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Deathtrap (1982)

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DVD Release Date
• R1: Feb 1, 1999

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Running Time
1 hour, 56 minutes

Country USA

Studio Warner Brothers

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• Deathtrap
• Ira Levin's Deathtrap (1982)

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Genre: Crime, Mystery, Comedy, Murder, Gay/Lesbian, Marriage, Psychic, Black Comedy, Suspense

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

Plot: Sidney Lumet faithfully adapts Ira Levin’s witty play of intertwining intentions and duplicitous loyalties in his stinging thriller DEATHTRAP. Set in the glittering milieu of New York’s Hamptons, the film stars Michael Caine as Sidney Bruhl, a washed-up writer of Broadway hit thrillers reeling from the unmitigated flop of his most recent play. Upon returning to his wife, Myra--a heart-murmur-afflicted, pill-popping, and incredibly wealthy hysterical played to great effect by Dyan Cannon--Sidney reveals that to add to his chagrin, a former student (Christopher Reeve) has sent him his brilliant first play, entitled DEATHTRAP. Much to his wife’s dismay, Sidney concocts a mad scheme to lure the young playwright out to East Hampton and then promptly kill him in order to claim the play as his own. When the wheels of Sidney’s plan are set in motion, the three characters launch into a tense, high-pitched game of double entendres, hidden intentions, and unexpected twists. The genre's typical propensity for reversals is magnified tenfold as DEATHTRAP begins to feed upon its own script, taking the characters on a blind ride through sheer suspense and manipulation. Caine, Cannon, and Reeve turn in bravado performances that inject the already taught script with fine-tuned tension and raise

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 Directed by
Sidney Lumet
12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico
 Written by
Ira Levin
The Stepford Wives, Rosemary's Baby, Sliver
Jay Presson Allen
Marnie, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Prince of the City
Michael Caine
Batman Begins, Austin Powers in Goldmember, The Cider House Rules
Christopher Reeve
Superman, The Remains of the Day, Superman II
Dyan Cannon
Caddyshack II, Kangaroo Jack, Heaven Can Wait
Irene Worth
Onegin, Eyewitness, Lost in Yonkers
Henry Jones
Vertigo, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Arachnophobia
Joe Silver
Rabid, Shivers, Switching Channels
Tony DiBenedetto
Splash, Family Business, Marked for Death
 Music By
Johnny Mandel
Caddyshack, Being There, The Verdict

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