Warner Bros. released Deathtrap to theaters on March 19, 1982. Sidney Lumet directed the film starring Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve, and Dyan Cannon.
‘Deathtrap’ Movie Summary
After Sidney Bruhl’s latest play flops on Broadway, he returns home to Long Island with his wife, Myra. Sidney’s in the midst of a series of flops, and is desperate for another hit. One of his students, Clifford Anderson, lets Sidney read his play called Deathtrap so he can have some feedback on it.
Sidney loves the play, and considers it to be near-perfect. So much so, he dreams up a plan to kill Clifford in order to produce the play as his own. When Sidney invites Clifford to his home covered with weapons, Myra realizes that Sidney might just be serious about his plan.
When Clifford arrives, Myra tries to convince Sidney not to go through with the murder, but she fails. Sidney strangles Clifford to death with a chain. The perfect crime, right?
A psychic named Helga, who’s visiting neighbors, suddenly shows up, and senses death in the house. She then leaves with an ominous warning to Sidney that a man in boots will attack him.
Later that night, Myra hears a noise downstairs, and fears they have an intruder. Sidney proves to her there’s nobody in the house, and they return to bed. Suddenly, Clifford breaks into the room, and attacks Sidney with a log. He then chases Myra through the house until her heart gives out, and she dies. Sidney reappears uninjured, and greets Clifford with a tender kiss over Myra’s dead body.Read the full summary
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