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Deathtrap (1982)

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Sidney Lumet provides another of his film adaptations of Broadway successes -- in this case Ira Levin's 1978 clever Broadway murder mystery that starred John Wood in a triumphant turn as down-on-his-luck playwright Sidney Bruhl. Wood's brittle airiness is replaced in the film version by Michael Caine's smoldering bitterness. Sidney Bruhl is a successful writer of Broadway mystery plays who was at one time considered the Neil Simon of Broadway mystery writers. Unfortunately, Bruhl is now

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Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy

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Ira Levin, Jay Presson Allen

Jul 27, 1999

Warner Bros. Pictures

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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (3) | DVD (2)

It would be criminal to reveal how the plot unfolds, other than to say it's impressive dramatic origami, manipulated deftly by an ideal cast and one of Hollywood's all-time top directors. [Blu-ray]

February 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Apesar do desfecho decepcionante, sobrevive graças às boas reviravoltas, à direção intrigante de Lumet e às formidáveis atuações de Caine e Reeve.

May 10, 2011
Cinema em Cena

Witty thriller, particularly of interest to writers

June 8, 2004
Reel.com

Deathtrap is a literate, swiftly paced and engrossing screen adaptation of Ira Levin's Broadway smash.

February 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Offbeat parlor mystery that still holds up pretty well.

July 26, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

What eventually shines through, is how clever and manipulative the script is.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Deathtrap

Whoever stars in this banana peel of a whodunnit is only second banana to this script-about-a-script opus, meant to jerk you about like an amusement park ride. The stars are present merely to be targets and frequently look about wondering how much more time they have before the script kills them off. Cute.
July 2, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

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A good thriller, Caine is great in these kinds of movies. I wouldn't have thought of casting Reeve, though, but he's not bad, and played his character well. A few of the plot twists are a little predictable if you watch a lot of thrillers, but the ending is very surprising. This movie is a lot of fun, and I recommend watching it.
September 1, 2011
ajv2688

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I dont know whether this was good or not it was differnatly different in the way it was written and executed but it was weird and with some jumpy bits so maybe you'll like it maybe not its a bit like marmite!!
April 24, 2009
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