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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 »

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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, 16 December 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,806, 23 December 2016
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Killer Films See more »
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DTS | SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Biel was pregnant with her first child while filming. Father is husband Justin Timberlake. 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

Walter Stackhouse: Come on, come on, come on!
Clara Stackhouse: You are a sex maniac.
Walter Stackhouse: You used to love my mania. Come on, let's try to remember. Why don't we start by christening every room in this house?
Clara Stackhouse: Please, Walter. Not tonight. Can't you just go to sleep?
Walter Stackhouse: Ah, god. When is it going to fucking end, Clara? Why are you so unhappy?
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Connections

References BUtterfield 8 (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Ja, Ja-Ja
Written by Anna Duran
Performed by Mongo Santamaria
Courtesy of Original Jazz Classics
By Arrangement with Concord Music Group, Inc.
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A nothing experience
14 February 2017 | by jtindahouseSee all my reviews

I've become a real fan of Patrick Wilson in recent years. He's put his name to a lot of quality movies. Sadly, this is not of them. There was an idea that could have worked somewhere in the mix here, but it just got bogged down under an immensely boring story. The period the film is set in, the characters and the bland dialogue all do nothing more than put you to sleep.

The film does pick up the pace a touch in the final third, but by then it's too late. Most have already switched off and those that haven't no longer care. The mystery side of things is poorly conceived as well. Thing's that we are meant to be curious about we already know the answer to, and things that we might genuinely care to know are never answered.

'A Kind of Murder' is a very bleak experience that achieves nothing it sets out to. How a film with the word "murder" in the title can ever turn out quite so boring I'm not sure, but this one manages it. Nothing to see here, watch some of Wilson's other fantastic work from previous years instead.


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