Dressed to Kill

Dressed to Kill

Brian De Palma (1980)

X Certificate


Our Score
Brian De Palma does his witty Hitchcock imitation again, but here adds his own trademark layers of macabre black comedy and visual ingenuity to the Psycho-influenced proceedings. Sex-starved housewife Angie Dickinson's attempt to grab a little excitement leads to a lethal situation, into which her son Keith Gordon and prostitute Nancy Allen (then the director's wife) are swiftly dragged. An eyebrow-raising performance from Michael Caine keeps this clever shocker moving along nicely, and De Palma's brilliant sleight-of-hand direction pulls out all the suspense stops, providing some unforgettable jolts. Pino Donaggio's marvellous score is a major plus, too.


A psychiatrist joins forces with a prostitute to investigate the murder of a patient, a frustrated middle-aged housewife who indulged her fantasies by embarking on an extramarital affair and was subsequently killed. Brian De Palma's thriller, starring Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen, Keith Gordon and Dennis Franz.

Cast & Crew

Dr Robert Elliott Michael Caine
Kate Miller Angie Dickinson
Liz Blake Nancy Allen
Peter Miller Keith Gordon
Detective Marino Dennis Franz
Dr Levy David Margulies
Warren Lockman Ken Baker
Cleveland Sam Brandon Maggart
Bobbi Susanna Clemm
Mike Miller Fred Weber
Director Brian De Palma
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence, swearing, a sex scene and nudity.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray