Deathtrap

Deathtrap

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Director: Sidney Lumet

Cast: Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve, Dyan Cannon

     
 

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Essentially a filmed play, Deathtrap isn't essential viewing but it is smartly directed on basically a single location by Sidney Lumet and features another superb performance by Michael Caine in the lead role. Released relatively early in the DVD cycle, the Warner Home Video release of Deathtrap leaves a lot to be desired. The movie comes in theSee more details below

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Essentially a filmed play, Deathtrap isn't essential viewing but it is smartly directed on basically a single location by Sidney Lumet and features another superb performance by Michael Caine in the lead role. Released relatively early in the DVD cycle, the Warner Home Video release of Deathtrap leaves a lot to be desired. The movie comes in the pan-and-scan full-screen format only while the Dolby Digital 2.0 audio track is more acceptable. On top of this, the disc doesn't feature any DVD extras but it is a budget-priced release so expect a widescreen edition of Deathtrap to be released in the future.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Sidney Lumet's cinematic adaptation of Ira Levin's Deathtrap is reminiscent of Sleuth. A great number of plot twists happen to very few characters in more or less a single location. Those that dislike the film will dismiss it as uncinematic, stagy, and talky. Those that admire Deathtrap will describe it as literate, claustrophobic, and tense. Both groups are correct. The film lives and dies on the strength of its performances and the quality of the gasps triggered in the audience from the shocking plot twists. Michael Caine is solid as the blocked mystery writer, Dyan Cannon does a fine hysterical routine, and Christopher Reeve is fiendishly enjoyable playing far against type. The first big surprise works beautifully, but the "big twist" at the end fails to measure up with the power of what came before. Deathtrap works more often than it doesn't, making it an enjoyable if slight experience.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/27/1999
UPC:
0085391125624
Original Release:
1982
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:56:00

Special Features

Interactive menus; Scene access; Languages: English and Français

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Caine Sidney Bruhl
Christopher Reeve Clifford Anderson
Dyan Cannon Myra Bruhl
Irene Worth Helga Ten Dorp
Henry Jones Porter Milgrim
Joe Silver Seymour Starger
Tony di Benedetto Burt, the Bartender
Francis B. Creamer Minister
Perry Rosen Stage Actor
Al Le Breton Handsome Actor
Stewart Klein Himself
Jeffrey Lyons Himself
Joel Siegel Himself
Jenny Lumet Stage Newsboy
Jayne Heller Stage Actress
George Peck Stage Actor

Technical Credits
Sidney Lumet Director
Jay Presson Allen Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Andrzej Bartkowiak Cinematographer
Joseph M. Caracciolo Production Designer
Bran Ferren Special Effects
John J. Fitzstephens Editor
Burtt Harris Asst. Director,Producer
Johnny Mandel Score Composer
Edward Pisoni Art Director
James J. Sabat Sound/Sound Designer
Tony Walton Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Jump To A Scene
1. Credit armory. [1:32]
2. Another crock by that putz. [2:19]
3. The critics weigh in. [1:46]
4. Even a gifted director. [5:43]
5. About Helga Ten Dorp. [3:35]
6. An invitation. [6:45]
7. Between us two hacks. [5:04]
8. Let's collaborate. [3:56]
9. Trying out handcuffs. [6:21]
10. By the throat. [3:23]
11. "I want you to leave." [3:43]
12. Helga's vibes. [3:59]
13. Feels like real death. [4:36]
14. Something down there. [5:05]
15. Something out there. [2:40]
16. Cleaning up. [3:08]
17. Porter's visit. [5:11]
18. Suspicious legal mind. [2:37]
19. The drawer's contents. [3:18]
20. The play's the thing. [4:51]
21. You can trust me. [6:05]
22. A toast to Deathtrap. [2:00]
23. Helga's warning. [5:16]
24. Playacting. [3:25]
25. The upper hand. [2:54]
26. Reversal. [6:25]
27. One man down. [3:33]
28. A spot of trouble. [1:34]
29. Final curtain. [1:13]
30. "Waste not, want not." [1:39]
31. End Credits. [2:04]

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