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If you were a famed mystery playwright with a devastating string of recent flops what would you do for a can't-miss thriller script? Beg for it? Pay for it? Or would you kill for it? You would if you were Sidney Bruhl the leading character in Ira Levin's dazzlingly funny deliciously scary Broadway-smash-turned-movie-hit Deathtrap. Michael Caine starts as Bruhl and Christopher Reeve stars as Bruhl's one-time student who's written a play so flawless "even a gifted director couldn't ruin it" ...and who requests Bruhl's production help. And Dyan Cannon is Bruhl's loving wife who doesn't want the student helped to an early grave. Sydney Lumet directs Deathtrap's hairpin twists with such drop-dead wit and delightful dread that you'll stop laughing only long enough to gasp in surprise.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Drama, Comedy and classic Thriller all in one April 27 2004
This film is a lost gem. It's not a well known film however if you take the time to view it, you will be impressed. Its classic who kills who and why mixed with twists that unless you have seen it before, you will not suspect what comes next. It is edge of your seat entertainment, Not a lot of blood and guts however it has tons of thrills. Caine's acting is up to it's usual high marks and Reeve is excellant as Caine's gay lover. I would have to say that Reeve pulls the roll off very well. The story is not a gay theme as you may expect, in fact the gay relationship is only one of many plot devices that weave the overall story.
The production quality is good and the film would be excellant for mixed crowds and enjoyed by all. If your looking for a gay theme movie this is a good film but not what I would consider a gay theme film. (...)
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Even a gifted director couldn't hurt it.." Feb. 9 2004
Movies adapted from plays may not always be "cinematic" in the traditional sense because they tend to only need one set. However, they can be very fun to watch because they allow actors to have great dialogue. Deathtrap is one such movie. Michael Caine gives one of his best, funniest performances as a washed-up playwright driven to murder. It is great to watch a great actor when he is finally allowed to ACT. The same goes for Christopher Reeve, who made this movie right after Superman. Here he seems more gangly than a man of steel (his stage training shows a little bit though).
If you are unfamiliar with the plot, I won't spoil it for you. It's just a joy to watch - great acting, great plot, and - most of all - great dialogue. The best I can say about this film is that it inspires me to write every time I see it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully clever comic thriller June 12 2004
Deathtrap is a truly underrated thriller. While it starts off slow considering most audience standards, it quickly dissolves into a clever, suspenseful, and ingenious comedy thriller. While the first act fares better than the second, the film is fun throughout, taking the audience on a ride of "Who is working against whom and why?" While not always surprising, it's an engrossing little puzzle to try and figure out, and the climax is a suspenseful nail biter. Ira Levin has brought us some true classics (The Stepford Wives, Rosemary's Baby) and this should be among them. It is a twisted good time. Highly recommended to mystery fans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Hit To Die For Oct. 1 2003
When DEATHTRAP was first released, the poster--reproduced on the cover of this DVD--offered a graphic akin to a Rubik's Cube. It is an appropriate image: originally written for the stage by Ira Levin, who authored such memorable works as ROSEMARY'S BABY and THE STEPFORD WIVES, the play was one of Broadway's most famous twisters, and under Sidney Lumet's direction it translates to the screen extremely well.
DEATHTRAP is one of those films that it is very difficult to discuss, for to do so in any detail gives away the very plot for which it is famous. But the opening premise is extremely clever: Sidney Bruhl (Michael Caine) is the famous author of mystery plays, but these days he seems to have lost his touch. After a particularly brutal opening night, an old student named Clifford Anderson (Christopher Reeve) sends him a script for a play he has written. It is called "Deathtrap," and Sidney recognizes it as a surefire hit. Just the sort of hit that would revive his career... indeed, a hit to die for. And when Clifford visits to discuss the play, events suddenly begin to twist in the most unexpected manner possible.
Like Anthony Shaffer's equally twisty SLEUTH, DEATHTRAP is really a story more at home on the stage than the screen--to reach full power it needs the immediacy that a live performance offers. Still, under the expert guidance of director Sidney Lumet, it makes a more-than-respectable showing on the screen. Much of this is due to the cast, which is remarkably fine. Michael Caine gives a truly brilliant performance, Dyan Cannon is funny and endearing as Sidney's relentlessly anxious wife, and Christopher Reeve gives what might be the single finest performance in his regrettably short acting career.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For Armchair Detective Everywhere-- April 21 2003
---and even if you don't feel like "detecting," stick around and savor this tightly written romp of a comedy. "Deathtrap" is about as near as you can come to a Broadway play without being there.
Over the hill playwright, Sidney, (Michael Caine) is blocked. He is despondent over his last three miserable failures. His wealthy, clingy wife, Myra (Dyan Cannon) adores him and his plays. Enter fledgling author, Clifford (Christopher Reeves) who, it just so happens, has written a bullet-proof play and is flattered that successful Sidney is willing to look it over.
Michael Caine clearly has a glorious time playing stuffy, self-loving Sidney, and Christopher Reeve shows a guileful side not seen before. I'll take exception to other reviewers by saying Dyan Cannon cracked me up as the all-too-doting, somewhat sex starved wife. She also could give Jamie Lee Curtis a run for her title as the "Scream Queen." Ms. Cannon can rock the rafters!
Have a group of friends over and enjoy. Remember: don't give away the plot!
-sweetmolly-Amazon Reviewer
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..Or come to think of it, it's not really a "who-dun-it" but a "who-dun-whom-first". One of those little hidden masterpieces of film-making! Read more
Published on Oct. 4 2003 by Shashank Tripathi
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible.
This is a film that will make you feel like you are sitting in a theatre on Broadway. It's amazing. It's the best of Michael Caine and Christopher Reeve... Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2003 by myworthi
4.0 out of 5 stars More twists and turns than a roller coaster
I first saw "Deathtrap" in the theater when it came out in 1982. When VCRs became big, it was a film that I rented a few times, eventually buying my own VHS copy. Read more
Published on Feb. 10 2003 by Mark Daniels
4.0 out of 5 stars Stage world adapted to cinema
There have been many attempts to adapt stage hits to the cinema medium. Deathtrap is so successful in adhereing to the Aristotelian limits of time and space. Read more
Published on Nov. 23 2001 by Daniel Creagan
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Caine in a fascinating suspense thriller
Clifford Anderson (Christopher Reeve) is a budding writer who has just completed his first play "Deathtrap". Read more
Published on March 8 2001 by C. Roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars It's no SLEUTH, but it ain't bad...
I first saw DEATHTRAP on television well over ten years ago and it has stuck with me ever since. I finally purchased the DVD to give it another go and came away almost as... Read more
Published on July 29 2000 by Gogmagog
4.0 out of 5 stars superb
This movie was originally a play. It maintains this form, which makes the movie unique. If you have seen live plays... you will really enjoy that aspect of the film. Read more
Published on June 16 2000 by Praxxe
5.0 out of 5 stars Why isn't the DVD WIDESCREEN?
This is one of the most suspenseful and wonderfully acted films I've ever seen- but why the DVD isn't in the widescreen format is beyond me. Read more
Published on May 25 2000
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