A fledgling Staten Island journalist witnesses a brutal murder in the neighboring apartment of a French-Canadian model, but the police do not believe that the crime took place. With the help of a private detective, she seeks out the truth.
Brian De Palma
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
In the Kate Miller (Angie Dickinson) shower scene, a body double was used. When the movie first came out, the producers encouraged the then forty-eight-year-old Dickinson to claim the body was hers. However, it soon came out that it was actually Victoria Johnson. See more »
Although Peter Miller uses a suction-cup audio pickup to overhear the closed-door conversation between Detective Marino and Dr. Elliott, it's apparent in the view from inside Marino's office, as they get up to leave, that the large windowed door does not actually have any glass in it.
Reflections off the door glass can be seen during outside shots, but it was presumably removed for the interior scene in order to keep the waist-level, upward camera angle from revealing all the overhead lights when the door is swung open. See more »
Doctor Robert Elliott:
Doctor, I am not paranoid. Bobbi was making threats over the phone. She said she's going to hurt me. My patient was slashed to death. And now my razor is gone. Now you don't have to be a detective to figure it out, do you?
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In the scene where where Liz (Nancy Allen) tries to seduce Dr. Elliot (Michael Caine), some of the dialogue was changed to avoid an X rating. The following line was deleted altogether for the R-rated version: Liz: All the time he's talking I can see the bulge in his pants. In the R-rated version, she says "He drops his pants, he forces me down on my stomach, kneels down behind me.", while in the X-rated version, she says "He drops his pants, spreads my legs, kneels down behind me." When Liz strips to her lingerie in front of Elliot, he says to her: "Now why would you want to do a thing like that?" In the X-rated version, Liz replies, "Well, because of the size of that cock in your pants." In the R-rated version, the word "cock" was replaced with the word "bulge". See more »
When you compare what Brian De Palma was doing in the 80's to what passes for entertainment today, his films keep looking better and better. "Dressed To Kill, "Blow Out", "Body Double", "Scarface" and "Carlito's Way" are all superb works of a cinematic craftsman at the peak of his powers. The guy had a long run of better than average films. This is pure Hitchcock with an 80's dash of lurid perversion, an affectionately told tale of lust and murder with plenty of twists, huge helpings of style, a stunning Pino Donaggio score, and a trashy, giallo-inspired plot. De Palma's love of complex camera-work and luscious, blood-smudged visuals helps overcome the logical holes while the terrific performances of Dennis Franz, Keith Gordon (a good director in his own right), Nancy Allen (De Palma's wife at the time) and Michael Caine make every scene special. Let the virtuoso take you on a surreal, scary, erotically charged odyssey and you'll enjoy every frame of "Dressed To Kill".
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