A PERFECT MURDER
About The Production
"This film is not a who done it," says "A Perfect Murder" cast member David Suchet, "it's a how done it
"This film is not a who done it," says "A
Perfect Murder" cast member David Suchet, "it's a how
Indeed, the film does not rely upon keeping the audience in the
dark about the oftensinister goingson within...rather,
it lets them in on the lethal mischief step by step, as the story
weaves a notsostraight path through the twisted corridors
of love, passion, deception, sexual jealousy and murder.
These were the themes that interested Christopher Mankiewicz,
an independent producer who was developing several projects at
Warner Bros. Says Mankiewicz, "I had always loved 'Dial M
For Murder,' but felt that it contained untapped potential. I
thought that with its themes of greed, jealousy and intrigue,
the bones of the story were remarkably contemporary and we could
bring the rest of the elements into the '90s and have a very exciting
At about the same time, producer Arnold Kopelson had viewed a
laser disc of 'Dial M for Murder' and decided, with his producing
partner and wife, Anne Kopelson, that he wanted to remake the
film. When he learned that Christopher Mankiewicz was already
involved in the project, he teamed with Mankiewicz to continue
bringing a new version of the movie to fruition.
Explains Kopelson, "There's an old adage about there only
being about two dozen stories in the world and they're told and
retold in every culture. A really good story is full of
potential, and this is a firstrate story full of
glamour, dramatic tension, interesting characters, unexpected
plot twists and suspenseful thrills. As soon as I saw it, I knew
that we could make a provocative contemporary version of this
story that people would want to see."
Mankiewicz continues, "We brought on screenwriter Patrick
Kelly to develop a story that would embrace the classic thriller
elements of Knott's play and Hitchcock's adaptation, and at the
same time contemporize the characters and their environment. We
attempted to open up the story to move it away from being what
we thought was a contained stage production. And in particular,
we changed the role of the lover to make him a more active part
of the story. Patrick Smith Kelly gave us a razor'sedge
script which updated and retailored the material."
Producers Arnold and Anne Kopelson also immediately asked Peter
MacgregorScott, with whom they had previously collaborated on
Warner Bros.' massive hit, "The Fugitive," to join them
as a producer on the film. And all of the filmmakers agreed that
Andrew Davis, who had directed the Oscarnominated "The
Fugitive," was a firstrate choice to direct this sophisticated
Kopelson emphasizes, "Andy Davis is an intelligent and disciplined
director, and this story is just right for him, with its mix of
plot and character. We were very excited to be reteaming
on this project after our experience on 'The Fugitive."'
"It's a puzzle piece," says Davis, "a triangle
about three people who seemingly love and hate each other at the
same time. I was really attracted to the story and the script.
The possibility of exploring this incredible tension and puzzling
twists and turns really lured me into directing this film."
"Hitchcock, of course, filmed Knott's play with great style,"
says Macgregor-Scott. "What we've tried to do is to resurrect
it in a completely new and fresh form. And Andy Davis was
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