Dial M For Murder Rating: PG 11+

3.9231 out of 5 13 Votes (Members)
Duration
105 mins
Year
1954
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Tony Wendice is a retired tennis champion who decides to have his wife Sheila murdered so that he can pocket the life insurance. He contracts an old college friend to do the deed, but things don't go according to plan. However, the slippery Wendice is not beaten yet and begins to weave an ever-more complicated web of deceit. Dial M for Murder's origins as a stage play lend director Alfred Hitchcock's taut thriller a feverish claustrophobia, its relentlessly inventive plot-twists teasing and tantalising you right up until the very end.

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  • Francis, 18

    5 out of 5
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    Francis, 18
    Date
    2014-01-04 17:55:01

    Alfred Hitchcock is once again able to astonish, shock and amaze his audiences with this murder mystery thriller. With stars appearing such as Ray Milland, Robert Cummings and Grace Kelly once again performing as the 'Hitchcock blonde'. Hitch is again proving his genius by showing us all how little space you need to pull off such a tense and exciting film like 'Dial M for Murder', similarly to others made previously such as 'Rope' and 'Rear Window', the master of suspense can once again show that all that is needed to make such a great film is just one set and a handful of talented actors.

    When ex Tennis player Tony Wendice (Ray Milland) grows aware that his wife Margot (Grace Kelly) is having an affair with his American friend Mark (Robert Cummings), Tony decides to teach his wife a lesson..for good. However after circumstances lead the murder to go differently Tony has to deal with a completely different murder investigation and has to rely on his brains and charm to talk his way out of his tricky situation.

    Similar to other Hitchcock works, 'Dial M for Murder' does rely mainly on dialogue but this doesn't make the film any less tense. The film also holds many Hitchcock clich├ęs that are fondly used in many of his works, such as the obvious one being that there is a murder investigation and features people plotting to murder someone close to them, again rather similar to 'Rope' and 'Rear Window'. Furthermore there's the use of dramatic irony used so we know who the villan is and we follow their footsteps hoping that the other characters will be able to figure out what's going on. One of the things that made Hitchcock films so fascinating and so different is the way that he uses a villainous protagonist and he was able to offer an opposite viewpoint of cinema in contrast with the usual handsome hero.

    Despite the age of 'Dial M for Murder' the film has managed to stand the test of time and be thoroughly enjoyable even in the modern day. I suppose for me the key reason for this is through the way that it doesn't try too hard to do too much and rather is made much more tense by it's simplicity and a fantastically evil Ray Milland, playing the role of the British mastermind villain, Robert Cummings playing the handsome American hero and of course Grace Kelly playing the beautiful damsel in distress. It's hard to say too much about this film without giving any away as it really is one of those films even from the beginning it's better you just watch and enjoy without knowing too much.

    A truly fantastic mystery thriller that will impress and surprise audiences even today, nice work Hitch you've done it again.

  • stephanie, 12

    5 out of 5
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    stephanie, 12
    Date
    2013-02-27 15:44:57

    'Dial M for Murder' is about a man who wants to kill his wife using the 'perfect murder'. He decides to get someone else to perform the murder for him... except no one expects him to fail. Naturally she bites back using a pair of scissors killing him instead. His wife is charged a death sentence and her friend tries to help her, instead he discovers the husband's master plan.I feel that this is an amazing film and Alfred Hitchcock is indeed a genius.

  • michael, 23

    3 out of 5
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    michael, 23
    Date
    2013-02-27 15:44:26

    I quite liked "Dial M for Murder", though I don't think anyone would actually murder someone just for insurance. However I though that Grace Kelly's reactions were incredible

  • tony, 12

    5 out of 5
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    tony, 12
    Date
    2013-02-27 15:42:19

    I loved this movie simply because of how good the actors played their parts and of how good the plot was.

  • Jonathan, 12

    5 out of 5
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    Jonathan, 12
    Date
    2013-02-27 15:32:53

    This is an epic film because it left you in suspense when something out of the ordinary happened, like the beginning and end they were both very suspenseful. Epic Film!!!!!ENJOY!!! :-P

  • Mairi, 12

    4 out of 5
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    Mairi, 12
    Date
    2013-02-27 15:30:55

    Is there such a thing as a perfect murder? 'Dial M For Murder' asks that question, and asks it in a way that keeps you musing about it long after viewing. The story is about a man who hires someone to kill his wife, but everything goes wrong. The murder is so well thought out that you start to believe it could actually work (though hopefully no one will try it). While it's not as good as other Hitchcock films, I still like it and would probably see it again.

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