Dressed to Kill

Synopsis: While taking a shower, Kate Miller, a middle-aged, sexually frustrated New York City housewife, has a rape fantasy while her husband stands at the sink shaving. Later that day, after complaining to her psychiatrist Dr. Robert Elliott about her husband's pathetic performance in bed, she meets a strange man at a museum and returns to his apartment where they continue an adulterous encounter that began in the taxicab. Before she leaves his apartment, she finds papers which certify that the man has a venereal disease. Panicked, Kate rushes into the elevator, but has to return to his apartment when she realizes she's forgotten her wedding ring. When the elevator doors open, she's brutally slashed to death by a tall blonde woman wearing dark sunglasses. Liz Blake, a high-class call girl, is the only witness to the murder and she becomes the prime suspect and the murderess's next target. Liz is rescued from being killed by Kate's son Peter, who enlists the help of Liz to catch his mother's ki
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Director(s): Brian De Palma
Production: MGM
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 9 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min

Well, now, think...

What are our options?

I could make up an excuse

and tell her not to come.


No, I can't do that.

And let's not forget it's supposed

to be a surprise.

Anyway, it's not her... it's just...

I don't feel up to it,

or her or anything.

How are things going with Mike?



No, they're not fine.

What a dumb word that is.

He gave me one of his wham bang

specials this morning & I'm mad at him.

Isn't that right? Shouldn't I be mad?

Yeah. Did you tell him?


That you were mad at him?

Of course not... I moaned with pleasure

at his touch...

Isn't that what every man wants?

I don't know... is it?

Don't start that stuff with me.

Don't you think you'd feel better

if you snapped at Mike instead of me?

Think about where your anger is going.

I'm sorry.

Stop apologizing and tell Mike

he makes you mad.

Tell him he stinks in bed?

Does he?


Then tell him.

Maybe, there's something wrong with me.

There's nothing wrong with you.

Do you find me attractive?

Of course.

Would you want to sleep with me?


Then why don't you?

Because I love my wife

and sleeping with you isn't worth

jeopardizing my marriage.

Is it worth it to you,

to jeopardize yours?

I don't know.


Stop it...



You be quiet...

I'm sorry... I shouldn't been so rude.

Thank you for picking up... mmmm...

Hello. Who is this?

It's not polite to stare.

No... no... ohhh... No...

So you really think Auditron's going up

Well, I got it from a very good source.

Double, huh?

You didn't hear it from me.

You know what, I'm going to give my

broker a little call... well, what about

You know what, I'm going to give my

broker a little call... well, what about

No... wait...

Please... just stand... and wait...

call the police. Wait!

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Brian De Palma

Brian Russell De Palma (born September 11, 1940) is an American film director and screenwriter. In a career spanning over 50 years, he is best known for his work in genres such as suspense, psychological thriller, and crime drama. His prominent films include mainstream box office hits such as Carrie (1976), Dressed to Kill (1980), Scarface (1983), The Untouchables (1987), and Mission: Impossible (1996), as well as cult favorites such as Sisters (1973), Blow Out (1981), Body Double (1984), Carlito's Way (1993), Femme Fatale (2002) and Redacted (2007).De Palma is often cited as a leading member of the New Hollywood generation of film directors. His directing style often makes use of quotations from other films or cinematic styles, and bears the influence of filmmakers such as Alfred Hitchcock and Jean-Luc Godard. His films have frequently garnered controversy for their violence and sexual content, but have also been championed by prominent critics such as Roger Ebert and Pauline Kael. more…

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