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A Perfect Murder (1998)

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A wealthy Wall Street speculator discovers that his wife has a lover. He investigates him and uses the carrot and stick to make him murder his wife. Planned to detail, it seems like a perfect murder.

Director:

Andrew Davis

Writers:

Frederick Knott (play), Patrick Smith Kelly (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Douglas ... Steven Taylor
Gwyneth Paltrow ... Emily Bradford Taylor
Viggo Mortensen ... David Shaw
David Suchet ... Mohamed Karaman
Sarita Choudhury ... Raquel Martinez
Michael P. Moran Michael P. Moran ... Bobby Fain
Novella Nelson ... Ambassador Alice Wills
Constance Towers ... Sandra Bradford
Will Lyman ... Jason Gates
Maeve McGuire Maeve McGuire ... Ann Gates
Stephen Singer ... Effete Man at Met
Laurinda Barrett Laurinda Barrett ... Met Woman #1
Aideen O'Kelly Aideen O'Kelly ... Met Woman #2
Reed Birney ... Merchant Prince #1
Robert Vincent Smith ... Merchant Prince #2
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Storyline

Millionaire industrialist Steven Taylor is a man who has everything but what he craves most: the love and fidelity of his wife. A hugely successful player in the New York financial world, he considers her to be his most treasured acquisition. But she needs more than simply the role of dazzling accessory. Brilliant in her own right, she works at the U.N. and is involved with a struggling artist who fulfills her emotional needs. When her husband discovers her indiscretion, he sets out to commit the perfect murder and inherit her considerable trust fund in the bargain. Written by [ dark angel grace ]

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Taglines:

A powerful husband. An unfaithful wife. A jealous lover. All of them have a motive. Each of them has a plan. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

5 June 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dial M for Murder See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,615,704, 7 June 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$67,638,368

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$128,038,368
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Elizabeth Hurley was considered for the role of Emily Bradford Taylor. See more »

Goofs

When Emily is questioned at the police station, her turtleneck sweater keeps moving around. Sometimes it's unrolled practically up to her eyes, while other times it's pushed down to her chin. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
[after listening to the tape of the murder plan]
Emily: [crying, while sitting in Steven's chair] He... he said he was going to kill me. So I tried to run.
Mohamed Karaman: [while sitting on Steven's desk] And then he attacks you?
Emily: Yes.
Mohamed Karaman: What else could you do?
[Emily looks at Karaman with gratitude]
Mohamed Karaman: [In Arabic] May God be with you.
Emily: And you as well.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD includes alternate endings in which the protagonists behave differently prior to the final denouement. See more »

Connections

Version of Dial M for Murder (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Velvet Night
Written by Chris 'Hambone' Cameron and Richard Davis
Performed by Jeff Morrow
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My wife liked it
21 March 2001 | by mm-39See all my reviews

This is a good movie, the more I watch it the more I like it. When I first viewed this movie I thought it was ok, but when we bought the video it began to grow on me. The acting is excellent, and the story twists along at a good pace. Douglas is a good actor and his performance alone is worth renting this film.


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