Nina Lucia .... first assistant editor
Bob Putynkowski .... color timer
Matthew Schmidt .... assistant editor (as Matt Schmidt)
Pax Wassermann .... assistant editor
Mark S. Westmore .... first assistant editor (as Mark Westmore)
Bill Daly .... post-production executive (uncredited)
Music Department
Jeff Atmajian .... orchestrator
Brad Dechter .... orchestrator
Jim Hall .... electronic score producer
James T. Hill .... electronic score producer
James Newton Howard .... orchestrator
Artie Kane .... conductor
Shawn Murphy .... score mixer
David Olson .... music editor
Jim Weidman .... supervising music editor
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Mark Graham .... music stage librarian (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Kevin Flynn .... transportation captain
Kevin Keefe .... transportation coordinator
Edward Devereaux II .... driver: honeywagon (uncredited)
Other crew
Irvin Andrew .... staff assistant
Gail Barringer .... production accountant
Alison Benson .... staff assistant
Gene Benus .... staff assistant
Robert C. Campion .... production controller
Dru Anne Carlson .... script supervisor (as Drucilla A. Carlson)
Joseph G. Eckardt .... staff assistant
Dylan Firshein .... staff assistant
David Hall .... staff assistant
Kali R. Harrison .... staff assistant (as Kali Rashad Harrison)
Una Hill .... staff assistant
Lauren Iungerich .... assistant: Mr. Kopelson
Jay Johnson .... title designer
Lori Johnson .... production associate
TC Kilpper .... assistant: Mr. Davis
Chanda Kochie .... assistant: Ms. Paltrow
Nancy Kolomitz .... staff assistant (as Nancy L. Kolomitz)
Paul Kramer .... assistant location manager
Robert Kravitz .... staff assistant
John Kreidman .... assistant production associate
Apoorva Lakhia .... staff assistant
Chris T. Margiano .... craft service
David Martin .... staff assistant
Michael McKenna .... craft service
Jamie Midgley .... assistant: Mr. Douglas
Maria Norman .... executive assistant: Mr. Kopelson
Claudia O'Hehir .... executive assistant: Ms. Kopelson
Evan Perazzo .... staff assistant
Liz Radley .... video and graphics supervisor (as Elizabeth Radley)
Holly S. Rymon .... assistant production associate (as Holly Rymon)
Sandeep Sharma .... staff assistant
Jamie Sheridan .... staff assistant
Marc Siegel .... staff assistant
Michael Singer .... unit publicist
Kelly Solomon .... staff assistant
Marce Sterner .... staff assistant (as Marcellin Sterner)
Michael Stricks .... location manager
Meghan Sea Treese .... assistant: Mr. Brown
Chuck Trimbach .... assistant: Mr. Kopelson (as Charles Trimbach)
Holly Watson .... production secretary
Lara Wood .... assistant: Mr. Brown
Heathar Wynne .... medic
Judi Beecher .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Charles Bodycomb .... armorer (uncredited)
Casey Cavalier .... staff assistant: Mr. Davis (uncredited)
Arthur Flam .... production intern (uncredited)
Matthew Gross .... production executive (uncredited)
Joseph Lombardi .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
David Ray Martin .... location assistant (uncredited)
Jonathan Roumie .... location assistant (uncredited)
Howard Samuelsohn .... dialect coach (uncredited)
Dennis Hopper .... thanks: for genereous cooperation in allowing their workspace to appear in this film
Viggo Mortensen .... thanks: for genereous cooperation in allowing their artwork created in this film
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dial M" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for violence, sexuality and language
107 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
Continuity: 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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56 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
Slick and stylish Hitchcock update, 31 October 2005
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

I went into A Perfect Murder expecting to enjoy it, but I recognised the fact that I wouldn't be in for a great film. To be honest, I love thrillers like this as they offer a solid two hours (or so) of non-too taxing entertainment, and what's not to like about that? A Perfect Murder is an update of the Hitchcock classic 'Dial M For Murder', and while the film doesn't touch Hitchcock's in terms of how thrilling it is, this update has been well handled and despite losing things such as the claustrophobia and the tight plot, A Perfect Murder still does what you'd expect it to do. The plot has become more expansive for this update, but the filmmakers have still managed to keep it tight so that the plot is focused mainly on the characters as opposed to the actual crime. The plot follows a rich man (Michael Douglas) who discovers that his trophy wife (Gweneth Paltrow) is having an affair with an artist (Viggo Mortensen). When his business affairs start to go awry, he decides to commit the perfect murder so that he can inherit his wife's trust fund. However, as all of us Hitchcock fans know; there's no such thing as the perfect murder.

Michael Douglas was the absolute perfect choice for this role. He may get typecast as the slimy businessman often, but he does it so well! You can really believe that he wants to kill his wife. Gweneth Paltrow, who is often solid but never outstanding; and Viggo Mortensen, who is actually a good actor, join him and make up the three-piece central cast. Mortensen's performance here isn't awesome; but it's good, and hints at the sort of stuff that would be to come - such as a great turn in David Cronenberg's A History of Violence. Like most nineties thrillers, this one is very stylishly shot and there's a focus on the more steamy elements of the story. The locations used aptly convey the groups within society that the characters belong to and the film does a good job of setting its scenes. The central set piece is well executed, and the build up to it is well done also; but it has to be said that the film starts to fall apart a little after that. Still, A Perfect Murder never becomes boring and even during it's down time; the film still manages to be thrilling. As mentioned, this isn't as great as Hitchcock's version - but as modern remakes go - this certainly isn't a bad one, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good thriller.

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