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Dressed to Kill (1980)

A mysterious blonde woman kills one of a psychiatrist's patients, and then goes after the high-class call girl who witnessed the murder.

Director:

Brian De Palma

Writer:

Brian De Palma
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Doctor Robert Elliott
Angie Dickinson ... Kate Miller
Nancy Allen ... Liz Blake
Keith Gordon ... Peter Miller
Dennis Franz ... Detective Marino
David Margulies ... Dr. Levy
Ken Baker Ken Baker ... Warren Lockman
Susanna Clemm ... Betty Luce
Brandon Maggart ... Cleveland Sam
Amalie Collier Amalie Collier ... Cleaning Woman
Mary Davenport Mary Davenport ... Woman in Restaurant
Anneka Di Lorenzo Anneka Di Lorenzo ... Nurse (as Anneka De Lorenzo)
Norman Evans Norman Evans ... Ted
Robbie L. McDermott Robbie L. McDermott ... Man in Shower
Bill Randolph ... Chase Cabbie
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Storyline

While taking a shower, Kate Miller, a middle-aged, sexually frustrated New York City housewife, has a rape fantasy while her husband stands at the sink shaving. Later that day, after complaining to her psychiatrist Dr. Robert Elliott about her husband's pathetic performance in bed, she meets a strange man at a museum and returns to his apartment where they continue an adulterous encounter that began in the taxicab. Before she leaves his apartment, she finds papers which certify that the man has a venereal disease. Panicked, Kate rushes into the elevator, but has to return to his apartment when she realizes she's forgotten her wedding ring. When the elevator doors open, she's brutally slashed to death by a tall blonde woman wearing dark sunglasses. Liz Blake, a high-class call girl, is the only witness to the murder and she becomes the prime suspect and the murderer's next target. Liz is rescued from being killed by Kate's son Peter, who enlists the help of Liz to catch his mother's ... Written by alfiehitchie

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Ela Pinta Os Lábios. Penteia Os Cabelos. Esconde Os Olhos Por Detrás De Óculos Escuros. Deixa Cair A Navalha Dentro Da Mala De Mão E Sorri... (Portuguese) See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dressed to Kill See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$31,899,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,899,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Near the beginning of the dazzling museum cat-and-mouse sequence, Kate Miller takes off her left glove (important plot point) to display her wedding ring to the handsome stranger, Warren Lockman. Her purpose for this was not clear so the viewer can hypothesize that she did this in an attempt to broadcast that she was married and not available, or that because she was married, she was a safe bet for a brief no-strings-attached encounter. See more »

Goofs

Outside the museum, Bobbi picks up the glove twice. See more »

Quotes

Liz Blake: I'm sorry, am I bothering you?
Hood #1: Naw, you ain't bothering me.
Hood #2: But you're bothering ME.
Hood #1: You say she's bothering you?
Hood #2: That's right, this bitch is bothering me.
Hood #1: Well, what you gonna do 'bout that?
Hood #2: I'm gonna kick her ass.
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Alternate Versions

NBC edited 14 minutes from this film for its 1982 network television premiere. See more »

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The Forgotten Ring/The Murder
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Composed by Pino Donaggio
Conducted by Natale Massara
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Strangely Satisfying Thriller!
21 June 2014 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

I have read about the controversy this film created back in 1980, but it wasn't until now when I viewed the film that I can see why. This is a sharp, twisty thriller that borrows effectively from Alfred Hitchcock trademarks. But upon viewing it, Dressed to Kill is a strangely erotic film that is almost like a soft porn movie. Some of the scenes made me think that I was watching a porn film, but this film will succeed in holding your attention.

This film, directed by Brian De Palma, is about a woman named Kate Miller who has a sexually frustrated life and she sees a therapist named Dr. Robert Elliot. But sometime later, she meets this guy at a museum and they have sex. But she finds out he has a sexually transmitted disease and in her haste, she leaves without her wedding ring. But when she reaches the elevator, she is brutally murdered by a razor. From there on out, confusion ensues as people try to track down the killer.

The acting is really good. Michael Caine shines very well as Elliot and I wish he had more screen time. Nancy Allen was very effective and had the best overall performance. Angie Dickinson was also really good, but she hardly had any screen time.

Overall, Dressed to Kill is a very smart, though erotic thriller that gives off a similar feel to a Hitchcock film. The tension is high and it can also be scary at times. So in other words, it effectively delivers the thrills. I rate this film 9/10.


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