A Perfect Murder

  • 15
  • Andrew Davis (1998)
  • US
  • 102 min
A Perfect Murder
Film Review
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2 out of 5

Dial M for Murder was not one of Hitchcock's best movies, but this remake isn't even in the same league, despite the appeal of its two stars, Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow. Douglas takes the Ray Milland role here, plotting the demise of his beautiful, wealthy wife, Paltrow (played by Grace Kelly in the original), by getting her lover, Viggo Mortensen, to murder her for a $500,000 fee. So far so good, but things quickly come unglued. So, too, does Andrew Davis's direction, which sometimes fails to maintain the tension of the first hour, while the script seems more interested in making obvious points about life and art in the late 1990s.

Plot Summary

Mystery thriller based on the play Dial M for Murder, starring Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow. Wall Street financier Steven Taylor suspects his rich young wife of having an affair and, with her personal fortune at stake, decides to hire someone to commit the perfect killing.

Cast and crew


Steven Taylor
Michael Douglas (1)
Emily Bradford Taylor
Gwyneth Paltrow
David Shaw
Viggo Mortensen
Detective Mohamed Karaman
David Suchet
Raquel Martinez
Sarita Choudhury
Detective Bobby Fain
Michael P Moran
Ambassador Alice Wills
Novella Nelson


Andrew Davis

Other Information

Drug abuse, a sex scene and nudity, edited for some of its language and violence.
Available on video and DVD
Released 16 Oct 1998
Certificate 15