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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 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 ... 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.


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

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Trivia

Based on the story by Patricia Highsmith, the same novelist who wrote the stories and books for which the terrific movies The Talented Mr. Ripley, Carol, Strangers on A Train, and The Two Faces of January. 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

I Don't Care
Written by Raymond Dahrouge
Performed by Ray & The Darchaes
Courtesy of Westwood Music Group
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Great start, rubbish ending.
27 December 2016 | by BoristhemoggySee all my reviews

I wasn't that interested in this film in the first 10 minutes, then I realised that Patrick Wilson was acting quite well, the direction was good and the sets were totally authentic. The story whilst nothing new or exciting was solid enough, and by about half way there I was well into it. Who dunnit, why did they, are they gonna get caught, I was having a drink and thoroughly enjoying it until the end. Yeah the end just came, out of the blue, from nowhere. And not only that, but it left me wondering, what the heck happened then? Who did what and why? The biggest anti climax in a very long time. I gave it 4 stars but that really was for the great acting from Wilson and Marsan, and the excellent filming. It's lucky to get that tbh because of the way it abruptly came to an end.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Kind of Murder 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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Killer Films See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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