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A Perfect Murder [VHS] [1998]

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  • Actors: Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen, David Suchet, Sarita Choudhury
  • Directors: Andrew Davis
  • Writers: Frederick Knott, Patrick Smith Kelly
  • Producers: Anne Kopelson, Arnold Kopelson, Christopher Mankiewicz, Lisa Reardon, Lowell D. Blank
  • Format: Download: Palm Reader
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Oct. 1999
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CYE7
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 302,032 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Remake of Hitchcock's 'Dial M for Murder' (1954). The marriage of UN administrator Emily Taylor (Gwyneth Paltrow) and bond dealer Steven Taylor (Michael Douglas) is not a happy one. For some months Emily has been having an affair with struggling artist David Shaw (Viggo Mortensen), unaware that Steven knows all about it. In fact, Steven knows more about David's past than Emily - he has discovered that her lover is in fact an ex-convict who makes money from wealthy women. Steven thus sets in motion an elaborate murder plot, deliberately making David's acquaintance and then paying him to kill Emily.

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Corey Newcombe on 5 Mar. 2014
Format: DVD
Millionaire industrialist Steven Taylor is a man who has everything but what he craves most is the love and fidelity of his wife.

A hugely successful player in the New York financial world, he considers her to be his most treasured acquisition.

But she needs more than simply the role of dazzling accessory.

Brilliant in her own right, she works at the U.N. and is involved with a struggling artist who fulfils her emotional needs.

When her husband discovers her infidelity, he sets out to commit murder and inherit her considerable trust fund in the bargain.

Back in the nineties, even though he is arguably brilliant, with the exception of Falling down, Douglas played the same character in every film he made.

It's not a bad thing, but this movie should have simply been Wall Street 2, and Gekko has escaped from prison and wants his wife's money, wouldn't have been a remake to the Hitchcock classic and would have made more money.

For what it's worth, it's still one of those glossy thrillers that were rife in the cinemas in the late nineties, all about money and power.

Paltrow and Mortenson are very good, but what this film does ask, is who are 'you' rooting for? At times I must admit it was Douglas, because Paltrows character was introduced in the worse way possible, but then Douglas became more and more pantomime villain up until the predictable climax.

The film isn't nothing special, Douglas owns the film as usual, and it's very flashy, and very expensive, but forgettable.
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