The comparison to Sleuth, the earlier stage-play-turned-film, isobvious and upon my first viewing I too thought Sleuth was better, butDeathtrap has, at least for me, many more repeat viewings in it thanSleuth.<br><br>I purchased Deathrap in the bargain bin at Wal-Mart, figuring that ithad Caine and the underrated Reeve and was worth the 6 bucks. It wasone of the finest DVD purchases I could've picked up.<br><br>It's one of those best-kept-secrets that movie buffs always are alwaysdelighted to discover. And it's totally worth repeat viewings.<br><br>Though Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine turned in bravadoperformances in Sleuth, I was doubly impressed with Christopher Reeveas Clifford Anderson. Reeve, rightfully associated with his nowlegendary portrayal of Superman, stole the show in what should've beenan Oscar worthy performance. I've always felt Reeve was a type-castactor who didn't get much of a chance to shine outside of the Supermanfilms and a few other flawed but entertaining films like Somewhere inTime, but this film shows that his potential was truly tapped and putto use, thank goodness.<br><br>I absolutely relished Michael Caine's performance. He was glib,deliciously manipulative and sadistic. And watching him work with Reeveand Dyan Cannon was an absolute pleasure. In fact, it was thanks tothis movie that I got into a "Michael Caine phase" and started rentingas much of his stuff as humanly possible. <br><br>As for Deathtrap, there's enough juicy dialogue in here to fill up its"memorable quotes" section. (Unfortunately, much of the dialogue wouldinherently spoil the immensely entertaining plot).<br><br>It's really, really hard to talk about the movie without spoilingimportant plot points that are infinitely more fun to discover on yourown. Needless to say, it's a must-see. But for me, it was the greatestand most rewarding blind purchase of all time.<br><br>Repeat viewings are a must. <br><br>And it deserves to sit alongside Sleuth on your DVD shelf.<br><br>I'll leave you with this beautifully written quote from the film: "Iwonder if it wouldn't be...well...just a trifle starry-eyed of me toenter into such a risky and exciting collaboration...where I couldcount on no sense of moral obligation...whatsoever."
Comedy / Crime
Comedy / Crime
To make Sidney's slump all the more painful, Clifford Anderson, a student of one of Sidney's writing seminars, has recently sent his mentor a copy of his first attempt at playwrighting for Sidney's review and advice. The play, "Deathtrap," is a five character, two act thriller so perfect in its construction that, as Sidney says, "A gifted director couldn't even hurt it." Using his penchant for plot, and out of his desperate desire to once again be the toast of Broadway, Sidney, along with Myra, cook up an almost unthinkable scheme: They'll lure the would-be playwright to the Bruhl home, kill him, and market the sure-fire script as Sidney's own. But shortly after Clifford arrives, it's clear that things are not what they seem! Indeed, even Helga Ten Dorp, a nosey psychic from next door, and Porter Milgram, Sidney's observant attorney, can only speculate where the line between truth and deception lies.
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