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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Steven Taylor
... Emily Bradford Taylor
... David Shaw
... Mohamed Karaman
... Raquel Martinez
Michael P. Moran ... Bobby Fain
... Ambassador Alice Wills
... Sandra Bradford
... Jason Gates
Maeve McGuire ... Ann Gates
... Effete Man at Met
Laurinda Barrett ... Met Woman #1
Aideen O'Kelly ... Met Woman #2
... Merchant Prince #1
... 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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A powerful husband. An unfaithful wife. A jealous lover. All of them have a motive. Each of them has a plan. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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Release Date:

5 June 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dial M for Murder  »

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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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Trivia

One of three movies where Michael Douglas' character works in Wall Street. The other two being Wall Street (1987) and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) where he plays Gordon Gekko, a ruthless stockbroker. See more »

Goofs

If David had a reservation to go to Canada to cross international lines he would have to use his legal name to go through customs. Therefore when the travel agent calls to confirm his reservation she would request to speak to "Winston", which is his legal name and not "David" which is his alias. See more »

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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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Referenced in Zlaté casy: Jirí Bartoska (2017) See more »

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Velvet Night
Written by Chris 'Hambone' Cameron and Richard Davis
Performed by Jeff Morrow
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Imperfect remake of clever stage thriller...
11 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

Hitchcock's DIAL M FOR MURDER was based on the Frederick Knott play of the same name. A PERFECT MURDER takes elements from the play, makes alterations in scenes and characters, changes the ending, and in attempting to modernize the whole thing has added some extra gore to the proceedings so today's audiences won't feel cheated. And yet, the result is not only distinctly disappointing, but inferior.

Only fans of Gwyneth Paltrow and Michael Douglas will relish their performances in this pale rehash of the original material. The complexity of "the key under the stairmat" which was so effectively played out in the Hitchcock film is entirely missing here. The detective work so fascinating in the original play and film is also gone despite the fact that he is played by David Suchet (in a very underwritten role). In short: none of the revisions are any improvement. Nor does Viggo Mortensen impress as Paltrow's lover.

Those who haven't seen the movie or the play DIAL M FOR MURDER will no doubt find some of this absorbing enough--but anyone able to make a comparison is bound to be disappointed. I'll take Ray Milland-Grace Kelly-Robert Cummings under Hitchcock's direction any day over a misguided Paltrow and Douglas under Andrew Davis' direction.

As for the comments of the viewer who said, "Who's Hitchcock?", please...spare me your review.


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