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A Perfect Murder Movie Review Summary

Actors: Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen, David Suchet

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This 1998 thriller, loosely based on Hitchcock's “Dial M For Murder,” shows Steven Taylor (Douglas) in his trademark wheeler-dealer role with Gwyneth Paltrow as his trophy wife, Emily. Their marriage, shaky to begin with, is further fractured when Steven learns Emily has been sleeping with David Shaw (Mortensen), a bohemian artist who is actually a career con man. Steve blackmails David into murdering Emily, but she turns the tables and kills the intruder with a meat thermometer to the neck. When the face beneath the ski mask is not David's, Steven has to deal with his suspecting wife, David who is now blackmailing him, as well as mounting financial problems. There is a tender scene when Emily surprisingly expresses sentiments in Spanish with the detective (Suchet).
The review of this Movie prepared by Angry Jim Magin








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1980's-1999 Crime & Police Story?    -   Yes Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Kind of story:    -   adultery Criminal enemy is...    -   crazed boy/girlfriend/family member

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   trader Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)

Setting

City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Misc setting    -   fancy mansion    -   prison    -   moving train    -   building

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   gory visuals of deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   sex under blankets Kind of violence:    -   guns    -   knives Unusual forms of death    -   impaled Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing Is this movie based on a    -   play

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