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Sidney Lumet provides another of his film adaptations of Broadway successes -- in this case Ira Levin's 1978 clever Broadway murder mystery that starred John Wood in a triumphant turn as down-on-his-luck playwright Sidney Bruhl. Wood's brittle airiness is replaced in the film version by Michael Caine's smoldering bitterness. Sidney Bruhl is a successful writer of Broadway mystery plays who was at one time considered the Neil Simon of Broadway mystery writers. Unfortunately, Bruhl is now struggling to live up to his own reputation, suffering through a series of four consecutive flops. But then Bruhl comes upon the manuscript of a brilliant suspense drama written by unknown writer Clifford Anderson (Christopher Reeve). Bruhl, desperate for a hit play, invites Clifford to come to see him, telling him that he is interested in collaborating with him on the play. Actually, Bruhl plans to murder Clifford and pass off Clifford's play as his own. What Bruhl doesn't know, however, is that Clifford has some surprise plot points of his own up his sleeve. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:March 19, 1982

Cast

Michael Caine
as Sidney Bruhl
Christopher Reeve
as Clifford Anderson
Dyan Cannon
as Myra Bruhl
Irene Worth
as Helga Ten Dorp
Henry Jones
as Porter Milgrim
Joe Silver
as Seymour Starger
Tony di Benedetto
as Burt, the Bartender
Perry Rosen
as Stage Actor
Jenny Lumet
as Stage Newsboy
Jayne Heller
as Stage Actress
George Peck
as Stage Actor
Jenny Lumet
as Stage Newsboy
Perry Rosen
as Stage Actor
Jayne Heller
as Stage Actress

Crew

Sidney Lumet
Director
Burtt Harris
Producer
Ira Levin
Play Author
Jay Presson Allen
Screenwriter
Andrzej Bartkowiak
Cinematographer
Johnny Mandel
Composer (Music Score)
Tony Walton
Production Designer
Joseph M. Caracciolo, Jr.
Production Designer
Edward Pisoni
Art Director
Jay Presson Allen
Executive Producer
Tony Walton
Costume Designer
James J. Sabat
Sound/Sound Designer
Bran Ferren
Special Effects
Burtt Harris
First Assistant Director
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