Deathtrap (1982)

Sidney Lumet directs Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve and Dyan Cannon in this filmed play about a murder mystery playwright who needs a smash even if it means killing someone.

Very meta. Have seen this live and it works better. Always nice to enjoy Reeve in a non-Supes role. The silly psychic character feels like a deep tongue-in-cheek choice that tears a hole in the face. Fun but not earth shattering. Side note – I like Lumet’s habit of working every year but alternating between big meaty dramas or crime pics and then relaxing into just taking a Broadway hit and figuring out the camera set-ups and which movie stars would work in an intimate environment for his fallow year. Kept him busy, stopped him becoming stale.


Perfect Double Bill: Sleuth (1972)

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