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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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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 ...
Robbie L. McDermott ...
Man in Shower
Chase Cabbie
Sean O'Rinn ...
Museum Cabbie
Fred Weber ...
Mike Miller
Samm-Art Williams ...
Subway Cop
Robert Lee Rush ...
Hood #1
Anthony Boyd Scriven ...
Hood #2
Robert McDuffie ...
Hood #3
Frederick Sanders ...
Hood #4
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bobbi (uncredited) (voice)
Wendell Hauser ...
Girl in Elevator (uncredited)
Patient at Bellvue Hospital (uncredited)
Lisa Peluso ...
Museum Girl (uncredited)
Jerry Schram ...
Building Tenant (uncredited)

Directed by

Brian De Palma

Written by

Brian De Palma ... (written by)

Produced by

Fred C. Caruso ... associate producer (as Fred Caruso)
George Litto ... producer
Samuel Z. Arkoff ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

Pino Donaggio

Cinematography by

Ralf D. Bode ... director of photography (as Ralf Bode)

Film Editing by

Gerald B. Greenberg ... (as Jerry Greenberg)

Editorial Department

Ray Hubley ... assistant editor
Maria Iano ... assistant editor
Bill Pankow ... associate editor
Wende Phifer Mate ... assistant editor (as Wende Phifer)

Casting By

Vic Ramos

Art Direction by

Gary Weist

Set Decoration by

Gary J. Brink ... (as Gary Brink)

Costume Design by

Gary Jones
Ann Roth

Makeup Department

Joe Cranzano ... makeup artist (as Joseph Cranzano)
Bob Grimaldi ... hair stylist (as Robert Grimaldi)
Robert Laden ... special makeup artist
Tony Lloyd ... makeup artist: Mr. Caine (as Anthony Lloyd)

Production Management

Fred C. Caruso ... production manager (as Fred Caruso)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

William Eustace ... second assistant director
Paula Mazur ... dga trainee
Michael Rauch ... assistant director
Robert Rothbard ... second second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

Gilbert H. Gertsen ... chief carpenter (as Gilbert Gertson)
William Kane ... property master
William Lowry ... construction grip
Ernest W. Southern ... scenic chargeman (as Ernie Southern)
Paul J. Wilson ... prop man

Sound Department

Ed Abele ... boom operator
John H. Bolz ... sound mixer (as John Bolz)
Peter Ilardi ... sound recordist
Lowell Mate ... assistant sound editor
Michael Moyse ... sound editor
Dan Sable ... supervising sound editor
Dick Vorisek ... sound re-recording supervisor
Jean Fraser Wardle ... assistant sound editor (as Jean Wardle)
Randall Coleman ... apprentice sound editor (uncredited)


Victor Magnotta ... stunt coordinator (as Vic Magnotta)
BJ Davis ... stunt double: Michael Caine (uncredited)
Tim Gallin ... stunts (uncredited)
Steve James ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Holly Bower ... still photographer
Marc Hirschfeld ... assistant camera
Jack Kennedy ... dolly grip
Ed Quinn ... key grip
Michael Stone ... camera operator
David Wagreich ... second assistant camera
James C. Walsh ... best boy (as James Walsh)
William Ward ... gaffer
Craig DiBona ... camera operator: b (uncredited)
Adam Kimmel ... camera apprentice (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Greg Fauss ... costumer: men
Alba Schipari ... costumer: women

Location Management

Edward Crocitto ... location coordinator (as Ed Crocitto)
Jeffrey Silver ... location manager

Music Department

Todd Kasow ... music editor
Natale Massara ... conductor
John Moses ... musician: clarinet (uncredited)

Transportation Department

Tom O'Brien ... transportation captain (as Thomas O'Brien)
Patrick Hogan ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

Samuel Z. Arkoff ... presenter
Jean De Niro ... production assistant
Gary Hill ... assistant: Mr. DePalma
Sam Irvin ... assistant: Mr. DePalma
Gail Kearns ... assistant: Mr. Litto
Shirley Marcus ... production office coordinator
Danny Matalon ... production assistant
Martha Pinson ... script supervisor
Curtis Sayblack ... auditor (as Curtiss Sayblack)
Rachel Ticotin ... production assistant
Dick Delson ... national director of publicity (uncredited)
Joy Glaccum ... stand-in: Angie Dickinson and Michael Caine (uncredited)
Victoria Johnson ... body double: Angie Dickinson (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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 killer as Detective Marino who's in charge of the case is uncooperative in the investigation. Written by alfiehitchie

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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Pulsions (France)
  • Vestida para matar (Spain)
  • Tappava tunnustus (Finland)
  • Vestida Para Matar (Brazil)
  • Vestito per uccidere (Italy)
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  • 105 min
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Budget $6,500,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia In the Angie Dickinson shower scene, a body double was used. When the film first came out, the producers encouraged the then 48 year old Dickinson to claim the body was hers. However, it soon came out that it was actually Victoria Johnson (although initially it was suggested that it was de Palma's wife Nancy Allen). See more »
Goofs After Liz grabs the razor that Elliot drops in the elevator, she begins to running toward the screaming housekeeper, with her purse left on the ground in front of the elevator door. As Liz leaves from the apartment door the housekeeper goes into, her purse now appears over her arm. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Sex at 24 Frames Per Second (2003). See more »
Quotes Liz Blake: Do you want to fuck me?
Doctor Robert Elliott: Oh, yes.
Liz Blake: Then why don't you?
Doctor Robert Elliott: Because I'm a doctor and...
Liz Blake: Fucked a lot of doctors.
Doctor Robert Elliott: ...and I'm married.
Liz Blake: Fucked a lot of them, too.
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