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

It's 27 degrees right now... 7:17...

The sport scene is coming up at 25

after the hour...

And Jack Walters will be having that

exclusive interview with Billy Martin

And you know that's going to

be fireworks...

The best bet for you folks coming

in from Jersey...

Do whatever you gotta do... use the uh...

Looking forward to some blue skies

all day today...

Them sun's going to be shining

in the 70's

Oh... oh... oh... Yes... Yes...

Especially in the city it should get up

to the 60's...

Enjoy it while you can

because that ole' man winter

is going to be blowing any day.

The lows tonight in the upper 30's

with frost in some of

the colder regions upstate.

You're listening to

Willie Craig on PRM-FM-93

and if you're clock radio

is set to go off at 7:18,

is should be doing that right about now

Start every day with music here on PRM.

This is a cut from

the new Pandemonium album, Lady Stevie

Peter, you're supposed to be ready

in half an hour.

Ready for what?

We're going to the Museum today & then

you and Mike and I are going to lunch

with Grandma.

Oh, Mom, I can't go.

I need the rest of the vacation just

to finish this thing.

We made these plans a week ago,


I know, I know but I'm way behind

my schedule, I'm sorry.

Peter, have you been up all night again

Mom, the City Science championships

are next week.

Turn that thing off.

Put that down and look at me.

We made a little deal, didn't we?

You know I'm very proud and excited

about your project

but I don't want you working all night

on it.

I know. I know. I'm sorry.

Mom, this is the most incredible thing

that I've ever built.

I mean it carries.

It carries. Carries what?

Binary numbers.

I mean it could hold up to

a 20 digit figure.

Now wait a second, you said it can carry

and it holds too?

Both. It does both.

That's the whole point.

I mean there isn't a circuit like this

in any of my books.

I've invented it.

Well, that's great. That's great Peter.

What're you gonna call it?

I don't know.

Well come on... Everybody knows that uh

when you invent or discover something

you get to name it like uh...

a Napoleon.

A what?

You know the French pastry.

It was named after Napoleon.

Napoleon invented pastry?

I thought he was a general.

Well, you can't fight battles

all the time.

He baked as a kind of relaxation.

Are you okay, Mom?

Listen, no more all nighters, okay?


What is this called, anyway?

Why its a Peter, of course.

That is, if I ever get if finished.

Okay, okay,

I'll let you skip it this time

but only if you promise not to

work all night.

Okay, I promise.

I promise. All right?

Grandma's going to be very disappointed

but it's all right.

I'll explain... that you're working on

your Peter.

There's someone at the front door...


Between 11 and 12 Thursday right...

yes fine, goodbye.

Kate, good to see you.

Mary's on vacation so I have to be

my own Receptionist.

How am I doing?

I hops you're not going to keep me

waiting today.

I have to get to the Museum early today

I have to be at lunch at 12:30 with

Mike and his mother.

No waiting, go right in.

The doctor will be with you shortly.

So, what's happening?

My mother's driving me crazy as usual.

Did you talk to her?

Mmmmm... she's hinting around about

surprising me for my birthday.

Ah, she's going to come up from Florida

is she?

That's her surprise.

How do you feel about seeing her?

Well, I feel... I should want to see her

It's been 6 months

since we've been down there

but she'll just ruin my birthday

and it's my day, not hers.

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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