Dressed to Kill Poster

Release Date: July 25th, 1980

DVD Release Date: August 28th, 2001

R|1 hr 45 min

Plot Summary
When Liz Blake (Nancy Allen), a prostitute, sees a mysterious woman brutally slay homemaker Kate Miller (Angie Dickinson), she finds herself trapped in a dangerous situation. While the police think Liz is the murderer, the real killer wants to silence the crime's only witness. Only Kate's inventor son, Peter (Keith Gordon), believes Liz. Peter and Liz team up to find the real culprit, who has an unexpected means of hiding her identity and an even more surprising motivation to kill.

Cast: Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen, Keith Gordon, Dennis Franz, David Margulies, Ken Baker, Brandon Maggart

Director: Brian De Palma

Genres: Thriller

Production Co: Filmways Pictures

Distributors: Warner Home Vídeo, GoodTimes Home Video [us], Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.

Keywords: Mystery, Investigation, Son, New York City, Pursuit, Husband, 1980s

Ratings & Reviews

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  • A stylish, violent thriller about a sexually frustrated woman (Angie Dickinson), whose fantasies lead to a murder mystery. Directed by Brian De Palma ("Carrie"). Effective, but not for the kids. [1 Aug 1980, p.4-10] show more

  • The pleasures of Dressed to Kill flat out do not translate to print, but for what it’s worth it is the most perfectly-directed film ever, provided you, like me, bust into orgasmic laughter when De Palma’s double-shuffling editing makes it seem like the only threat Nancy Allen and a wooden cop can see boarding the subway is a 250-pound bag lady. show more

  • Stylish, intriguing, and very violent. show more

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