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Deathtrap (1982)




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Playwright Sidney Bruhl (Michael Caine) is having a tough time coming up with a successful work, but then an admiring young fan (Christopher Reeve) sends him a masterpiece. With the help of his wife (Dyan Cannon), Sidney plans to kill the man and steal his script.

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Michael Caine
as Sidney Bruhl
Christopher Reeve
as Clifford Anderson
Dyan Cannon
as Myra Bruhl
Irene Worth
as Helga Ten Dorp
Henry Jones
as Porter Milgrim
Joe Silver
as Seymour Starger
Tony DiBenedetto
as Burt, the Bartender
Al LeBreton
as Handsome Actor
Stewart Klein
as Stewart Klein
Jeffrey Lyons
as Jeffrey Lyons
Joel Siegel
as Joel Siegel
Jenny Lumet
as Stage Newsboy
Jayne Heller
as Stage Actress
George Peck
as Stage Actor
Perry Rosen
as Stage Actor
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Critic Reviews for Deathtrap

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (4)

Deathtrap, like many intricate stage thrillers, reveals its artifice on the screen but remains crackling good fun.

October 22, 2018 | Full Review…

The film is marvelous claptrap, a skillfully wrought -- indeed, over-wrought -- piece of preposterous escapist entertainment.

April 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Deathtrap seems an unusually skillful and satisfying example of devious entertainment. It offers as much double-crossing amusement as one can reasonably expect from a theatrical murder mystery.

April 24, 2018 | Full Review…

It wants to mislead us at every turn, confound all our expectations, and provide at least one moment when we levitate from our seats and come down screaming. It succeeds, more or less.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Ira Levin's mystery thriller Deathtrap is beginning its fifth year on Broadway -- a certified hit. The movie version, adapted by Jay Presson Allen, is more of a hit and miss.

May 26, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Sidney Lumet's adaptation is flat, linear, and without the depth that this text required. [Full Review in Spanish]

August 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Deathtrap


Whoever stars in this banana peel of a whodunnit is only second banana to this script-about-a-script opus, meant to jerk you about like an amusement park ride. The stars are present merely to be targets and frequently look about wondering how much more time they have before the script kills them off. Cute.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A good thriller, Caine is great in these kinds of movies. I wouldn't have thought of casting Reeve, though, but he's not bad, and played his character well. A few of the plot twists are a little predictable if you watch a lot of thrillers, but the ending is very surprising. This movie is a lot of fun, and I recommend watching it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Not as great as I remembered it but I think that's due to the fact this is about crazy plot twists that came back to me while watching it. Still its a well made thriller/comedy with a great (gay) performance from Reeve, a delightfully unhinged Caine and superb direction and camera work from Lumet...even if it was full screen.

A.D. Villarreal
A.D. Villarreal

Super Reviewer

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