A Perfect Murder

Updated June 26, 2020 | Infoplease Staff
Director:Andrew Davis
Writer:Patrick Smith Kelly
Director of Photography:Dariusz Wolski
Editors:Dov Hoenig and Dennis Virkler
Music:James Newton Howard
Production Designer:Philip Rosenberg
Producers:Anne Kopelson, Arnold Kopelson, Peter MacGregor-Scott and Christopher Mankiewicz
Warner Bros.; R; 107 minutes
Cast:Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen, David Suchet, Sarita Choudhury, Constance Towers, Michael P. Moran and Novella Nelson
Based on a play by Frederick Knott

Davis's remake of Hitchcock's 1953 nailbiter, Dial M for Murder (based on the play by Knott), actually outdoes the original. When Stephen Taylor (Douglas), a coldhearted millionaire, discovers that his trophy wife, Emily (Paltrow), is having an affair, he wants her dead. Instead of killing her himself, he hires her lover (Mortensen) to do the job. The ensuing dance of death between the three makes for slick suspense. Douglas is in his element, flashing diabolical grins. So is Paltrow, as the shaken, stalked wife who proves capable of exacting a revenge of her own.

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