Deathtrap Poster

Release Date: 1982

DVD Release Date: July 27th, 1999

PG|1 hr 55 min

Plot Summary
When once-successful playwright Sidney Bruhl (Michael Caine) sees his latest Broadway effort bomb on its opening night, he tumbles into despair -- until he receives a package from his former student Clifford Anderson (Christopher Reeve). Inside is an unproduced script that's better than anything Sidney has written in years. At the urging of his wife, Myra (Dyan Cannon), Sidney undertakes a plan to lure Clifford to his country home, murder him and then announce the script as his own work.

Cast: Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve, Dyan Cannon, Irene Worth, Henry Jones, Joe Silver, Tony Di Benedetto, Al Le Breton

Director: Sidney Lumet

Genres: Mystery

Production Co: Warner Bros.

Keywords: Temptation, Marriage, Deception, Wife, 1980s, Suspenseful, Husband, Creative, Melodramatic, Pursuit

Ratings & Reviews

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  • As a psychological thriller, it's not so much either thrilling or psychological as it is wonderfully absurd. [25 Mar 1982]

  • This is an extremely faithful film adaptation of Ira Levin's gimmicky stage play. show more

  • Deathtrap is a wonderful windup fiction machine with a few modest ambitions: It wants to mislead us at every turn, confound all our expectations, and provide at least one moment when we levitate from our seats and come down screaming. show more

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