Dressed to Kill
Brian De Palma
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One of Brian De Palma's most divisive films, Dressed to Kill is a spine-chilling Alfred Hitchcock update for the late 1970s. Sexually frustrated wife and mother Kate Miller (Angie Dickinson) visits her New York psychiatrist, Dr. Elliott (Michael Caine), to complain about her unfulfilling erotic life. When she then goes to meet her husband at a museum, she meets an anonymous man whom she follows out to a cab. After an afternoon of satisfying sex, Kate discovers that the man has a venereal disease, but that information becomes a moot point when a razor-wielding blonde woman slashes Kate to ribbons in the elevator of the man's building. Blonde prostitute Liz (Nancy Allen), who caught a glimpse of the murderer, becomes both the prime suspect and the killer's next target. With the police less than willing to believe her story, Liz joins forces with Kate's son Peter (Keith Gordon) to get the psychopath themselves.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 38
- Fresh: 32
- Rotten: 6
- Average Rating: 6.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Despite some major structural weaknesses, the cannily manipulated combination of mystery, gore and kinky sex adds up to a slick commercial package.
Fresh: DePalma is not yet an artist of Hitchcock's stature, but he does earn the right to a comparison.
Rotten: Originality has never been a high value in the genre-bound aesthetic of filmmaking, but De Palma cheapens what he steals.
Fresh: This film should be celebrated as one of those purely cinematic experiences, which these days are all too few and far between.
This is the "R" Version
Be aware that this is the "R" version, not the "steamy" unrated directors cut mentioned in the description.
I was pleasantly surprised to learn this title is available on iTunes - BRAVO. Brian De Palma, while one of the most respected directors, somehow seems to be forgotten much of the time. This film was *very* controversial when it came out. I, wasn’t hung up on the sexual politics surrounding this film. I was absolutely transfixed by the visual mastery of BDP’s brilliant direction. THIS IS TRULY A MASTERPIECE FROM A DIRECTOR AT THE HEIGHT OF HIS CAREER!
Without knowing much about it I bought this movie because it was DePalma homage to Hitchcock and they are two of my favorite directors. I was pleasantly surprised how great it was. It was DePalma at his best paying tribut to one of the greatest directors of all time. It is exciting, suspenseful, and scary. If you like DePalma or Hitchcock I highly suggest you buy this movie.