A Perfect Murder
|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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