Deathtrap
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Sidney Lumet provides another of his film adaptations of Broadway successes -- in this case Ira Levin's 1978 clever Broadway murder mystery that starred John Wood in a triumphant turn as down-on-his-luck playwright Sidney Bruhl. Wood's brittle airiness is replaced in the film version by Michael Caine's smoldering bitterness. Sidney Bruhl is a successful writer of Broadway mystery plays who was at one time considered the Neil Simon of Broadway mystery writers. Unfortunately, Bruhl is now struggling to live up to his own reputation, suffering through a series of four consecutive… More
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"It would be criminal to reveal how the plot unfolds, other than to say it's impressive dramatic origami, manipulated deftly by an ideal cast and one of Hollywood's all-time top directors. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Deathtrap is a literate, swiftly paced and engrossing screen adaptation of Ira Levin's Broadway smash."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Apesar do desfecho decepcionante, sobrevive graças às boas reviravoltas, à direção intrigante de Lumet e às formidáveis atuações de Caine e Reeve."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Offbeat parlor mystery that still holds up pretty well."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"Witty thriller, particularly of interest to writers"
‑ Sarah Chauncey, Reel.com
"What eventually shines through, is how clever and manipulative the script is."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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