Deathtrap (1982)



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Playwright Sidney Bruhl (Michael Caine) is having a tough time coming up with a successful work, but then an admiring young fan (Christopher Reeve) sends him a masterpiece. With the help of his wife (Dyan Cannon), Sidney plans to kill the man and steal his script.

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Michael Caine
as Sidney Bruhl
Christopher Reeve
as Clifford Anderson
Dyan Cannon
as Myra Bruhl
Irene Worth
as Helga Ten Dorp
Henry Jones
as Porter Milgrim
Joe Silver
as Seymour Starger
Tony DiBenedetto
as Burt, the Bartender
Al LeBreton
as Handsome Actor
Stewart Klein
as Stewart Klein
Al Le Breton
as Handsome Actor
Jeffrey Lyons
as Jeffrey Lyons
Joel Siegel
as Joel Siegel
Jenny Lumet
as Stage Newsboy
Jayne Heller
as Stage Actress
George Peck
as Stage Actor
Perry Rosen
as Stage Actor
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Critic Reviews for Deathtrap

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

Deathtrap, like many intricate stage thrillers, reveals its artifice on the screen but remains crackling good fun.

Oct 22, 2018 | Full Review…

The film is marvelous claptrap, a skillfully wrought -- indeed, over-wrought -- piece of preposterous escapist entertainment.

Apr 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Deathtrap seems an unusually skillful and satisfying example of devious entertainment. It offers as much double-crossing amusement as one can reasonably expect from a theatrical murder mystery.

Apr 24, 2018 | Full Review…

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]

Feb 19, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: 4/5

Witty thriller, particularly of interest to writers

Jun 8, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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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.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Not as great as I remembered it but I think that's due to the fact this is about crazy plot twists that came back to me while watching it. Still its a well made thriller/comedy with a great (gay) performance from Reeve, a delightfully unhinged Caine and superb direction and camera work from Lumet...even if it was full screen.

A.D. Villarreal
A.D. Villarreal

Super Reviewer

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!!

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