Deathtrap creeps its way onto Blu-ray in a 1.78:1-framed 1080p treatment that largely, despite a few flaws, looks modestly impressive. Hello and welcome! Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Deathtrap; Is the next 'Great American Play' worth killing for, or will the search be a Deathtrap...? But the opening premise is extremely clever: Sidney Bruhl (Michael Caine) is the famous author of mystery plays, but these days he seems to have lost his touch. Definitely one of the most witty and twisted who-dunnit I ever seen. The mystery has some glaring flaws which do detract somewhat, and I was not wholly satisfied with the ending, but watching Caine and Reeve under Lumet's direction with Levin's elevated verbiage was enough to ensnare my interest and keep it captive the entire length of the film. Deathtrap has an incredibly interesting plot, but somehow director Sidney Lumet focuses the film on the least interesting aspects of the story. As one reviewer said "It's hard to talk about this film without giving too much away" - and I do agree with this statement about the film. We don't know why she's even in the play, until it's much too late. Caine gives another astonishing performance, but I've watched "Deathtrap" three times and that "stormy" resolution always seems barely comprehensible. As for Michael Caine he's.....well he's Michael Caine. Okay,it recalls "Sleuth" (1972).Okay ,it borrows the first part from Clouzot's 'Les Diaboliques" .But forget "sleuth"and "Diaboliques" and you can enjoy this armchair thriller:after all,Sidney Lumet has always been fond of these stories which take place in an enclosed space,and from the very start of his career,"twelve angry man" ,but also "the hill" "murder on the orient express" and his towering achievement "dog day afternoon".And anyway it's based on a play by Ira Levin ("the Stepford wives" and of course the brilliant "Rosemary's baby") Besides,in his preface to Agatha Christie's plays ,Levin mentions Anthony Shaffer .And Michael Caine's presence makes us think of Mankiewicz's celebrated movie. I would not hesitate to put this adaptation of 'Death Trap" in a top 5 list of the best stage-to-movie adaptations ever. It is in two acts with one set and five characters. Deathtrap is a play written by Ira Levin in 1978 with many plot twists and which references itself as a play within a play. There's a certain thrill to watching a film that is in love with its own conceits and cleverness. Christopher Reeve was near 30 when he made this movie, right in the middle of his various Superman movies, and his character takes quite a different path here. Pleasant, friendly and charming one minute, the young actor can give you the looks of Medusa the next one. It's great and the acting is brilliant. There is perhaps, however, some small shred of hope. As he talks with his wife (Dyan Cannon) about it, he slowly develops the idea that he could steal the play, kill Reeve, and produce the hit himself. While not a great film, Deathtrap is enjoyable and one that is incredibly easy to enjoy. And perhaps its greatest gift is the sight of three lighthearted comic actors having a good time chewing on the dialogue, the scenery, and each other. A Broadway playwright puts murder in his plan to take credit for a student's play. DEATHTRAP - like Michael Caine's other mystery thriller - SLEUTH (with Lawence Olivier) - this movie plays tricks with the viewer in a most entertaining and surprising way. ...so how do I write a review without one? I'm not talking about the 'gay' thing, that shouldn't be looked upon as anything more than a garnish to the piece. One of the most underrated films of all time! Deathtrap (1982) To make Sidney's (Michael Caine) slump all the more painful, Clifford Anderson (Christopher Reeve), a student of one of Sidney's writing seminars, has recently sent his mentor a copy of his first attempt at playwrighting for Sidney's review and advice. The actor plays him as a little puppy or a homicidal maniac. Film Review: Deathtrap (1982) Todd Martin 01/03/2019 Uncategorized. Movie 8 of 1982 and 98 overall in my journey through films of my lifetime. And they play fair; on second, third and fourth viewings of the clues and red herrings we should be just as pleased to marvel at how well it all comes together as we were at being surprised in the first place. Warner Bros. released Deathtrap to theaters on March 19, 1982.Sidney Lumet directed the film starring Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve, and Dyan Cannon. It is an appropriate image: originally written for the stage by Ira Levin, who authored such memorable works as ROSEMARY'S BABY and THE STEPFORD WIVES, the play was one of Broadway's most famous twisters, and