Dressed to Kill (1980)

R   |    |  Crime, Drama, Mystery

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




  • Michael Caine in Dressed to Kill (1980)
  • Nancy Allen and Brian De Palma in Dressed to Kill (1980)
  • Nancy Allen in Dressed to Kill (1980)
  • Angie Dickinson in Dressed to Kill (1980)
  • Brian De Palma in Dressed to Kill (1980)
  • Nancy Allen in Dressed to Kill (1980)

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8 December 2019 | dougdoepke
Mainly A Matter Of Taste
No need to recap the plot after 200-plus reviews or track the parallels with Hitchcock's Psycho (1960).

To me the flick's mainly a matter of taste. In my view, the many silent sequences are dragged out without heightening the suspense. Instead they reminded me that I'm watching a movie and not immersed in it. On the other hand, there are moments of real suspense, but too few to maintain momentum. Much of that has to do with director DiPalma's preference for wordless scene set-ups. Thus the narrative blanks are left up to the viewer. His style here is the non-literal obverse of traditional styles, perhaps to a fault. Then, again, as a movie freak from decades past, maybe I'm just slow to adapt. Anyhow, thanks to continuing close-ups, I now have Angie Dickinson's lovely facial features forever memorized. So I guess things could be a lot worse.

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