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5.0 out of 5 stars MONEY TALKS...
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,...
Published on 7 Sep 2003 by Lawyeraau

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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.

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...
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MONEY TALKS..., 7 Sep 2003
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Lawyeraau (Balmoral Castle) - See all my reviews
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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. Michael Douglas is excellent as Steven Taylor, a cool and collected ruthless character who has sacrificed his very humanity to greed, power, and conspicuous consumption. He will stop at nothing to get what he wants. It is a role similar to that of Gordon Gekko, the character that Douglas played to critical acclaim in Oliver Stone's film, "Wall Street".
It is Gwyneth Paltrow's performance, however, that is the most notable. She infuses the role of Emily with a surprising strength and vulnerability, creating a sympathetic character. This is no easy task, considering that her character, a gloriously wealthy, gorgeous woman who is two-timing and deceiving her husband. Considering her husband, however, it is understandable. She does, however, seem to be looking for love in all the wrong places, as her lover has his own issues.
Viggo Mortensen gives an excellent performance as Emily's lover, David. It appears, however, that Emily may have picked a lover not all that different from her husband. Viggo Mortensen plays his part both hot and cold, as he is clearly conflicted by what Steven has asked him to do, despite the fact that it will give him what he originally set out to get. He manages, however, to turn the table on Steven, only to have Steven turn the table on him.
Sarita Choudhury gives a warm performance as Emily's friend, Raquel Martinez. David Suchet of Hercule Poirot fame effectively plays the part of the wily detective, Mohamed Karaman, who comes into the picture when Emily is almost murdered and is most sympathetic towards Emily.
All in all, this is a wonderful film that those who enjoy thrillers and murder mysteries will enjoy having in their personal collection. Bravo!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaing - and Gwyneth Paltrow Steals the Spotlight, 6 Sep 2004
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Douglas is equally at home playing the good or bad guy, 1 Jan 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect thriller!, 28 Sep 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars duggie at his best, 30 Oct 2010
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a great film with twists and turns, clever little plot
mike douglas is a fine actor and brings great charactor to the film
i find it rare for douglas to be in a bad film or role
Gwen paltrow gives another good performance as dugggies suffering wife, revenge can be sweet
this film is a must for putting the feet up in front of the fire on a rainy night

tommy from dublin
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "perfect for whom", 16 April 2007
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish and absorbing, 27 Aug 2006
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This is a great movie - entertaining, full of twists and turns and is beautifully underplayed. Not excessive in its violence, but packed with intrigue and moments that had us scrunching the cushions and on the edge of our seats.

Michael Douglas is brilliantly cold and classy, Viggo Mortensen keeps you in a permanent quest to work out what he is thinking and what he will do next. Gwyneth Paltrow and David Suchet are superb in their respective roles of potential victim and suspicious police officer.

This is a great thriller, very loosely based on the classic "Dial M for Murder", and makes a great evening's viewing. If you like a good murder mystery, you will enjoy spending a couple of hours with this stylish and absorbing film. I commend it to you!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant remake of a Hitchcock classic!, 7 Sep 2000
Michael Douglas is millionaire Steven Taylor who finds out that his wife (Gwyneth Paltrow) is sleeping with ex con-cum artist (Viggo Mortensen). Instead of confronting his wife's lover with fisticuffs, he offers him a hefty sum if he will off his wife. Directed by The Fugitive's Andrew Davis, A Perfect Murder is the Perfect slick thriller with Paltrow giving a winning performance as the cheating wife and Douglas' villain being suitably devilish and evil.
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