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The Perfect Murder (1988)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Thriller, Action | 2 March 1990 (USA)
Police Inspector Ghote lives a middle-class life in Bombay along with his wife, Pratima. He has been employed with the Bombay Police for many years. His wife is generally disgruntled and ... See full summary »

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H.R.F. Keating (screenplay), Zafar Hai (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Naseeruddin Shah ... Inspector Ghote
Stellan Skarsgård ... Axel Svensson
Amjad Khan ... Lala Heera Lal
Madhur Jaffrey ... Mrs. Lal
Annu Kapoor ... Tiny Man
Archana Puran Singh ... Miss Twinkle
Dalip Tahil ... Dilip Lal
Dinshaw Daji Dinshaw Daji ... Mr. Perfect
Johnny Walker ... Jain
Mohan Agashe ... A.C.P. Samant
Rajesh Vivek ... Zero Police
Ratna Pathak Shah ... Pratima Ghote
Salim Ghouse ... Caste-Marks Goonda
Sameer Kakkad Sameer Kakkad ... Felix Sousa
Vinod Nagpal ... Minister
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Police Inspector Ghote lives a middle-class life in Bombay along with his wife, Pratima. He has been employed with the Bombay Police for many years. His wife is generally disgruntled and wants a better life. He is assigned to investigate the deadly assault on a Parsi man named Perfect, who is the Secretary of Lala Heera Lal, a wealthy man with underworld links. Inspector Ghote commences his investigation and is displeased when his superiors ask him to work with a Swedish Forensic Expert by the name of Axel Svennson. Axel is thrilled to get a closer look at the working of the Bombay Police, but also realizes that Ghote may not be one of their best police officers. When their friendship develops, he gets invited to Ghote's house, and gets to meet Pratima. Their investigation, though Prima Facie simple enough, takes them through turns and twists that both had not expected - including corridors of power and corruption - and finally to the conclusion and the unmasking of the culprit(s) ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Not Rated
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Country:

UK | India

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Täydellinen murhaaja See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Karan Kapoor was the first choice to play Stellan Skarsgard's role. But the director decided against it because he thought Karan was a bad actor. See more »

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Average spoof - a few laughs
4 July 2005 | by Saman PereraSee all my reviews

I purchased this DVD as it was a Merchant and Ivory Collection piece and hoping for a good Sunday evening bed time view. I wasn't disappointed and the movie generates some beautiful sceneries and life a far with strange paradoxes in a complex Bombay society. The story is quite similar in fashion and form to Red Heat (1988), and the Rush Hour series of movies. The plot is ridiculous and the screenplay rather dull and nothing ever fits together to solve the riddle as you would like to in this movie. But the laughs are a plenty akin to more to the bumbling Inspector Clouseau genre. Acting is better than the screenplay and the chemistry between the two detectives could be better. The DVD is very sparse and why Criterion ever got involved I am not sure. The transfer is disappointing and somewhat grainy.


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