under Sidney Lumet's direction it translates to the screen extremely well. It is a new thriller, and Caine sees at once that it's a masterpiece. REVIEW: I saw Deathtrap one Sunday afternoon on cable when I was a kid and just really couldn’t get into it. The screenplay was adapted by noted screenwriter Jay Presson Allen. The twists are a lot of fun. It offers as much double-crossing amusement as one can reasonably expect from a theatrical murder mystery. As far as acting goes it is Cris Reeves greatest role as Clifford, a young playwrite. Watch Exclusive 'The Sinners' Trailer Read More; What to Watch on FandangoNOW: ‘News of the World,’ ‘Promising Young Woman,’ ‘Synchronic’ and More Read More; This Week in Movie News: Chris Evans Returning as Captain America, Ben Affleck Directing ‘Keeper of the Lost Cities’ and More Read More The movie suddenly transforms into a stage version of the film with actors playing the parts of Sidney and Clifford. They grill him, subtly, and discover that absolutely no one else knows he has written the play. It is really amusing to see before our eyes the mechanism of the crime story we are told being laid bare, without its effectiveness being in any way affected. I've seen quite a few of Ira Levin's adaptations - 'Rosemary's Baby' and 'The Stepford Wives' - and liked both them, but this just didn't appeal to me. It's an excellent mystery movie soaked in wit. We need and deserve more movies like this! Michael Caine and Chris Reeve in fine form, a filmed play about a play, a wicked dark comedy.. Great movie but where is the widescreen DVD? Past the halfway mark, Deathtrap begins to throw in twists and surprises that turn its premise on its head, then right around, and then in a mad spin, all the time keeping its title appropriate. In the mail the next day Caine receives a manuscript from a former student (Christopher Reeve). Deathtrap has more twists than a bucket of snakes, but it's short on substance . Sidney Bruhl returns to his New England home from the latest in a long series of Broadway flops. Deathtrap seems an unusually skillful and satisfying example of devious entertainment. What would be a death trap for this film would be to reveal all of its twists and turns. ... Deathtrap isn’t a bad movie so to speak but I … Ebert, along with Janet Maslin, and Gary Arnold of The Washington Post noted the similarities to Caine's 1972 film Sleuth, and similarities have subsequently been noted by film historians. Warner Bros. released Deathtrap to theaters on March 19, 1982.Sidney Lumet directed the film starring Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve, and Dyan Cannon. The best murder mysteries, be they on film or in print, are slight affairs that get to the point, spell out their clues, line up their suspects and, hopefully, zap us with a few surprises; being complicated without being unduly confusing. It didn’t have enough gory death scenes in it for my tastes at the time and I thought that it was more than just a little boring. Critic Roger Ebert gave it three stars, calling it "a comic study of ancient and honorable human defects, including greed, envy, lust, pride, avarice, sloth, and falsehood." ''Deathtrap'' is rated PG (''Parental Guidance Suggested''). The dialog is quick, fresh, and witty. Reeves is the only person I have seen who has the character right all the way through. Sign in Sign up Login with Facebook Login with Twitter. Michael Caine excels in roles like these. I love this film to pieces. In the skillful play by Ira Levin (author of "Rosemary's Baby"), filmed with diabolical efficiency by Sidney Lumet, quite on the ball on that one, dramatic turns indeed follow dramatic turns, a sure guarantee of thrills and chills galore. If you havent seen this, watch it immediately. A minor work in the filmography of the author of "Twelve Angry Men", this black humor comedy is nonetheless extremely well crafted and offers as a bonus interesting considerations on the functioning of suspense, on the confrontation of the true, the believable, the false and the fallacious. Interest in the movie depends on its surprises, but its delight grows basically out of the human characteristics of … It is fair to observe, however, that "Deathtrap" is a comic study of ancient and honorable human defects, including greed, envy, lust, pride, avarice, sloth, and falsehood. And that's precisely what happens in DEATHTRAP, based on a chilling play by Ira Levin ("Rosemary's Baby"). Love how Lumet packaged her posterior in those real tight-fitting pants and had her wear possibly the snuggest tops around, but she is terribly miscast in this role - a role which should have been given to an older actress and one certainly less seductive. Every