Deathtrap ()

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A Broadway playwright puts murder in his plan to take credit for a student's play.


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Sidney Bruhl
Clifford Anderson
Myra Bruhl
Helga ten Dorp
Porter Milgrim
Seymour Starger
Tony DiBenedetto ...
Burt, the Bartender
Al LeBreton ...
Handsome Actor
Francis B. Creamer Jr. ...
The Minister (as Rev. Francis B. Creamer Jr.)
Stewart Klein ...
Stewart Klein
Jeffrey Lyons
Joel Siegel
Stage Newsboy
Jayne Heller ...
Stage Actress
George Peck ...
Stage Actor
Perry Rosen ...
Stage Actor

Directed by

Sidney Lumet

Written by

Ira Levin ... (based on the stage play by)
Jay Presson Allen ... (screenplay by)

Produced by

Alfred De Liagre Jr. ... associate producer
Burtt Harris ... producer
Jay Presson Allen ... executive producer

Music by

Johnny Mandel

Cinematography by

Andrzej Bartkowiak ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Jack Fitzstephens ... (as John J. Fitzstephens)

Editorial Department

Andrew Mondshein ... assistant editor (as Andrew S. Federman)

Production Design by

Tony Walton

Art Direction by

Edward Pisoni

Set Decoration by

George DeTitta Sr.

Costume Design by

Tony Walton

Makeup Department

Colleen Callaghan ... hair stylist (as Coleen Callaghan)
Joe Cranzano ... makeup artist
Tony Lloyd ... makeup artist

Production Management

Joseph M. Caracciolo ... unit manager
Jennifer Ogden ... unit production manager (as Jennifer M. Ogden)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Burtt Harris ... first assistant director
Mark McGann ... second assistant director
Duncan Scott ... dga trainee

Art Department

Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr. ... props (as Joseph Caracciolo Jr.)
George DeTitta Jr. ... set dresser
Edward Garzero ... scenic artist
John Oates Jr. ... prop master (as John Oates)
Carlos Quiles ... construction foreman (as Carlos Quiles Sr.)
Joe Williams Sr. ... construction grip
Bill Gold ... poster designer (uncredited)
Richard Shelton ... painter (uncredited)

Sound Department

Lee Dichter ... re-recording mixer
Al Nahmias ... sound editor
James Sabat ... sound mixer
Louis Sabat ... boom operator
Rick Shaine ... sound editor
Jess Soraci ... sound editor
Mel Zelniker ... adr recordist (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

Bran Ferren ... special visual effects


Von Deming ... stunts (uncredited)
Andy Epper ... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Epper ... stunts (uncredited)
Jeannie Epper ... stunts (uncredited)
Donna Garrett ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Garrett Brown ... steadicam operator
Louis Goldman ... stillman
Michael Green ... second assistant cameraman
Dave McClean ... rig electrician
Richard Reis ... assistant cameraman
William H. Steiner ... camera operator (as William Steiner)
Louis S. Toth Jr. ... dolly grip (as Louis Toth)
Dusty Wallace ... gaffer
Robert Ward ... key grip (as Bobby Ward)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Marilyn Bishop ... wardrobe
Dona Granata ... assistant: Mr. Walton
Ron Knopf ... wardrobe
James Roberts ... wardrobe (as Jim Roberts)

Music Department

Robert Fernandez ... score mixer (uncredited)
Malcolm McNab ... trumpet soloist (uncredited)
Angela Morley ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Martha Pinson ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

Michael Fennell ... transportation captain (as Michael J. Fennell)

Additional Crew

Alfred De Liagre Jr. ... stage producer (as Alfred de Liagre Jr.)
Lilith Jacobs ... assistant: Mr. Lumet
Gabrielle Kelly ... assistant: Mrs. Allen
Ellen Levene ... unit publicist
Randee Lois Smith ... production office coordinator
Roger L. Stevens ... stage producer
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

To make Sidney's slump all the more painful, Clifford Anderson, a student of one of Sidney's writing seminars, has recently sent his mentor a copy of his first attempt at playwrighting for Sidney's review and advice. The play, "Deathtrap", is a five character, two-act thriller so perfect in its construction that, as Sidney says, "A gifted director couldn't even hurt it." Using his penchant for plot, and out of his desperate desire to once again be the toast of Broadway, Sidney, along with Myra, cook up an almost unthinkable scheme: They'll lure the would-be playwright to the Bruhl home, kill him, and market the sure-fire script as Sidney's own. But shortly after Clifford arrives, it's clear that things are not what they seem. Even Helga Ten Dorp, a nosey psychic from next door, and Porter Milgram, Sidney's observant attorney, can only speculate where the line between truth and deception lies. Written by Craig C. Bailey

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Taglines Join us for an evening of lively fun... and deadly games. [UK Theatrical] See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Ira Levin's Deathtrap (United States)
  • Death Trap (World-wide, English title)
  • Ira Levin's Deathtrap (United Kingdom)
  • Piège mortel (France)
  • Deathtrap - Das Mörderspiel (Germany)
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  • 116 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $2,238,977, 21 Mar 1982

Did You Know?

Trivia When this movie was made and released, Christopher Reeve was at the peak of his fame as a result of playing the title character in "Superman (1978)" and "Superman II (1980)," and was about to appear in "Superman III (1983)." Reeve accepted the role of Clifford Anderson because it had nothing to do with either Clark Kent or Superman, and he wished to avoid being typecast by his superhero persona. During the making of this movie, he said, "I've had a lot of training as an actor, and I want to use it." See more »
Goofs When Sidney has the Deathtrap script and threatens to throw it into the fireplace, the fire isn't lit. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Porky's/El Salvador: Another Vietnam/Das Boot/Deathtrap/Richard Pryor: Live On The Sunset Strip (1982). See more »
Crazy Credits Murderous weapons by Eoin Sprott. See more »
Quotes Sidney Bruhl: Why make it anywhere? Why make it?
Clifford Anderson: Hahaha, because it's there, Sidney!
Sidney Bruhl: That's mountains, not plays! Plays are not there until some asshole writes them!
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