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Dressed to Kill (1980)

Directed by:
Brian De Palma
COUNTRY
USA

GENRE
Erotic psychological thriller

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Kledd for mord

RUNNING TIME
104 minutes

Produced by:
George Litto

Written by:
Brian De Palma


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Dr. Robert Elliott Michael Caine
Kate Miller Angie Dickinson
Liz Blake Nancy Allen
Peter Miller Keith Gordon
Detective Marino Dennis Franz
Dr. Levy David Marguiles

 

Review

Brian De Palma perfected his recurring Hitchcock homage with this psychological thriller with a hint of black comedy, starring Angie Dickinson as a sexually frustrated housewife, Michael Caine as her understanding therapist, Keith Gordon as her tech whiz son, and Nancy Allen as a high-end escort girl who gets tangled up with them all. This picture is playful in the most cinematic sense of the word, elevated by its Hitchcockian style and confidence. De Palma defies and redefines genre conventions as he takes us on a narrative tour de force of sleazy eroticism and exquisite cat-and-mouse games. There's so much going on here, both on the surface and beneath it, that you're kept constantly second-guessing. Just as American cinema bid farewell to the 1970s, the decade of the endless car chases, Brian De Palma welcomed us to the 1980s with a new form of balletic, spine-tingling foot chases to replace the former. The two such which can be found in Dressed to Kill, one in a museum and one in the subway, perfectly demonstrate De Palma's talent as a filmmaker and underscore much of what this delightful thriller is all about a mischievous interaction between the hunter and the hunted; between a filmmaker and his audience.

Copyright 26.10.2023 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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