A Perfect Murder 1998

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(59) IMDb 6.5/10

Inspired by Hitchcock's seminal Dial M for Murder, this thriller features society heiress Emily who's married to successful Steven. She is due to inherit a $100 million trust fund. But an adulterous affair by Emily with David gives Steven a chance to outwit them for the big prize.

Starring:
Michael Douglas,Gwyneth Paltrow
Runtime:
1 hour, 43 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller
Director Andrew Davis
Starring Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow
Supporting actors Viggo Mortensen, David Suchet, Sarita Choudhury
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Sept. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
This glossy, stylish, and elegant remake of Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 film, "Dial M for Murder", forges its own identity, as it leaves behind the theatrical underpinnings of the original film. Screenwriter Patrick Smith Kelly offers up an intelligent, well written script with some surprising twist and turns. Beautifully directed by Andrew Davis (The Fugitive, Under Siege, The Package), the film delicately weaves its ingenious plot.
Steven Taylor (Michael Douglas) is a driven, wall street tycoon whose wife, Emily Bradford Taylor (Gwyneth Paltrow) is an heiress, fabulously wealthy in her own right. They live in a lavishly appointed apartment in Manhattan. The only fly in their ointment, or so it seems, is that Emily is having a love affair with a down and out artist, David Shaw (Viggo Mortensen).
It seems, however, that there is a dark side to the relationship between Steven and Emily, as Emily is decidedly unhappy with it. Moreover, unbeknownst to Emily, her artist boyfriend is not all that he appears to be nor is her husband, Steven, who is not as rich as he purports to be. Apparently, a series of bad investments have left him with margin calls that are set to leave him on the brink of bankruptcy. What's a guy to do?
Well, if you are like Steven Taylor, a ruthless, self-absorbed creep, you look to get your wife's money, at all costs. He knows about his wife's lover and will seek to use him, making David an offer he can't refuse. This decision sets in motion a cat and mouse game that leaves the viewer wondering, just who is the cat and who is the mouse? Who will live and who will die?
This is a solid thriller that will keep the viewer riveted to the screen. Excellent performances are given by all.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Robinson on 6 Sept. 2004
Format: DVD
This is a good movie and well worth the watch. Michael Douglas plays a familiar role similar to his early 1987 Wall Street Gordon Geiko role but now much more sinister, and Gwyneth Paltrow plays his younger and slightly gullible trophy wife who is searching for happiness.
The movie tells how she is taken in by an artist, and how her husband Douglas reacts. His acting is good, but not up to the level of some of his earlier roles, which would be hard for him to match in every movie. Gwyneth is likeable and adds some zing.
I watched the movie because of Douglas, but as the movie progresses the center of attention seems to shift from Michael towards Gwyneth, a more recent Oscar winner, because of her believable acting and her sympathetic role. So even with the less than a great new role for Douglas, the movie is entertaining. It is definitely worth a watch, especially for Douglas fans, which includes myself plus I am now a budding Paltrow fan.
This is a minimalist movie, and although the credits (see the Amazon movie info above) lists many actors, there are really only four characters of note in the play, i.e.: the two stars both Oscar winners along with the artist and a police detective. It is the type of movie that lends itself to being just a short play since most of the action takes place in just two apartments. The movie is set in New York city, and the director manages to work in a few local attractions such as Penn Station, the Staten Island Ferry, some skyline, and some museums. But the New York scenes are just a bonus, like icing on a cake, and the movie really hangs on the stars and their interactions. It is a good drama with some surprising turns.
Highly recommend but just 4 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Caz04 on 16 April 2007
Format: DVD
We soon establish that the "heroin" Gwyneth Paltrow (who is extremely rich and works for the United Nations) is having an affair with a young man (Vergo Mortenson) an up and coming artist. Her husband, Michael Douglas is a business man who by all accounts married her for her money. On the surface he is attentive and loving but her description of him to her friend Raquel is that he is manipulative. As the film unfolds we find out that he is in financial difficulties and has been a part of some unlawful dealings. He has discovered his wife's infidelity and constructs the opportunity to confront Mortenson and offer him a deal of 100,000$ to kill his wife, or he will tell her of Mortenson's lurid past, (swindling older women out of their money). Mortenson however, although at first shocked, fits in well with the deal and agrees to the murder. The plan is to go ahead the following night.

Things don't go entirely according to plan and Paltrow does not meet her demise. The film twists and turns to its final conclusion. David Suchet plays the detective with an interesting personality

The acting is exceptional with the 4 main actors working together well. The plot hints slightly of Dial M for Murder with the clue honing in on the door key to the apartment.

Well acted and highly enjoyable film.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RACHELLE on 28 Nov. 2005
Format: DVD
This is the third time I've seen the film. Each time I've enjoyed it as much as the last. This time I rented it so that my husband could see it for the first time. He loved it too. You just don't know, right up until the last minute, how it's going to end.Michael Douglas is just as good as he was in Falling Down, The Game etc etc. Rent it!!
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