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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.



(screenplay by), (based on the novel "The Blunderer" by)





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Walter Stackhouse
... Clara Stackhouse
... Ellie Briess
... Marty Kimmel
... Det. Laurence Corby
... Jon Carr
... Tony Ricco
... Claudia
Kelly Mengelkoch ... Helen Kimmel
... Betty Ireton
Ian Short ... Bill Ireton
... Mr. Philpott
... Mrs. Philpott
Buz Davis ... Detective Harvey
... Captain Millard


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.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

16 December 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Blunderer  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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When Hayley Bennett's character Ellie is singing in the club, it is actually Haley Bennett who sings the song "I can't Escape from You". See more »


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References BUtterfield 8 (1960) See more »


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Written by Anna Duran
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A movie that tried everything it could to be tense and almost DePalma like, but failed.
25 February 2017 | by See 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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