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While taking a shower, Kate Miller, a middle-aged, sexually frustrated New york housewife, has a rape fantasy while her husband stands at the sink shaving. Later that day, after complaining to her psychiatrist Dr. Robert Elliott about her husband's pathetic performance in bed, she meets a strange man at a museum and returns to his apartment where they continue an adulterous encounter that began in the taxicab. Before she leaves his apartment, she finds papers which certify that the man has a venereal disease. Panicked, Kate rushes into the elevator, but has to return to his apartment when she realizes she's forgotten her wedding ring. When the elevator doors open, she's brutally slashed to death by a tall blonde woman wearing dark glasses. Liz Blake, a high-priced call girl, is the only witness to the murder and she becomes the prime suspect and the murderess's next target. Liz is rescued from being killed by Kate's son Peter, who enlists the help of Liz to catch his mother's killer as Detective Marino who's in charge of the case is uncooperative in the investigation.
The Latest Fashion In Murder
Title: Dressed To Kill
Release Date: July 25, 1980
Runtime: 105 mins
All Genres: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 7.1
Buried.com Rating: 8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With D
MPAA Rating: X
Brian De Palma
Michael Caine ...Doctor Robert Elliott
Angie Dickinson ...Kate Miller
Nancy Allen ...Liz Blake
Keith Gordon ...Peter Miller
Dennis Franz ...Detective Marino
David Margulies ...Dr. Levy
Ken Baker ...Warren Lockman
Susanna Clemm ...Betty Luce
Brandon Maggart ...Cleveland Sam
Amalie Collier ...Cleaning Woman
Mary Davenport ...Woman in Restaurant
Anneka Di Lorenzo ...Nurse (as Anneka De Lorenzo)
Norman Evans ...Ted
Robbie L. McDermott ...Man in Shower
Bill Randolph ...Chase Cabbie
Sean O'Rinn ...Museum Cabbie
Fred Weber ...Mike Miller
Samm Art Williams ...Subway Cop
Robert Lee Rush ...Hood #1
Anthony Boyd Scriven ...Hood #2
Robert McDuffie ...Hood #3
Frederick Sanders ...Hood #4
Wendell Hauser ...
Tony Devon ...Man in Museum
William Finley ...Bobbi (voice)
Erika Katz ...Girl in elevator
Mark Margolis ...Patient at Bellvue Hospital
Lisa Peluso ...Museum Girl
Jerry Schram ...Building Tenant
Samuel Z. Arkoff
Fred C. Caruso
Brian De Palma
More Movie Taglines:
- The Latest Fashion In Murder
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- Brian De Palma Master Of The Macabre, Invites You To A Showing Of The Latest Fashion... .....In Murder
- Ela Pinta Os Lábios. Penteia Os Cabelos. Esconde Os Olhos Por Detrás De Óculos Escuros. Deixa Cair A Navalha Dentro Da Mala De Mão E Sorri... (Portuguese)
- Voice of Bobbi: Don't make me be a bad girl again!
Liz Blake: Thank god, straight fucks are still in style!
Doctor Robert Elliott: Doctor, I am not paranoid.
Liz Blake: Do you want to fuck me? Doctor Robert Elliott: Oh, yes. Liz Blake: Then why don't you? Doctor Robert Elliott: Because I'm a doctor and... Liz Blake: Fucked a lot of doctors. Doctor Robert Elliott: ...and I'm married. Liz Blake: Fucked a lot of them, too.
[last lines] Peter Miller: Look, Liz, I've got to get home and get to work. Liz Blake: Gee, I'm gonna miss having you on my tail. You made me feel kind of safe. Peter Miller: Want to come home with me? I'd love the company. Liz Blake: Wouldn't Mike mind? Peter Miller: Mike's out of town on a business trip. We've got plenty of room. Liz Blake: Great. I could sure use the vacation. Peter Miller: Good, good. I'll get the check.
- Brian De Palma originally wanted Liv Ullmann to play Kate Miller, but she declined.
Michael Caine's psychiatric office is located at 162 East 70th Street on Manhattan's Upper East Side.
In the late 1970s, Brian De Palma wrote a screenplay based on Gerald Walker's article "Cruising", but was unable to obtain the rights to the material. Cruising, the story of a series of brutal murders in the gay New York underworld, was subsequently adapted and directed by William Friedkin, while De Palma fashioned some of the elements from his own Cruising screenplay into Dressed to Kill. Both films were released, to great controversy (and after numerous battles with the MPAA to avoid X ratings), in 1980.
As a young man, De Palma, at his mother's urging, actually followed his father and used recording equipment to try and catch him with another woman. That incident inspired this film.
The exteriors of the museum scene were shot in New York. The interiors however, were shot in the Philadelphia Museum of Art (note the griffin logo on the map Angie Dickinson checks, it's their logo). The large gorilla painting that she views (called 'Reclining Nude') now resides in the office of the wholesale and retail operations manager of the museum.
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