Brian De Palma

Dressed to Kill

Dressed to Kill

Brian De Palma ascended to the highest ranks of American suspense filmmaking with this virtuoso, explicit erotic thriller. At once tongue in cheek and scary as hell, Dressed to Kill revolves around the grisly murder of a woman in Manhattan and how her psychiatrist, her brainiac teenage son, and the prostitute who witnessed the crime try to piece together what happened while the killer remains at large. With its masterfully executed scenes of horror, voluptuous camera work, and passionate score, Dressed to Kill is a veritable symphony of terror, enhanced by vivid performances by Angie Dickinson, Michael Caine, and Nancy Allen.

Film Info

  • Brian De Palma
  • United States
  • 1980
  • 105 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • English
  • Spine #770

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer of director Brian De Palma’s preferred unrated version, supervised by the director, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation between De Palma and filmmaker Noah Baumbach
  • New interviews with actor Nancy Allen, producer George Litto, composer Pino Donaggio, shower-scene body double Victoria Lynn Johnson, and poster photographic art director Stephen Sayadian
  • The Making of “Dressed to Kill,” a 2001 documentary
  • New profile of cinematographer Ralf Bode, featuring filmmaker Michael Apted
  • Interview with actor-director Keith Gordon from 2001
  • Pieces from 2001 about the different versions of the film and the cuts made to avoid an X rating
  • Gallery of storyboards by De Palma
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Michael Koresky
    Cover based on original poster

Purchase Options

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer of director Brian De Palma’s preferred unrated version, supervised by the director, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation between De Palma and filmmaker Noah Baumbach
  • New interviews with actor Nancy Allen, producer George Litto, composer Pino Donaggio, shower-scene body double Victoria Lynn Johnson, and poster photographic art director Stephen Sayadian
  • The Making of “Dressed to Kill,” a 2001 documentary
  • New profile of cinematographer Ralf Bode, featuring filmmaker Michael Apted
  • Interview with actor-director Keith Gordon from 2001
  • Pieces from 2001 about the different versions of the film and the cuts made to avoid an X rating
  • Gallery of storyboards by De Palma
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Michael Koresky
    Cover based on original poster

Dressed to Kill
Cast
Michael Caine
Dr. Robert Elliott
Angie Dickinson
Kate Miller
Nancy Allen
Liz Blake
Keith Gordon
Peter Miller
Dennis Franz
Detective Marino
David Margulies
Dr. Levy
Susanna Clemm
Betty Luce
Ken Baker
Warren Lockman
Brandon Maggart
Cleveland Sam
Amalie Collier
Cleaning woman
Mary Davenport
Woman in restaurant
Anneka De Lorenzo
Nurse
Credits
Director
Brian De Palma
Written by
Brian De Palma
Produced by
George Litto
Music composed by
Pino Donaggio
Conducted by
Natale Massara
Director of photography
Ralf Bode
Art director
Gary Weist
Costumes
Ann Roth
Edited by
Jerry Greenberg
Production manager/Associate producer
Fred Caruso
Assistant director
Michael Rauch
Camera operator
Michael Stone

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