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Deathtrap (Warner 1982, Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve)



Director Sidney Lumet’s film version of Ira Levin’s hit play. Michael Caine and Chrisopher Reeve star in this mystery comedy about a playwright who can no longer write a hit show and is now dependent on his shrewish wife. When he comes across a brilliant thriller by an ex-student who is now a novice playwright, he and his wife decide to do away with the young man and take credit for his work. Plenty of twists and turns.

Director Sidney Lumet and writer Jay Presson Allen, who worked together on Deathtrap, had previously collaborated on the films Just Tell Me What You Want (1980) and Prince of the City (1981), a film that earned them an Academy Award nomination.

production details
USA | Warner Bros. | 116 minutes | 1982

Director: Sidney Lumet
Producer: Burtt Harris
Director of Photography: Andrzej Bartkowiak
Editor: John J. Fitzstephens
Music: Johnny Mandel
Script: Jay Presson Allen
Art Direction: Edward Pisoni

Henry Jones as Porter Milgrim
Michael Caine as Sidney Bruhl
Irene Worth as Helga ten Dorp
Dyan Cannon as Myra Bruhl
Christopher Reeve as Clifford Anderson
Joe Silver as Seymour Starger
Tony DiBenedetto as Burt – the Bartender
Al LeBreton as Handsome Actor
Francis B. Creamer Jr. as The Minister (as Rev. Francis B. Creamer Jr.)