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Deathtrap

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Deathtrap (1982)

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A wickedly amusing who'll do it.

The trap is set... for a wickedly funny who'll-do-it.


Deathtrap is a 1982 thriller based on Ira Levin's play of the same name, directed by Sidney Lumet from a screenplay by Levin and Jay Presson Allen.
The cast includes Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve, Dyan Cannon, Irene Worth and Henry Jones. Real-life movie and theatre critics Stewart Klein, Jeffrey Lyons and Joel Siegel have cameo appearances as themselves.


eathtrap has an aggregate rating of 73% at Rotten Tomatoes.[1]
Cannon was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for "Worst Supporting Actress" for her performance. Mad Magazine parodied the film as Deathcrap.
The kissing scene between Sidney and Clifford is not in the original play. In his book The Celluloid Closet, gay film historian Vito Russo reports that Reeve said that the kiss was booed by preview audiences in Denver, Colorado and estimated that a Time magazine report of the kiss spoiled a key plot element and cost the film $10 million in ticket sales.[citation needed] The controversy over the kiss inspired the Tom Smith song "Two Guys Kissin' (Ruined My Life)."


Sidney Lumet provides another of his film adaptations of Broadway successes -- in this case Ira Levin's 1978 clever Broadway murder mystery that starred John Wood in a triumphant turn as down-on-his-luck playwright Sidney Bruhl. Wood's brittle airiness is replaced in the film version by Michael Caine's smoldering bitterness. Sidney Bruhl is a successful writer of Broadway mystery plays who was at one time considered the Neil Simon of Broadway mystery writers. Unfortunately, Bruhl is now struggling to live up to his own reputation, suffering through a series of four consecutive flops. But then Bruhl comes upon the manuscript of a brilliant suspense drama written by unknown writer Clifford Anderson (Christopher Reeve). Bruhl, desperate for a hit play, invites Clifford to come to see him, telling him that he is interested in collaborating with him on the play. Actually, Bruhl plans to murder Clifford and pass off Clifford's play as his own. What Bruhl doesn't know, however, is that Clifford has some surprise plot points of his own up his sleeve.

Release Date: March 19, 1982

Distrib: Warner Brothers


Release Date: $19,282,134 2013: $53,517,800

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