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MOD-DEATHTRAP (BLU-RAY/1982) NON-RETURNABLE MYSTERY/SUSPENSE
NOTE: THIS ITEM IS NOT RETURNABLE UNLESS DEFECTIVE.
Man (Christopher Reeve) writes play. Older washed-up hack (the blissfully hammy Michael Caine) covets play. A meeting is arranged in a remote cabin festooned with various sharp objects. To reveal anything more would serve to ruin one of the most wondrously convoluted plots of the '80s and '90s. It's a cerebrum-bending romp from start to finish, with marvelously airtight plotting that simultaneously parodies and honors its genre, and two vibrant, continuously morphing lead performances (pity poor Dyan Cannon's weak-link wife, though, who gets stuck with the shrillest character and worst dialogue of the lot). Based on Ira Levin's long-running play, this adaptation's rhythm is thrown off a bit by director Sidney Lumet's somewhat misguided attempts to open it up for the screen, but the script and performers are so playfully adept that, as one of the characters says, "even a gifted director (which Lumet most certainly is, based on evidence such as Dog Day Afternoon and Network) couldn't hurt it." Delirious, nasty fun that's twistier than a corkscrew and loaded with enough red herrings to keep Flipper fed for a year. --Andrew Wright --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
..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 morePublished on Oct. 4 2003 by Nearly Nubile
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 morePublished on Feb. 11 2003 by myworthi
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 morePublished on Feb. 10 2003 by Mark Daniels
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 morePublished on Nov. 23 2001 by Daniel Creagan
Clifford Anderson (Christopher Reeve) is a budding writer who has just completed his first play "Deathtrap". Read morePublished on March 8 2001 by C. Roberts