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To condemn Dressed to Kill as a Hitchcock rip-off is to miss the sheer enjoyment of Brian De Palma's delirious 1980 thriller. Hitchcockian homages run rampant through most of De Palma's earlier films, and this one's chock-full of visual quotes, mostly cribbed from Vertigo and Psycho. But De Palma's indulgent depravity transcends simple mimicry to assume a vitality all its own. It's smothered in thickly atmospheric obsessions with sex, dread, paranoia, and voyeurism, not to mention a heavy dose of Psycho-like psychobabble about a wannabe transsexual who's compelled to slash up any attractive female who reminds him--the horror!--that he's still very much a man.
Angie Dickinson plays the sexually unsatisfied, fortysomething wife who's the killer's first target, relaying her sexual fantasies to her psychiatrist (Michael Caine) before actually living one of them out after the film's celebrated cat-and-mouse sequence in a Manhattan art museum. The focus then switches to a murder witness (De Palma's then-girlfriend Nancy Allen) and Dickinson's grieving whiz-kid son (Keith Gordon), who attempt to solve the murder while staying one step ahead (or so they think) of the crude detective (Dennis Franz) assigned to the case. Propelled by Pino Donaggio's lush and stimulating score, De Palma's visuals provide seductive counterpoint to his brashly candid dialogue, and the plot conceals its own implausibility with morbid thrills and intoxicating suspense. If you're not laughing at De Palma's shameless audacity, you're sure to be on the edge of your seat. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Brian De Palma's classic chiller that will still make your hair stand on end !Published 3 months ago by W McMaster
A good mystery which we had seen from several years ago. However, rather dated we felt but good suspense nonetheless.Published 21 months ago by B.L. McIntyre
This was a great movie that has a surprise ending. Very suspenseful and keeps you on the edge of your seat.Published 23 months ago by Diane Edwards
Excellent thriller with unexpected ending. Video quality was good and the Audio quality very good, Very good value for the price. You will enjoy this one. Read morePublished on May 22 2013 by Jean-paul N. Mertens
One of my top ten favorite movies along with Carrie also by Depalma. i won't say too much about the story without giving too much away. Read morePublished on May 8 2004 by Jeremy Boettcher
I saw Dressed to Kill when I was a teenager and I think it is an interesting murder mystery that has a great cast that includes Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson and Nancy Allen. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2004 by Calinira
This is an obscure little film that is both a fraud and a gem. Dressed to Kill is a blatant imitation that rips everything from Hitchcock's Psycho, right down to the final last act... Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2004 by OverTheMoon
DRESSED TO KILL (1980) is definetly one of Brian De Palma's masterpieces (the other is CARRIE) for sure! Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2004 by Daniel Kepley