Deathtrap

Deathtrap

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Director: Sidney Lumet

Cast: Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve, Dyan Cannon

     
 

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Sidney Lumet provides another of his film adaptations of Broadway successes -- in this case Ira Levin's 1978 clever Broadway murder mystery that starred John Wood in a triumphant turn as down-on-his-luck playwright Sidney Bruhl. Wood's brittle airiness is replaced in the film version by Michael Caine's smoldering bitterness. Sidney Bruhl is a successful writer of

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Sidney Lumet provides another of his film adaptations of Broadway successes -- in this case Ira Levin's 1978 clever Broadway murder mystery that starred John Wood in a triumphant turn as down-on-his-luck playwright Sidney Bruhl. Wood's brittle airiness is replaced in the film version by Michael Caine's smoldering bitterness. Sidney Bruhl is a successful writer of Broadway mystery plays who was at one time considered the Neil Simon of Broadway mystery writers. Unfortunately, Bruhl is now struggling to live up to his own reputation, suffering through a series of four consecutive flops. But then Bruhl comes upon the manuscript of a brilliant suspense drama written by unknown writer Clifford Anderson (Christopher Reeve). Bruhl, desperate for a hit play, invites Clifford to come to see him, telling him that he is interested in collaborating with him on the play. Actually, Bruhl plans to murder Clifford and pass off Clifford's play as his own. What Bruhl doesn't know, however, is that Clifford has some surprise plot points of his own up his sleeve.

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:
11/20/2012
UPC:
0883316610022
Original Release:
1982
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Archives
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Sales rank:
14,458

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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