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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

This is the first of two Alfred Hitchcock remakes that Viggo Mortensen is in, the second one being Psycho (1998). They were also both released in the same year (1998). See more »

Goofs

David wouldn't have been allowed to enter Canada and cross international lines with a gun and $400,000.00 in cash. See more »

Quotes

Steven: [irritated for being forced by David to meet in a crowded diner] What do you want?
David Shaw: The rest of my money.
Steven: [scoffs] You didn't fulfill your end of the bargain, did you?
David Shaw: So?
Steven: So, what do I get?
David Shaw: You get the "super fine thing", might even call it the "legitimately sublime."
Steven: What exactly is this "super fine thing?"
David Shaw: You're looking at it, it's called "time outside of prison" old partner, and you can't beat it with a stick.
Steven: Exactly how much time does four hundred thousand dollars buy me?
David Shaw: Whatever the ...
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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 (1981) See more »

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Black Alley Rap
Written by Chris 'Hambone' Cameron, Richard Davis, and Stevie Butler
Performed by Stevie Butler
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Perfect Thriller
27 July 2003 | by Luigi Di PillaSee all my reviews

Don´t miss this thriller. It's one of the best of Michael Douglas and Gwynieth Paltrow. Viggo Mortensen played his role as a villain lover very well. It was well directed by the master Andrew Davis. Please create another good movie. The story is very hot from the begin to the end and the music by James Newton Howard was as usual perfect. I will add this one to my best of dvd collection. I highly recommend it and check out "Falling Down" with Michael Douglas. 7.5/10.


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