time you think you have a handle on Deathtrap, another plot twist comes along. I'll try. Check out the exclusive TVGuide.com movie review and see our movie rating for Deathtrap It's a who gonna do it to who first. Let's see. It is loaded with twists and overacting, while also being dragged down by a bad ending with bad visuals. Caine and Cannon invite Reeve to come for a visit to the country. By Justin Clark on March 12, 2015 at 10:33AM PDT. REVIEW: I saw Deathtrap one Sunday afternoon on cable when I was a kid and just really couldn’t get into it. Clifford stabs Sidney, and both men die; leaving Helga as the lone survivor. Both movies can only be enjoyed at their full impact on a first viewing, thereafter the viewer knows what surprises are in store. Deathtrap was released in 1982 and has generally received positive reviews. I mean how it really becomes even more about the nature of plotting, how to make up something that has a beat-for-beat rhythm, but is strong enough and clever enough to throw people off guard. The film is top-notch. This film is criminally underrated. Even Dyan Cannon - who I normally don't care for - is perfectly cast in a role that exploits her annoyance value as an actress. It could run for years and earn millions of dollars. Even the film's final fadeout on the theatre marquee is a version of the stageplay's famous logo. Awesome movie! I saw this when it first came out in the theater, and it was so much fun, with so many plot twists and double-crosses--some you can see coming and some not. Best to just sit back and enjoy the ride on this one. I think it showcases what a fine actor he really was, before the unfortunate riding accident cut him short. Deathtrap (1982) - Reviews & Comments. Online reviewers have written 133 reviews, giving Deathtrap (1982) an average rating of 65%. One of the best actors of the last 50 years and in this film as good as he has ever been. Interest in the movie depends on its surprises, but its delight grows basically out of the human characteristics of its performers. Anyone who has ever labored in frustration with an un-finishable Sunday New York Times crossword knows that any puzzle that takes too long to solve ceases to be any fun. The stage is set for murder, betrayal, and at least an hour and a half of surprises. It succeeds, more or less. But why quibble with an obvious attempt to bribe its male viewers when nothing will change it now? It enjoyed a profitable resurrection in 1978 with Ira Levin's Deathtrap. Caine and Reeves (an underrated actor who never really got a chance to do more than soggy romances and "Superman") play off each other extremely well here. Actors: Christopher Reeve. Incredibly convoluted mystery-thriller is highlighted by witty dialogue ("Well, it's not what you'd call involuntary homicide") but has a few TOO many twists. The premise is that an accomplished playwright, whose star is falling, receives a magnificent manuscript from a former student and so he plans to off his protege and appropriate his play, to the (loud) protests of his wife. It holds the record for the longest-running comedy-thriller on Broadway, and was nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Play. | Directed by Sidney Lumet. The sets are so good they're almost distracting (a windmill appears to operate in close association with the Bruhls' bed). It's more fiendishly complicated than, for example, Caine's similar outing in "Sleuth.". The premise is that an accomplished playwright, whose star is falling, receives a magnificent manuscript from a former student and so he plans to off his protege and appropriate his play, to the (loud) protests of his wife. Watch Deathtrap movie trailer and get the latest cast info, photos, movie review and more on TVGuide.com. Director Sidney Lumet, no stranger to film, is quite good for the most part in creating the tension the film needs to motor on. Unlike Tinseltown's version of HELLO, DOLLY!, Jay Presson Allen's screen adaptation of Ira Levin's hit Broadway thriller couldn't wait for it's stage incarnation to shutter before putting it up on the silver screen, so producers wisely decided to make the most of it's lengthy White Way run! Michael Caine plays a very successful Broadway playwright whose latest mystery is a total flop. Director: Sidney Lumet Cast: Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve, Dyan Cannon Distributed by: Warner Bros. Archive Running Time: 116 minutes MPAA Rating: PG Release Date: November 20, 2012 Film: 3.5 out of 5 stars Extras: 1/2 out of 5 stars “Deathtrap” is a fun mix of comedy and cat and mouse genre. Written expertly by the likes of Ira Levin and depicted with the best performance of Christopher Reeve's career and one of