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Dressed to Kill (1980)

A mysterious blonde woman kills one of a psychiatrist's patients, and then goes after the high-class call girl who witnessed the murder.

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Cleaning Woman
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Woman in Restaurant
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Nurse (as Anneka De Lorenzo)
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Ted
Robbie L. McDermott ...
Man in Shower
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Storyline

While taking a shower, Kate Miller, a middle-aged, sexually frustrated New York City housewife, has a rape fantasy while her husband stands at the sink shaving. Later that day, after complaining to her psychiatrist Dr. Robert Elliott about her husband's pathetic performance in bed, she meets a strange man at a museum and returns to his apartment where they continue an adulterous encounter that began in the taxicab. Before she leaves his apartment, she finds papers which certify that the man has a venereal disease. Panicked, Kate rushes into the elevator, but has to return to his apartment when she realizes she's forgotten her wedding ring. When the elevator doors open, she's brutally slashed to death by a tall blonde woman wearing dark sunglasses. Liz Blake, a high-class call girl, is the only witness to the murder and she becomes the prime suspect and the murderess's next target. Liz is rescued from being killed by Kate's son Peter, who enlists the help of Liz to catch his mother's ... Written by alfiehitchie

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Brian De Palma, Master of the Macabre, invites you to a showing of the latest fashion... ...in murder. See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 July 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vestida para matar  »

Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$31,899,000 (USA)
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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Both of DePalma's films...Dressed to Kill (1980) and Carrie (1976), begin with a shower scene, and end with waking up from a dream sequence. See more »

Goofs

When Kate wakes up after her sexual encounter with Warren, the clock by the bedside shows the exact time of 7:18 and 47 seconds PM. We then follow her in real time around the flat and when she is back at the bed a little later looking for her panties, the clock shows 7:21 and 15 seconds, exactly 2 minutes and 28 seconds later. However, the actual elapsed film time is 3 minutes and 15 seconds. See more »

Quotes

Bobbi: Don't make me be a bad girl again!
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Amazing music and camera movement
18 December 2012 | by (Beograd, Srbija) – See all my reviews

For early 80' this movie deserves respect. Brian De Palma present story that keep's your attention to the last minute.

I usually start napping after barely half of movie's today but he's movies keeps me focused. What i like in this and on movies by Palma i watched is-unpredictability.

Good movie, worth of watching, seriously.

It can be better of course but it's good. Long as keep your attention, driving you into story, stopping you from thinking. You just lie and let movie drives you into a story, enjoying a good trip to the end.

Acting is so natural, almost like in real life behavior. Characters in this movie are very natural. I like that.


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