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A Perfect Murder [DVD] [1998] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Michael Douglas , Gwyneth Paltrow , Andrew Davis    DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen, David Suchet, Sarita Choudhury
  • Directors: Andrew Davis
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Nov 1998
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305128928
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,451 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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The husband (Michael Douglas) is a currency trader whose portfolio value is going right down the drain. The wife (Gwyneth Paltrow) is the heiress to a $100 million fortune. The marriage is not a happy one, but the promise of long-term affluence keeps them together. The wife pursues an affair with an artist (Viggo Mortenson) who gives her all the passion she doesn't get at home, and when the husband finds out, well ... someone's going to pay with their life. Who will the unlucky one be? We wouldn't dare spoil the elegant plot twists of this devious thriller, but it's well known that Douglas excels at portraying greedy characters with ice in their veins. Here, it's easy to assume that Douglas has pulled off, as the title implies, a killing that nobody will ever pin on him. But this is the kind of glossy thriller (loosely inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder) that delights in disrupting your expectations, so it grabs your attention right up to the final scene. It's a bit too cold really to draw you in but with its able cast and stylish direction by Andrew Davis, this less-than-perfect murder thriller is still definitely worth a look. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MONEY TALKS... 7 Sep 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
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect film 28 Nov 2005
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First class thriller 26 Feb 2005
Thoroughly absorbing thriller, with Michael Douglas at his ruthless, sharp suited (a la "Wall Street") futures broker best and well matched by Gwyneth Paltrow as his wife. Slickly directed and compelling to the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I recently reviewed Michael Douglas in The Game which was part of an excellent box set Game The / Perfect Stranger / Identity (15) (NEW DVD).

There is no doubt that he can perform any acting role with great flair,humour,anguish or any other emotion called for by the director.

Here he is extremely believable once again playing the menacing husband to Gwyneth Paltrow's naive wife who is having an affair with struggling opportunist Viggo Mortensen.
Quite soon Douglas manipulates Mortensen into a plot to murder his rich but unfaithful wife.
But of course in true Hitchcockian style nothing goes quite to plan and director Andrew Davis formulates a terrific thriller that the master would be proud of.

After all this is a remake of Dial M for Murder [1954] [DVD],regarded as one of Alfred Hitchcocks many classics.

Well worth a watch and an excellent addition to anybodys thriller collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect thriller! 28 Sep 2013
By ReviewBlog51 TOP 500 REVIEWER
There have been a quite few patchy modern updates of Hitchcock classics over the years, luckily 'A Perfect Murder' is not one of them. Based on Hitchcock's 'Dial M For Murder', this 1998 thriller boasts an impressive cast and is directed by Andrew Davis ('Under Siege', 'The Fugitive' and 'Chain Reaction').

To the outside world, slimy businessman Steven (Michael Douglas) and his beautiful, much younger wife Emily (Gwenyth Paltrow) seem to be like the perfect married couple. However, Emily embarks on an affair with a handsome young painter called David (played by Viggo Mortensen). Emily intends to tell Steven of her infidelities and that she is going to leave him, but what she doesn't know is Steven is already aware of the affair and Mortensen's motives aren't based on love. Steven has a plan, and that plan is to murder his own wife, with more than a little help from her lover.

I LOVE this film. Very few thrillers can grab my attention for the full two hours like this one did. The acting is first class (a special mention must go to David Suchet, a fine actor and is obviously (as he is perhaps best known for playing Poirot) at home as the suspicious detective, and the many twists and turns throughout the story run at a good pace. I can't help feeling a little sorry for Michael Douglas' character though, cheating is wrong, and a reason to want to seek revenge, but is hardly the excuse for murder (which should never be the reason for anything) of course.

I think 'A Perfect Murder' is a first rate thriller and should please fans of Hitchcock movies. It's a compelling movie and will keep you engrossed until the end. Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thats not happiness to see me is it? Try surprise.
A wonderful Hitchcockian type thriller with some superb performances. I saw this in the cinema and I had to buy on DVD it's THAT good. Read more
Published 19 days ago by BigAl82
3.0 out of 5 stars I thought Gordon Gekko married Sean Young?...
Millionaire industrialist Steven Taylor is a man who has everything but what he craves most is the love and fidelity of his wife. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost "perfect" murder
Stephen and Emily Taylor seem to have the perfect life of wealth, elegance and privilege -- until Stephen hires his wife's lover to murder her. Read more
Published 1 month ago by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
I have seen this film myself and though it excellent , so bought it as a present for a family member, who I knew would thoroughly enjoy it too. (they did!)
Published 1 month ago by amanda briscoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Twists and Turns
A highly enjoyable movie with an excellent cast and a story with ample twists and turns. This is a clever "remake" of the earlier Hitchcock "Dial M For Murder"... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Fleur
3.0 out of 5 stars Money matters
This 1998 film is based on the Hitchcock Film "Dial M for MUrder" with the action transposed to USA where Michael Douglas plays a wealthy Wall Street trader whose down on... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Walter Yeo
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this film!
Great film, so full of mystery and deceit, anything that keeps you on the edge of the seat that's full of twists and turns in the plot line is perfect for a film night!
Published 7 months ago by Katherine543
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Murder
I thought I had already seen this film but couldn't remember it and it is another one to add to my collection.
Published 8 months ago by patricia jenkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film, but not brilliant
Really expected more from this film,it was good but if I had seen it at the movies I would not have bought it,to watch again.
Just no excitement and very predictable.
Published 10 months ago by Tina Flintoff
5.0 out of 5 stars Sinister
I am not an out and out fan of Michael Douglas but he can certainly inject some tension into a film. Read more
Published 11 months ago by PeeJay
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