Taglines: The trap is set… for a wickedly funny who’ll-do-it.
To make Sidney’s slump all the more painful, Clifford Anderson, 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 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.”
Using his penchant for plot, and out of his desperate desire to once again be the toast of Broadway, Sidney, along with Myra, cook up an almost unthinkable scheme: They’ll lure the would-be playwright to the Bruhl home, kill him, and market the sure-fire script as Sidney’s own. But shortly after Clifford arrives, it’s clear that things are not what they seem! Indeed, even Helga Ten Dorp, a nosey psychic from next door, and Porter Milgram, Sidney’s observant attorney, can only speculate where the line between truth and deception lies.
Deathtrap is a 1982 American thriller film based on Ira Levin’s play of the same name, directed by Sidney Lumet from a screenplay by Levin and Jay Presson Allen, starring Michael Caine, Dyan Cannon and Christopher Reeve. Critics gave the film mostly favorable reviews while noting its plot similarities to Caine’s 1972 film Sleuth.
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Starring: Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve, Dyan Cannon, Irene Worth, Henry Jones, Tony DiBenedetto, Al LeBreton, Jenny Lumet
Screenplay by: Jay Presson Allen
Production Design by: Tony Walton
Cinematography by: Andrzej Bartkowiak
Film Editing by: Jack Fitzstephens
Costume Design by: Tony Walton
Set Decoration by: George DeTitta Sr.
Art Direction by: Edward Pisoni
Music by: Johnny Mandel
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: March 19, 1982