A Perfect Murder (1998)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Sarita Choudhury Raquel Martinez
Sarita Choudury
Michael Douglas Steven Taylor
Will Lyman Jason Gates
Maeve McGuire Ann Gates
Viggo Mortensen David Shaw
Novella Nelson Ambassador Alice Wills
Michael P. Moran Det. Bobby Fain
Gwyneth Paltrow Emily Bradford
David Suchet Det. Mohamed Karaman
Constance Towers Sandra Bradford
Movie Details
Genre Thriller
Director Andrew Davis
Producer Anne Kopelson; Arnold Kopelson
Writer Frederick Knott; Patrick Smith Kelly
Studio Warner Brothers
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 105 mins
Country USA
Color Color
IMDb Rating 6.4
A Perfect Murder is based on Frederick Knott's play Dial M for Murder, filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1954. Married to commodities trader Stephen Taylor (Michael Douglas), Emily Bradford (Gwyneth Paltrow) is romantically involved with artist David Shaw (Viggo Mortensen). Aware of this affair, Stephen researches David's past, visits his loft studio, and informs David that he knows about his aliases, jail sentences, and various cons and scams directed at rich women. Then Stephen offers David $500,000 to murder Emily, and David agrees. The plan is calculated to make the murder look like an accident, but events soon go on an unscheduled course. Enter Detective Mohamed Karaman (David Suchet). Knott's original play opened June 1952 in London, followed by a New York run that began October 1952. Several books and sources describe how Hitchcock's film was made in 3-D but neglect to mention that, despite trade screenings in 3-D, Dial M for Murder was originally released in 1954 with ordinary, flat 2-D prints. It was finally shown to audiences in 3-D during the mid-'80s. — Bhob Stewart
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 312
Collection Status In Collection
Links All Movie Guide
Amazon US
DVD Empire
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Standard 1.33:1 Color
Layers Dual side, Single layer
UPC 085391664321
Chapters 32
Release Date 2/8/2005
Subtitles English; French
Packaging Snap Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Dolby Widescreen