• A Perfect Murder (1998)

A Perfect Murder

Release Date: 1998

DVD Release Date: November 3rd, 1998

R |1 hr 45 min

Plot Summary

Wall Street baron Steven Taylor (Michael Douglas) discovers that his pretty young wife, Emily (Gwyneth Paltrow), is cheating on him. But what concerns him more than her infidelity is the hope of profiting from her untimely death. Emily has millions, and Steve's own financial empire is collapsing before his eyes. He hires her lover, David (Viggo Mortensen), to murder her. The plan -- to stage a break-in that will look like a random murder -- turns out to be far from perfect.

Cast: Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen, David Suchet, Sarita Choudhury, Constance Towers, Michael P. Moran, Novella Nelson

Director: Andrew Davis

Genres: Thriller

Production Co: Kopelson Entertainment, Warner Bros. Pictures

Keywords: Melodramatic , Forbidden love , New York City , 1990s , Escape , Love triangle , Revenge , Wife , Temptation , Suspenseful ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

    There's nothing about this thriller to prevent it from soon becoming enmeshed in the memory with others in which Michael Douglas wears a starched collar and grits his teeth. show more

  • 63
    Liam LaceyThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    By the head-scratching dénouement, the "perfect" in the title seems particularly misplaced. How about Dial M for Muddle. show more

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    I think it works like a nasty little machine to keep us involved and disturbed; my attention never strayed, and one of the elements I liked was the way Paltrow's character isn't sentimentalized. show more

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