Deathtrap 1982

Deathtrap

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When once-successful playwright Sidney Bruhl (Michael Caine) sees his latest Broadway effort bomb on its opening night, he tumbles into despair -- until he receives a package from his former student Clifford Anderson (Christopher Reeve). Inside is an unproduced script that's better than anything Sidney has written in years. At the urging of his wife, Myra (Dyan Cannon), Sidney undertakes a plan to lure Clifford to his country home, murder him and then announce the script as his own work.

Cast & Crew

Michael Caine
Sidney Bruhl
Christopher Reeve
Clifford Anderson
Dyan Cannon
Myra Bruhl
Irene Worth
Helga Ten Dorp
Henry Jones
Porter Milgrim
Joe Silver
Seymour Starger
Tony Di Benedetto
Burt (the Bartender)
Al Le Breton
Handsome actor
Jay Presson Allen
Executive Producer
Johnny Mandel
Original Music
Andrzej Bartkowiak
Cinematographer
Jack Fitzstephens
Film Editor
Tony Walton
Production Design
Edward Pisoni
Art Direction
George DeTitta Sr.
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Critic Reviews for Deathtrap

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Audience Reviews for Deathtrap

  • Jul 02, 2012
    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.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 03, 2012
    Deathtrap was fun to say the least. Alongside the silly, but daunting music and Michael Cane's terrific performance, the movie was a roller coaster ride of twists and turns. Plus, the movie mimicked a play's atmosphere, only taking place in one or two rooms the entire time.
    Sam E Super Reviewer
  • Sep 01, 2011
    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.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Oct 02, 2010
    A diabolically delicious film that is filled with devious plot twists that include deceit, murder and mayhem, it is based on Ira Levin's long-running smash hit Broadway play, it has been brilliantly brought to the screen by veteran director Sidney Lumet. Sir Michael Caine delivers a superlative star performance as Sidney Bruhi, a has-been thriller playwright who announces to his wife, beautifully played by Dyan Cannon that he intends to murder a young unknown playwright named Clifford Anderson, intriguingly played by the late Christopher Reeve and steal his brilliant new thriller play he had authored and pass the play off as his own. Excellent supporting performances by Irene Worth, Henry Jones, and Joe Silver. But the real acting tour-de-force is between Caine and Reeve who play off each other so perfectly, each of them bring a dynamic tension and dark humor to their scenes together, i personally relish Caine's performance he is so cunning, manipulative and murderously sadistic, watching this old pro work is a real pleasure. The film also benefits from the gorgeous cinematography by Andrzej Bartkowiak and the wonderful production design by Tony Walton. A wickedly witty and delightfully entertaining dark comedy thriller. Highly Recommended.
    Danny R Super Reviewer

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