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Plot: Millionaire industrialist Steven Taylor is a man who has everything but what he craves most: 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 fulfills her emotional needs. When her husband discovers her indiscretion, he sets out to commit the perfect murder and inherit her considerable trust fund in the bargain. Runtime: 107 mins Release Date: 04 Jun 1998
Excellent, nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat movie that's sort of like FATAL ATTRACTION (by Catherine_Grace_Zeh)
A PERFECT MURDER, in my opinion, is an excellent, nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat movie that's sort of like FATAL ATTRACTION, only it's about what can happen when your spouse has an affair. If you ask me, Steven Michael Douglas was a rather slimy fellow, sort of. It's hard for me to remember why off the top of my head. However, if you ask me, he and Emily Gwyneth Paltrow looked very nice in the attire they wore to the play at the beginning of the movie. I really didn't like Emily's short hairdo, thought. Personally, I think Gwyneth Paltrow looks better with long hair. <more>
When she unknowingly stabbed David Viggo Mortensen in the side of his neck, I was really grossed out. Before I wrap this up, I'd like to say that everyone involved did an outstanding job. Now, in conclusion, I highly recommend this excellent, nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat movie that's sort of like FATAL ATTRACTION to all you Michael Douglas or Gwyneth Paltrow fans who haven't seen it.
a great movie all around. a perfect 10 (by reelred13)
a well done thriller with good acting and a great look. Andrew Davis did a good job with the camera work and the over all look of the film. it looked clean and sleek and i loved it. the acting from everyone on the film was great too.
A classy thriller (by Rodrigo_Amaro)
A sense of class and sophistication prevails with dominance in this free remake of "Dial M for Murder" 1954 , qualities also present in the Hitchcock film but this one has a sexier and bold quality that appeals to current audiences. Whatever the case, both films are outstanding in their own ways. Simple and safe, without many complex layers to its plot, Michael Douglas plays a problematic yet controlled rich man who wants to kill his wife Gwyneth Paltrow and he asks her lover Viggo Mortensen to do the job, but it all gets messy when the man hires a third part for the task who <more>
fails with his service. In terms of thrills and chills, "A Perfect Murder" brings back all the energy Andrew Davis has given us with his greatest film, the classic "The Fugitive". Each scene goes by and you wonder what's gonna happen next, the excitement is there, positively enjoyable and never losing the rhythm. A gifted master in creating the perfect scenario for all the intrigue, the plan and the murders, Davis uses of elaborated sequences that rings a Hitchcock touch but with better effect and not so showy like some of Brian De Palma's homages. Shots and plans are in that way for a reason close-up of a random object that later on reveals its importance and their use are simply great. Watch more than once and you'll know what I'm talking about. It gets better at each view. As for the cast, he got it right again. You love to hate Michael Douglas in those roles, effortless but completely magnetic, powerful and with a certain charm that captivates the whole way through. Like Ray Milland in that classic, you sort of like want this man to succeed with his frightening plans. Gwyneth is there because no one else then could fit the role with that measured sweetness. I tried to look back at the female stars of the 1990's and couldn't think of one name that could adapt well into that criteria as the Hitchcockian blonde, in this case a more vulnerable one. Viggo has all the right qualities to play the third man, the young artist/lover with a mysterious past inclined to serve the money coming from his "enemy" instead of saving the love of his life. However, the performance that steals the show is the one given by David Suchet as the detective behind the case. Usually the villain or playing Hercule Poirot, Suchet carries a weight that works with a sense of amazement and reality, with a character dealing with some internal problems that are seen by Gwyneth's character with thoughtful respect - their exchange in a foreign language is pure charm and greatness. Today's thrillers don't have the same quality and class "A Perfect Murder" has. It's all about being fast, furious and more edgy in certain aspects, and that doesn't always work, it usually makes it look poor developed. Rewatching this film was like rediscovering a time and a genre that didn't need constant plot twists to make it more effective - it had some but they're all brilliantly executed. Call me nuts but there's pure excellence in this film. Too bad that Mr. Davis never got back on top like that again. But I still hope for more. 10/10
A Tension-Filled And Unpredictable Thriller (by Desertman84)
This happens to be a remake of the Alfred Hitchcock 1954 classic "A Perfect Murder". Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow and Viggo Mortensen star in this suspense-filled thriller about a love triangle between a rich businessman, his wife and a struggling artist.A Wall Street businessman who is currently in financial trouble has a wife,who is currently committing adultery with a struggling artist.The business Steven Taylor knows about her wife Emily's affair with the artist named David Shaw.So he decides to plan the perfect murder of killing his wife with David as a co-conspirator <more>
by paying him half a million - $100,000 now and $400,000 after Emily gets killed.The so-called perfect murder did not materialize and it did create complications among the characters involved.The movie was made almost 20 years ago.With regards to the suspense,it definitely delivered as the viewer get surprised with both the tension and the unpredictability that the screenplay has that started after the so-called "perfect murder" failed when Emily wasn't killed.That itself made the movie interesting especially on how Steven,Emily and David would end up and how their relationship with one another develop in the end.As for that performances, Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow were definitely great as husband and wife especially with the tension and mistrust that developed after an attempt on Emily was made and how each one was able to figure out the other.Overall,it was an exciting and tension-filled thriller that a viewer who loves these type of films would surely enjoy.
This is almost the perfect plan of murder. Well...It's truth that money spins and Michael in this character was one of the rich businessman I hate the most. His company'd been ruined and his business, too. In that situation he felt that he was the man who had nothing to loose so he convinced her wife's lover ,who was pretending that he was the successful painter, to kill her. Guess, who was a guy, who had the law-full right to claim all of her money fond after her death.
