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Dressed to Kill (1980)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Doctor Robert Elliott
... Kate Miller
... Liz Blake
... Peter Miller
... Detective Marino
... Dr. Levy
Ken Baker ... Warren Lockman
... Betty Luce
... Cleveland Sam
Amalie Collier ... Cleaning Woman
Mary Davenport ... Woman in Restaurant
Anneka Di Lorenzo ... Nurse (as Anneka De Lorenzo)
Norman Evans ... Ted
Robbie L. McDermott ... Man in Shower
... 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 murderess'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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Every nightmare has a beginning...This one never ends. See more »

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Mystery | Thriller

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Release Date:

25 July 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vestida para matar  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$31,899,000
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2.35 : 1
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Brian De Palma specifically wrote the part of Liz Blake for his then wife Nancy Allen to play. See more »

Goofs

Once the action heightens during the museum sequence, and we have now switched from tracking shots to steadicam shots, there is one steadicam pan in particular (from Dickinson's point of view) that reveals the on-set lighting equipment at the top of the frame. See more »

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Bobbi: [on Elliott's answering machine] This is Bobbi. You won't see me anymore, so I thought I'd have a little session with your machine. Oh Doctor, I'm so unhappy. I'm a woman trapped inside a man's body - and you're not helping me to get out! So I got a new shrink, Levy's his name, he's gonna sign the papers so I can get my operation. Oh... I borrowed your razor... and - well, you'll read all about it. Some blonde bitch saw me, but I'll get her.
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One of the Best
13 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

"Dressed To Kill", is one of the best thrillers ever made. Its dealings with sex and violence make this a film for adults. Brian De Palma, once again, proves why no other director can match his use of the camera to tell a story. He directs many scenes without dialog, and he tells much of his story, strictly through the use of his visuals, and Pino Donnagio's brilliant score. Filmed in Panavision, the film MUST be seen in widescreen, as De Palma uses the entire width of the film to tell his story. Cropped, on video, "Dressed To Kill", is barely the same movie. Solid performances from its cast, superb direction, and, perhaps, the finest film score ever written, make "Dressed To Kill" a must see.


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