A Perfect Murder

A Perfect Murder

Andrew Davis (1998)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


A businessman is furious to discover his wife is having an affair and wants his revenge. He decides to have her murdered - and then exercises his twisted sense of irony by hiring her unwitting lover, an impoverished artist, to do the deed. Remake of the Hitchcock thriller Dial M for Murder, starring Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen and David Suchet.

Cast & Crew

Steven Taylor Michael Douglas
Emily Bradford Taylor Gwyneth Paltrow
David Shaw Viggo Mortensen
Det Mohamed Karaman David Suchet
Raquel Martinez Sarita Choudhury
Det Bobby Fain Michael P Moran
Ambassador Alice Wills Novella Nelson
Jason Gates Will Lyman
Director Andrew Davis
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Drug abuse, a sex scene and nudity, edited for some of its language and violence. Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 16 Oct 1998