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.
PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Warner Bros. Pictures

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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
Joel E. Siegel
as Himself
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 (12) | Top Critics (1)

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]

Full Review… | February 19, 2013
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 9, 2011
Cinema em Cena

Witty thriller, particularly of interest to writers

June 8, 2004

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

Full Review… | February 4, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Offbeat parlor mystery that still holds up pretty well.

July 25, 2002

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

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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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

Super Reviewer

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

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