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Sir Sean Connery was offered the role of Robert Elliott by Brian De Palma, and was enthusiastic about it, but declined on account of previously acquired commitments. They would later work together on The Untouchables (1987), for which Connery would win the Academy Award.
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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).
Angie Dickinson said on The Tonight Show, that of all the movies she was in, Dressed to Kill (1980) is her favorite.
As a young man, De Palma, at his mother's urging, actually followed his father and used recording equipment to try and catch him with another woman. That incident inspired this film.
Angie Dickinson said the scene where her character gets seduced in the back of a cab, was filmed on location in New York City, where several gawkers observed the scene and shouted, "Right on, Police Woman!" (referring to her previous television role).
In 1982, Dressed to Kill had its television broadcast premier on NBC. During this broadcast, the following dialogue slipped past the censors and was aired to millions: Dr. Elliot: "When was the last time you had sexual intercourse with your wife, Lieutenant?" Detective Marino: "Now, what the fuck is it to you?"
The conversation between Liz and Peter at the end of the movie about male-to-female surgery, was filmed at the Windows on the World restaurant complex in the World Trade Center.
The museum scene was originally supposed to have voice over dialogue in it by Angie Dickinson's character.
In the late 1970s, Brian De Palma wrote a screenplay based on Gerald Walker's article "Cruising", but was unable to obtain the rights to the material. Cruising, the story of a series of brutal murders in the gay New York underworld, was subsequently adapted and directed by William Friedkin, while De Palma fashioned some of the elements from his own Cruising screenplay into Dressed to Kill. Both films were released, to great controversy (and after numerous battles with the MPAA to avoid X ratings), in 1980.
Brian De Palma specifically wrote the part of Liz Blake for his then wife Nancy Allen to play.
The flirtatious sequence with Angie Dickinson and the mystery man in the museum, lasts almost nine minutes, during which time no dialogue whatsoever is spoken.
The exteriors of the museum scene were shot in New York City. The interiors however, were shot in the Philadelphia Museum of Art (note the griffin logo on the map Angie Dickinson checks, it's their logo). The large gorilla painting that she views (called 'Reclining Nude') now resides in the office of the wholesale and retail operations manager of the museum.
Victoria Johnson volunteered to not take a credit as Angie Dickinson's body double for the shower scene. Moreover, since Johnson is a redhead, she had to dye her pubic hair blonde so she could effectively double for Dickinson in the shower scene.
Both of DePalma's films...Dressed to Kill (1980) and Carrie (1976), begin with a shower scene, and end with waking up from a dream sequence.
Brian De Palma originally wanted to begin the film with the transsexual's side of the story.
The movie originally started with the killer (disguised through lighting and clever photography) performing his own ad hoc sex change operation in the bathroom. This was changed to Angie Dickinson fantasizing in the shower.
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When an interviewer suggested to Alfred Hitchcock that Dressed to Kill (1980) was meant to be an "homage" to him, Hitchcock replied "You mean fromage". This is a put down, because "fromage" is another word for cheese.
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Brian De Palma originally wanted Liv Ullmann to play Kate Miller, but she declined.
Michael Caine's psychiatric office is located at 162 East 70th Street on Manhattan's Upper East Side.
This movie was originally rated X by the MPAA. Depalma fought the rating and eventually they brought it down to an R.
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The person who provides the voice of Bobbi is actor William Finley, a regular in Brian De Palma's films.
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It took poster photographic art director Stephen Sayadian five days to find the stiletto high heel shoes that were used in the one-sheet theatrical poster. Moreover, since said shoes were size eleven they had to be stuffed with tissue paper in order for the model to wear them.
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Average Shot Length = ~6.5 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~5.9 seconds.
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The sex scenes & graphic violence was heavily cut by the then Irish censor frank hall when first theatrically released in Ireland.
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Brian De Palma sold the script of Dressed to Kill for 1 Million dollars.
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Keith Gordon (Peter Miller) appeared in Jaws 2 (1978). Michael Caine (Dr. Elliott) appeared in Jaws: The Revenge (1987).
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Anneka Di Lorenzo's last film.
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Angie Dickinson came up with the idea to write "pick up turkey" in the book during the museum sequence. Moreover, Dickinson kept the gloves that she wore in said sequence.
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Brian De Palma considered casting his nephew Cameron as Peter.
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Dennis Franz came up with the idea for Detective Marino to chew gum.
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The gloves worn by Angie Dickinson are Isotoner.
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Ray Stark wanted to cast Suzanne Somers in the role of Liz Blake. Brian De Palma rejected the idea of Somers being cast because he specifically wrote the character for Nancy Allen.
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Bobbi calls Liz a bitch twice on Dr. Elliott's answering machine.
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When Angie Dickinson tells Keith Gordon "Well I'll let you play with your Peter", it's obviously a pun.
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Ray Stark was the original producer on Dressed to Kill.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In all scenes except the finale in Dr. Elliott's office, Bobbi is actually played by Susanna Clemm, who also portrays Detective Luce.
Despite playing a major role, Angie Dickinson only has thirty minutes of screen time.
This can be seen as an inversion of the Psycho formula. In Psycho (1960), an introverted young man and his mother are the villians. The psychiatrist is the good guy, who comes in at the end to solve the crime and explain Norman's devious serial killing/cross-dressing ways to everybody. In Dressed to Kill (1980), the psychiatrist is the bad guy, who's a devious serial killer and cross-dresser. The introverted young man and his mother, are the good guys in this version.
Perhaps as a red herring or in-joke, a person who looks identical to Dr. Elliott in drag, is seen for an instant, walking out the door as Kate first enters his office early in the film.
Controversial at the time for being misogynistic, with it's portrait of a frustrated housewife getting stalked and brutally murdered. N.O.W. organized a huge protest of this movie back in 1980, which boosted ticket sales.
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