Dial M for Murder

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Dial M for Murder
Dial M for Murder
  • PG
  • 1h 45m
  • 1954
Certified Fresh88%
Common Sense Media Iconage 13+
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Academy Award winners Grace Kelly and Ray Milland star with Robert Cummings in one of Alfred Hitchcock's greatest thrillers--Dial M for Murder. When playboy tennis pro Tony Wendice (Milland--The Lost Weekend) discovers his rich wife, Margot (Kelly--Rear Window, To Catch a Thief), is having an affair with handsome American Mark Hallidy (Cummings—The Carpetbaggers), he devises an ingenious plot to murder her. But when his scheme takes an unexpected, deadly twist, Tony improvises—implicating Margot for first degree murder in this classic spellbinder.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Certified Fresh88%
Critics Consensus: Dial M for Murder may be slightly off-peak Hitchcock, but by any other standard, it's a sophisticated, chillingly sinister thriller -- and one that boasts an unforgettable performance from Grace Kelly to boot.
Reviews
London Evening Standard
Charlotte O'Sullivan
Fresh

Ray Milland is great as cold fish Tony Wendice, a former tennis pro who plans to bump off his adul...

June 22, 2017
Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
Fresh

The set-up is ingenious and the "kill" scene genuinely thrilling.

June 22, 2017
Little White Lies
Matthew Thrift
Fresh

Second tier Hitch perhaps, but no less enjoyable for it, and still a marvel of cinematic technique...

June 22, 2017
TIME Magazine
Fresh

The fun of Dial M lies in its duel of wits...

June 21, 2017
Village Voice
B. Kite
Fresh

Dial M is less a filmed play than a highly cinematic investigation of theatricality.

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media Iconage 13+
Common Sense Says
Classic Hitchcock thriller is tense but not graphic.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while the movie is a typical Alfred Hitchcock thriller which carefully builds suspense, the action itself is restricted to one violent struggle in which there is an attempted strangulation and the victim uses a pair of scissors to defend herself. The rest of the film takes place almost entirely in an apartment in which characters intricately plan, bargain, bluff, blackmail, spar, and attempt to outwit one another. Two leading characters are revealed to have been adulterous lovers for several years. Set in 1954, alcohol is offered at the beginning of almost every scene as a form of hospitality and friendship. Most people smoke: cigarettes, a cigar, a pipe. Other than young film buffs, there's not much that would appeal to kids here.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Thriller, Drama
  • Release Date:May 29, 1954
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    Stereo
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