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A Kind of Murder (2016)

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In 1960s New York, Walter Stackhouse is a successful architect married to the beautiful Clara who leads a seemingly perfect life. But his fascination with an unsolved murder leads him into a spiral of chaos as he is forced to play cat-and-mouse with a clever killer and an overambitious detective, while at the same time lusting after another woman.

Director:

Andy Goddard

Writers:

Susan Boyd (screenplay by), Patricia Highsmith (based on the novel "The Blunderer" by)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Wilson ... Walter Stackhouse
Jessica Biel ... Clara Stackhouse
Haley Bennett ... Ellie Briess
Eddie Marsan ... Marty Kimmel
Vincent Kartheiser ... Det. Laurence Corby
Jon Osbeck ... Jon Carr
Radek Lord ... Tony Ricco
Christine Dye ... Claudia
Kelly Mengelkoch Kelly Mengelkoch ... Helen Kimmel
Corrie Danieley ... Betty Ireton
Ian Short Ian Short ... Bill Ireton
Ken Strunk ... Mr. Philpott
Jennifer Enskat ... Mrs. Philpott
Buz Davis Buz Davis ... Detective Harvey
Barry Mulholland ... Captain Millard
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Storyline

A psychological noir thriller set in 1960's New York based on Patricia Highsmith's novel, 'The Blunderer'. Walter Stackhouse is rich, successful and unhappily married to the beautiful but damaged Clara. His desire to be free of her feeds his obsession with Kimmel, a man suspected of brutally murdering his own wife. But when Clara is found dead in suspicious circumstances, Walter's string of lies and his own guilty thoughts seem enough to condemn him. As his life becomes dangerously entwined with Kimmel's, a ruthless cop is increasingly convinced he has found a copycat killer in Walter and aims to nail both murderers.

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From the Novel by Patricia Highsmith.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Blunderer See more »

Filming Locations:

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$978, 18 December 2016

Gross USA:

$2,915

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$91,149
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Production Co:

Killer Films See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A large majority of this movie was filmed in a small town on the Ohio river called New Richmond, Ohio See more »

Goofs

When Clara tells Walter that she'll go see a psychiatrist, she rushes over and embraces him with her hand on his lower torso. When the shot changes, her hand has moved high up on his chest. See more »

Quotes

Kimmel: Proof is not the key thing. It's doubt.
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Connections

References BUtterfield 8 (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

El Palito
Written by Jesus A. Perez-Alvarez
Performed by Jesus 'El Nino' Alejandro (as Jesus Alejandro 'El Nino')
Courtesy of Indart Music
Under License from Latin Music Specialists
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Hints of De Palma but then the story ends up going nowhere
20 December 2016 | by randymcbeastSee all my reviews

This was a beautifully shot film and at points I thought I was watching a Brian De Palma film, but all of that went out south in the last ten minutes.

The story had built up nicely and I was salivating at the prospect of a wild twist of an ending. The cast and the acting were all top notch and it held up nicely as the period piece it intended to be, but then things started going haywire and it all just fell apart.

It really seemed as if the movie perhaps ran out of money in the budget and then they just slapped together some incoherent garbage and called it a day. There has to be some explanation. I mean, the first hour plus of the movie was really well done so what the heck happened? It's a shame too because with the right editing it could have been great.


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