Caine's very best, this is simply excellent. We see him at the outset, standing at the back of the house, a gloomy witness to a disastrous opening night. CW Reboots Walker but Forgets to Give Him a Personality, Something as Extraordinary as Birth Itself: Kornél Mundruczó and Kata Wéber on Pieces of a Woman, 10 Upcoming Films That Could Shake Up Oscar Season, Leslie Odom Jr., Aldis Hodge, Eli Goree, and Kingsley Ben-Adir on the Brotherhood of One Night in Miami. He shares his pain of failure with his loving wife Myra. Clifford is such a hard role to play and in the stage production of this I have never seen Clifford played well on both ends of the spectrum. Read movie and film review for Deathtrap (1982) - Sidney Lumet on AllMovie - Sidney Lumet's cinematic adaptation of Ira… This is one of my favorite movies of all time. Roger Ebert was the film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times from 1967 until his death in 2013. The play’s author, Helga Ten Dorp, proudly stands to take in their ovation. Most noted for its on screen kiss between Michael Caine and Christopher Reeve (which was unfortunately cut from the televised version I saw), this movie has a great deal more to recommend it. Shame really - very rarely do I watch a film and am left feeling disappointed at the end. Deathtrap Movie Review Summary. Irene Worth stands out as the funny psychic. Another interesting feature is the way Myra, the main character's wife, finds out about herself in time of danger and crisis (forgive me for not giving you more details about that, spoiling the fun being out of the question). "Deathtrap" is a wonderful windup fiction machine with a few modest ambitions: 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's a Broadway in-joke that the play he's watching is being performed on the stage set of "Deathtrap.") External Reviews The duo of Michael … Continue reading "Blu-ray Review “Deathtrap”" No one better spoil this piece of work! It's a thriller that depends on all sorts of surprises for its effects, and you may continue reading in the confidence that I'll reveal none of them. One of very few movies I couldn't instantly solve or predict and worth a second or even third viewing, "Deathtrap" gets a 9/10 and earns every iota of it. Today, I take a look at Deathtrap and try to answer the question, "Is it any good?" He shares his pain of failure with his loving wife Myra. That said, Deathtrap is some easy fun throughout with Caine and Reeve having good chemistry together as the humor and mystery get terrifyingly meta. The tables are turned so many times in this movie that you would think they were on wheels. "Deathtrap" is not a great film and will not live forever, but if you're an aficionado of whodunits and haven't seen this one, it'll be a treat. Both movies can only be enjoyed at their full impact on a first viewing, thereafter the viewer knows what surprises are in store. Movie reviews for Deathtrap. The first time I watched this movie was in my high school drama class, and I must say I enjoyed it very much. Sidney Bruhl returns to his New England home from the latest in a long series of Broadway flops. When a playwright with writer’s block receives play one of his students wrote, he … And what about Dyan Cannon ? | Grade: Above Average (3 out of 5) Deathtrap has an incredibly interesting plot, but somehow director Sidney Lumet focuses the film on the least interesting aspects of the story. ‘Deathtrap’ Movie Summary. Highly Recommended - Deathtrap Review ... Rather than making Deathtrap outdated, this only makes watching it similar to watching a classic movie from the 70s, but with live action, better audio, and an enhanced feeling of claustrophobia, since our view of the set never changes. How about Dyan Cannon? Or so you think, for the first half of the movie. Deathtrap runs like a play within a movie about who did what to whom, as it primarily takes place on one set. Even when the winking gets to be too much, as it inevitably does in Deathtrap, there is nonetheless a great relish in the viewing. The mystery has some glaring flaws which do detract somewhat, and I was not wholly satisfied with the ending, but watching Caine and Reeve under Lumet's direction with Levin's elevated verbiage was enough to ensnare my interest and keep it captive the entire length of the film. Perhaps. The dialogue is witty without being Neil Simonized. Deathtrap is a film adaptation of a three part play by Ira Levin, famous author of Rosemary’s Baby and The Stepford Wives. The film's opening and closing scenes are shot inside New York's intimate Music Box Theater where DEATHTRAP played for nearly five years. DEATHTRAP - like Michael Caine's other mystery thriller - SLEUTH (with