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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 »

Quotes

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

References BUtterfield 8 (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

I Can't Escape From You
Written by Leo Robin and Richard A. Whiting (as Richard Whiting)
Performed by Haley Bennett
Arrangement by Julie Spangler
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A movie that tried everything it could to be tense and almost DePalma like, but failed.
25 February 2017 | by Tony HeckSee all my reviews

"I'd say he did it. I've worked it out." After an unsolved murder rocks a small town, Walter Stackhouse (Wilson) becomes fascinated by it and starts to do his own investigation. He is also struggling in his marriage to Clara (Biel) and she is becoming suspicious of what he is doing in his free time. After Clara is found dead Walter becomes a suspect himself and his whole life begins to unravel. This is a movie that tried everything it could to be tense and noir-like, but it never quite got there. It was a little generic and for me it was just really a struggle to get into. The acting is OK but there was just something about this movie that didn't seem to click with me. There was enough twists to make it somewhat interesting, but really just hard to connect with. Overall, a movie that tried everything it could to be tense and almost DePalma like, but failed. I give this a C+.


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