A Perfect Murder


A Perfect Murder

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A slick little thriller that relies a bit too much on surprise events to generate suspense.



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A Perfect Murder is based on Frederick Knott's play Dial M for Murder, filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1954. Married to commodities trader Stephen Taylor (Michael Douglas), Emily Bradford (Gwyneth Paltrow) is romantically involved with artist David Shaw (Viggo Mortensen). Aware of this affair, Stephen researches David's past, visits his loft studio, and informs David that he knows about his aliases, jail sentences, and various cons and scams directed at rich women. Then Stephen offers David $500,000 to murder Emily, and David agrees. The plan is calculated to make the murder look like an accident, but events soon go on an unscheduled course. Enter Detective Mohamed Karaman (David Suchet). Knott's original play opened June 1952 in London, followed by a New York run that began October 1952. Several books and sources describe how Hitchcock's film was made in 3-D but neglect to mention that, despite trade screenings in 3-D, Dial M for Murder was originally released in 1954 with ordinary, flat 2-D prints. It was finally shown to audiences in 3-D during the mid-'80s. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

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Michael Douglas
as Steven Taylor
Gwyneth Paltrow
as Emily Bradford Taylor
Viggo Mortensen
as David Shaw
David Suchet
as Det. Mohamed Karaman
Sarita Choudhury
as Raquel Martinez
Constance Towers
as Sandra Bradford
Michael P. Moran
as Det. Bobby Fain
Novella Nelson
as Ambassador Alice Wills
Will Lyman
as Jason Gates
Maeve McGuire
as Ann Gates
Stephen Singer
as Effete Man at Met
Laurinda Barrett
as Met Woman #1
Aideen O'Kelly
as Met Woman #2
Reed Birney
as Merchant Prince #1
Robert Vincent Smith
as Merchant Prince #2
Bill Ambrozy
as Merchant Prince #3
George S. Blumenthal
as Merchant Prince #4
Iris Alten
as Guest at Met
Marion Blumenthal
as Guest at Met
Andrew Sussman
as Guest at Met
Robynn N. Sussman
as Guest at Met
Radney Tucker
as Guest at Met
Beverly Tucker
as Guest at Met
Bradford Billet
as Guest at Met
Robert Bosco Cokljat
as Croatian Delegate
Marat Yusim
as Russian Delegate
Lee Wong
as Japanese Diplomat
Roberta Orlan
as Italian Diplomat
Francis Dumaurier
as French Delegate
Deen Badarou
as African Delegate
Jean De Baer
as Secretary
Michel Moinot
as Maitre d'
Monica Parker
as Janice Moran
Scott Dillin
as Detective Scott
Starla Benford
as Police Technician
Bob Bowersox
as Police Photographer
Joanna Adler
as Vyczowski
James Georgiades
as Policeman #2
Jose Ramon Rosario
as Policeman #1
Gerry Becker
as Roger Brill
William Bogert
as Harrington
Adrian Martinez
as Young Tough
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Critic Reviews for A Perfect Murder

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Audience Reviews for A Perfect Murder


Modern version of Hitchcock movie 'Dial M for Murder'. A rich wife Emily (Gwyneth) has an affair with a shady artist (Viggo). Her husband Steven (Michael) finds out and blackmails his wife's lover into killing her. It would have been the perfect murder but it does not all go to plan. Great cast. Great plot. Viggo actually painted the paintings in the loft.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

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A typical mid-90's thriller with the murders and the twists and the mystique and the sexual tension. But hey....I like the mid-90's thrillers...they get the money rolling. Pretty okay movie.

Martin Sahlin
Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer


I really wanted to enjoy this movie. It looks amazing on paper, but it just wasn't anything special. The plot started off quite nice, but became an incredibly cheesy and typical ending. I am extremely sick of movies that have to end with the good guy/girl winning. I think the idea that you can remake Dial M for Murder and make it better or even on par is an utter joke. Even with actors like Michael Douglas and Viggo Mortensen, you can't top Hitchcock.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer


A very good thriller with a great well established cast. Pity David Suchet didn't get a bit more screen time though. Has some good twists but nothing you don't really expect to be honest. Definitely worth a watch though.

Dean King
Dean King

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