Lawence Olivier) - this movie plays tricks with the viewer in a most entertaining and surprising way. Deathtrap was released in 1982 and has generally received positive reviews. Caine gets drunk and goes home to his farmhouse in Connecticut and sinks into despair. It had already been bought for the movies at the highest price any non-musical, and the question in my mind was how to open it up for the screen. A work like Deathtrap would've impressed Hitchcock (there's a reference at one point, in due notice, to Dial M For Murder, also based on a play about the intricacies of plotting murder), as it's about the devilish wanton things with characters, and being stylish with camera-work so that nothing is ever too static. When a playwright with writer’s block receives play one of his students wrote, he … Featured Movie News. It keeps you guessing to the very end and refuses to travel in a straight line at all times. Deathtrap Movie Review Summary. Deathtrap (Sidney Lumet, 1982) A Broadway playwright puts murder in his plan to take credit for a student's script. "Deathtrap," however, provides a fascinating, quirky character in Sidney Bruhl, played by Caine, and two strong supporting performances in his goofy, screaming wife (Cannon, looking great) and his talented, devious student (Reeve, who has a light, handsome comic touch not a million miles removed from Cary Grant's). ‘Deathtrap’ Movie Summary. This film is essentially a pitch-black dark comedy and a murder mystery. So to sum it up: the real life play "Deathtrap" was about a fictional play of the same name and the movie "Deathtrap" is based on said play. ... Mortal Kombat 11 Adds 1995 Movie Skins In New DLC. You really see the range in his acting abilities in this movie from "exhaling cheeseburgers" to downright frightening. They do a very good job. A plausible plan? As for the cast, I would say it is worthy of this... great little film. Deathtrap is a 1978 Ira Levin play that takes on the concept of what makes a play, a playwright, a thriller and a relationship work. DEATHTRAP is one of those films that it is very difficult to discuss, for to do so in any detail gives away the very plot for which it is famous. Christopher Reeve and Micheal Caine were brilliant and kept me going through the whole affair. Gleefully mean-spirited misanthropic thriller. | Deathtrap is funny, sophisticated, witty, and classy. It's so hard to describe this movie without giving anything away so I won't mention anything more about the plot. The play, "Deathtrap," is a five character, two act thriller so perfect in its construction that, as Sidney says, "A gifted director couldn't even hurt it." Awards Deathtrap Review War ensemble. Twist upon twist makes an absorbing mystery even better... A maze of plot twists and turns that keeps you guessing until the end. It plays absolutely fair, more or less, and yet fools us every time, more or less. Rating: * * * By Charles Spencer 07 September 2010 • 23:24 pm . It contains mild violence, salty language and sexual innunendoes that should not, for the sake of the plot,be described here. | Deathtrap seems an unusually skillful and satisfying example of devious entertainment. This is Sidney Lumet's territory, and he does very well at it. Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Deathtrap; Is the next 'Great American Play' worth killing for, or will the search be a Deathtrap...? Therefore I will be brief in saying it concerns a play, one man who is a famous mystery playwright, another man who is a promising writer, the playwright's wife who is much younger and sexier than the role should have been, and one German psychic along for the ride. SYNOPSIS: A playwright that is desperate to come up with his next big hit decides to kill one of his students and steal his idea for a play that he wrote. The audience stands up, and applauds to the debut of a play called Deathtrap. Deathtrap, Noel Coward Theatre, review. It offers as much double-crossing amusement as one can reasonably expect from a theatrical murder mystery. Well just adorable as Caine's neurotic wife. Movie Reviews ... SF, Horror and Fantasy Film Review review [4/5] filmcritic.com (Christopher Null) review [3.5/5] Movieman's Guide to the Movies dvd review [3/5] [Blu-Ray Version] FAQ The comparison to Sleuth, the earlier stage-play-turned-film, is obvious and upon my first viewing I too thought Sleuth was better, but Deathtrap has, at least for me, many more repeat viewings in it than Sleuth. When the crime and its fallout are unraveling, Deathtrap is nearly mesmerizing; however, the goofy side characters and extended argument scenes (and all the yelling and screaming) wore me out. 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