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      Dressed to Kill

      R Now Playing 1 hr. 45 min. Mystery & Thriller List
      83% 59 Reviews Tomatometer 74% 10,000+ Ratings Audience Score 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. Read More Read Less Now in Theaters Now Playing Buy Tickets

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      Critics Consensus

      With arresting visuals and an engrossingly lurid mystery, Dressed to Kill stylishly encapsulates writer-director Brian De Palma's signature strengths.

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      Allen R I saw this looking through a modern lens, but the twist wasn't very surprising and although the shots and camera moves are gorgeous, in particular with the POV in the museum, it felt like some of the slower dollies, pans, and tilts were too slow that the audience could figure out what the shock was before it happened. That all said, it is a beautiful movie to look at. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/24 Full Review Audience Member One of DePalma’s best. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/24 Full Review S R Trashy bizarre transsexualism when it was normal to demonize it. The music was alright, the camera work good, but the acting was a bit off and the plot was cheap. Saw on TCM. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 12/16/23 Full Review Marc Z This movie is an interesting part of film history. The topics handled here, over 40 years ago, are relevant today but also relatively more mainstream today but utterly shocking in 1980. Brian DePalma has a distinct and important place in film history. I have to admit that some of his deliberate and conscious filming choices are not my style. On the other hand there are unique and eerie elements of this film that make it very watchable and very distinct. The film, for many reasons, could not be made today. For one, there are elements of the story that would be crushed by today's technological breakthrough. For another, the topics explored are very sensitive to the current population, and in the current conversation. Regardless, there is a lot to relish here. The performances of Nancy Allen, Dennis, Franz, and Michael Caine are great. The characters are a little over the top, but the performances are great. Nancy Allen is best horror victim, aside from Halloween's Jamie Lee Curtis, since Janet Lee. Angie Dickinson is good for the role she played and the publicity it brought the film, but she is not terrific in this. Dated, but worth seeing. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 09/01/23 Full Review Pragya Kirti R DePalma's mystery thriller isn't as complicated as it looks from the outside but he surely makes a visually impressive and creatively shot thriller out of a Hitchcock's film and mind you, it's a pretty brilliant attempt. His distinctive visual style, arresting camera work and continuous long shots are the best thing of this film. The museum sequence is darn enthralling, A perfect game of hide and seek with an enticing urge to it. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 04/12/23 Full Review Steve D It has really aged poorly. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/13/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Dressed to Kill

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      Pauline Kael New Yorker De Palma shows the kind of restless intelligence which suggests that he will want to work in many different forms, and certainly he needs more chances to work on a larger scale... But he doesn’t have to move away from thrillers to prove he’s an artist. Sep 18, 2023 Full Review Michael Blowen Boston Globe Dressed To Kill is a nail-biting, seat-squirming, stylish murder mystery with a brain. Apr 28, 2018 Full Review Dave Kehr Chicago Reader Originality has never been a high value in the genre-bound aesthetic of filmmaking, but De Palma cheapens what he steals. Sep 26, 2007 Full Review Trace Thurman Horror Queers Podcast De Palma at the top of his game, with some masterfully edited and scored sequences that still hold up by modern standards. Rated: 4/5 Sep 11, 2023 Full Review Joe Lipsett Horror Queers Podcast Exquisitely directed by DePalma and bearing the key signifiers of a prototypical Erotic Thriller, Dressed to Kill does contribute to the problematic depiction of trans women as killers, though it's not as influential as Psycho or The Silence of The Lambs Rated: 4/5 Sep 6, 2023 Full Review Sean Axmaker Stream on Demand ... few have married the mechanics of suspense with such cinematic grace as De Palma, whose silky images and deliriously choreographed moving camera takes are both beautiful and unnerving, and not just in matters of tension and surprise Apr 8, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis 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.
      Director
      Brian De Palma
      Executive Producer
      Samuel Z. Arkoff
      Screenwriter
      Brian De Palma
      Distributor
      GoodTimes Home Video [us], Warner Home Vídeo, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.
      Production Co
      Filmways Pictures
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jun 23, 1980, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 14, 2014
      Sound Mix
      Mono
      Aspect Ratio
      Scope (2.35:1)
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