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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.

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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:

Husband. Wife. Lover. A Dangerous Affair. A Perfect Murder. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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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

Steven: [standing in front of Steven's desk] I'm sure someone with your resume will be able to come up with an alibi in no time.
David Shaw: I'm sure someone with my resume would just take the money and run.
Steven: I'll bet you four hundred thousand more you don't.
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Alternate Versions

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

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A passable remake of Hicthcock's ‘Dial M for Murder'
12 July 2001 | by MIKE-WILSON6See all my reviews

A Perfect Murder ( a loose remake of ‘Dial M for Murder ) is a

stylish thriller in its own right ,but doesn't come close to the

original. As I remember and not to give away any of the plot, ‘Dial

‘M' is all about the key. Where it is hidden, Who knew it was there,

and who finds it. This plot line is gripping, but in ‘Perfect Murder'

this whole part of the story has been overlooked. Having said that

the film still works quite well, thanks to Michael Douglas. He really

is superb. Gwyneth Palthrow looks stunning, but David Suchet is

wasted as the detective. But where the film really falls down is the

ending. In the original the last scenes are gripping in the hunt for

the key, but for some reason director Andrew Davis sees fit to end

with the standard formula of a shoot out. Having said that the film

is still worth seeing, but if you need to watch this story, I

recommend the original.


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