Thrilling well done remake (by davispittman)
1998's A Perfect Murder is a remake of the 1950s Alfred Hitchcock film, Dial M for Murder. This movie is well written, directed, and very well acted. A special shout out goes to Michael Douglas and his starring performance, I would say that he was the best out of all the actors here. But that's certainly not discounting Gwyneth Paltrow and Viggo, they were both very good too, I thought that Paltrow was particularly well casted as Emily Taylor, and Viggo was pretty good as David, not the absolute best performance I've ever seen, but good enough. The script and the dialogue between <more>
the characters was all well written in my opinion. I liked how the movie didn't seem just like a cheap way to make money, some remakes can turn out to be that way. But this remake certainly isn't a cheap way to make money, no, instead it is a well thought out entertaining movie. It's not too slow, but it's also not too fast, it has a really good pacing all the way through. The ending is very satisfying, or at least I thought it was. Overall A Perfect Murder gets a 9/10 for being a thrilling and very satisfying film. If you love thrillers and films that involve people conspiring against one another, this is definitely the one for you!
Much Better Than The Original (by ccthemovieman-1)
Boy, here's one re-make I thought was far superior to the original. The latter was "Dial M For Murder," with Ray Milland, Grace Kelly and Bob Cummings. In this film, the stars are Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow and Viggo Mortensen.The best part of this film may not be the story, or the acting, both of which keep you glued to the screen, but the stylish photography and sets. They look magnificent, mainly the apartment of the the two leads. I was constantly awed by how good this film looks.I also prefer the sequel because it has more twists and is complex enough to thoroughly <more>
enjoy every 3-4 years. Also fun are the short speeches each character gives on occasion, usually when they smugly think they have the upper hand. Each time that happens, their antagonist winds up going one up on them! There isn't much action in here but when it occurs, it's very intense.I've viewed this movie four times and the only thing that annoys me - unfortunately it's a big one - is the ending in which I don't believe justice totally prevailed. I can't wrote much more without spoiling it for those who have not seen this. One of the parties comes out looking like a 'an innocent victim" and that person was hardly a "saint." If all the parties had received just due, it would have been more satisfying and I would have rated this a 10 for how entertaining it is to watch.
A passable remake of Hicthcock's Â‘Dial M for Murder' (by MIKE-WILSON6)
A Perfect Murder a loose remake of Â‘Dial M for Murder is astylish thriller in its own right ,but doesn't come close to theoriginal. As I remember and not to give away any of the plot, Â‘DialÂ‘M' is all about the key. Where it is hidden, Who knew it was there,and who finds it. This plot line is gripping, but in Â‘Perfect Murder'this whole part of the story has been overlooked. Having said thatthe film still works quite well, thanks to Michael Douglas. He reallyis superb. Gwyneth Palthrow looks stunning, but David Suchet iswasted as the detective. But where the film really <more>
falls down is theending. In the original the last scenes are gripping in the hunt forthe key, but for some reason director Andrew Davis sees fit to endwith the standard formula of a shoot out. Having said that the filmis still worth seeing, but if you need to watch this story, Irecommend the original.
More Than Just A Remake Of An Old Movie (by seymourblack-1)
This stylish 90's thriller about a love triangle that turns murderous was based on Frederick Knott's play "Dial M For Murder" which was also the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's movie of the same name . Patrick Smith Kelly's screenplay updates the action, relocates it from London to New York and features enough plot twists to keep most viewers fully engaged throughout. The interactions between the characters at the centre of the story involve a toxic mixture of jealousy, lust, deception and blackmail which inevitably adds to the tensions which exist between them <more>
right from the very start.Steven Taylor Michael Douglas is a wealthy Wall Street trader with an unfaithful wife and an investment portfolio which is losing its value so fast that financial ruin seems to be a certainty. In order to deal with these problems he meticulously devises a complex and seemingly perfect plan to murder his wife so that he can solve his financial problems when he inherits his share of her $100 million fortune.Steven's wife Emily Gwyneth Paltrow has for some time been having an affair with a struggling artist called David Shaw Viggo Mortensen who Steven visits at his loft studio. Having already researched David's background and discovered that he's actually an ex-convict with a track record of being involved in scams in which rich women were his victims; Steven blackmails him into carrying out the planned murder for $500,000 in cash.When things don't work out as planned, Steven moves quickly to cover up what's happened, David tries to blackmail Steven because he has some incriminating evidence of his involvement in the murder plot and Emily gradually starts to realise what her husband's been attempting to do.One of the strengths of this movie is the brilliant casting as Michael Douglas is perfect as the cold and ruthless Steven, Gwyneth Paltrow portrays Emily's natural elegance, refinement and vulnerability convincingly and Viggo Mortensen looks suitably bohemian and at various times shows the mild amusement that David derives from what he does. These three characters all have their secrets as Emily doesn't tell Steven about her affair, he doesn't tell her about his financial problems and David doesn't mention his multiple identities, his criminal record or his background as a con artist."A Perfect Murder" isn't as stagy or as claustrophobic as Hitchcock's movie and the new elements which have been added really work well and make the plot more interesting. A wonderfully moody atmosphere is created and maintained throughout the film and some of the remarks made by the characters make a great impact. Examples of this are when Steven and Emily both say at different times "what if there were no tomorrow?" and "that's not happiness to see me, is it?".It's easy to see why "A Perfect Murder" was such a commercial success because it's actually a great deal more than just a simple remake of a well known movie.