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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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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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Trivia

Both of Brian De Palma's movies, Dressed to Kill (1980) and Carrie (1976), began with a shower scene, and ended with waking up from a dream sequence. 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 »

Quotes

Kate Miller: Maybe there's something wrong with me.
Doctor Robert Elliott: There's nothing wrong with you.
Kate Miller: Do you find me attractive?
Doctor Robert Elliott: Of course.
Kate Miller: Would you want to sleep with me?
Doctor Robert Elliott: Yes.
Kate Miller: Then why don't you?
Doctor Robert Elliott: Because I love my wife, and sleeping with you isn't worth jeopardizing my marriage. Is it worth it to you?
Kate Miller: I don't know.
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Alternate Versions

Unedited international version seen theatrically outside of the U.S. and available on video domestically contains additional erotic footage cut from the U.S. release. While this version is copyrighted to "Warwick Associates", the U.S. release is copyrighted by Filmways Pictures. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Pandemonium (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

The Shower (Main Title Theme)
(uncredited)
Composed by Pino Donaggio
Conducted by Natale Massara
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User Reviews

 
Sleazy, Predictable But Very Entertaining
31 October 2005 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

A great suspense movie with terrific slow camera-work adding to the dramatics makes this a treat to watch and enjoy. Director-writer Brian de Palma does a super Hitchcock-imitation (many called it a "ripoff") with this film and the 2.35:1 widescreen DVD is a must to fully appreciate the camera-work (and several scenes with people hiding on each side which are lost on formatted-for-TV tapes).

The downside of the movie, at least to anyone that has some kind of moral standard, is the general sleaziness of all the characters, including the policeman played by a pre-NYPD Dennis Franz (who has hair here!).

The opening scene is still shocking with a fairly long shower scene of Angie Dickinson that is quite explicit, even 25 years after its release. The film has several erotic scenes in it as Dickinson (if that is really her on the closeups) and Nancy Allen are not shy about showing their bodies.

There is not much dialog in the first 20 minutes and no bad language until Franz enters the picture after the murder. The first 36 minutes are riveting and even though it's apparent who the killer is, it's still very good suspense and fun to watch all the way through, particularly for males ogling the naked women.


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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