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''A Perfect Murder'' is a 1998 thriller film starring Creator/MichaelDouglas, Creator/GwynethPaltrow, and Creator/ViggoMortensen. It's a {{remake}} of the 1954 [[Creator/AlfredHitchcock Hitchcock]] film ''DialMForMurder''.

Steven Taylor is a Wall Street hedge fund manager who has risen his way through riches. He has a faithful wife named Emily. However, unknown to him, she isn't a faithful wife as she is having an affair with a wealthy artist, David Shaw, and plans to leave him.

Upon discovering the affair, Steven confonts David and exposes him as a con-artist whose real name is Winston LaGrange and who is after Steven and Emily's money, but offers to pay him a substantial amount of money anyway ... in exchange for killing his wife.

!!Tropes included:

* [[spoiler: AssassinOutclassin: Emily, with a cringe-inducing meat thermometer right to the neck.]]
* BilingualBonus[=/=]CunningLinguist: Emily is a translator at the UN and fluent in numerous languages. This pays off when she's able to forge a personal connection with one of the detectives assisting her--asking about the welfare of his wife and children--leading him to put in the extra effort to look after her. Later in the film, as she ventures into an inner-city neighborhood, her perfect Spanish similarly impresses the local hoodlums.
* TheChessmaster: Steven.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Steven always dresses in black whereas Emily is usually dressed in white.
* CrazyJealousGuy
* DeadpanSnarker: Steven and Winston have frequent sparring matches.
* DeletedScene: The original ending was that Emily shoots Steven after finding out what he did. His dying words are that the police would know, so she fakes a struggle, and she ends up committing the perfect murder.
* MayDecemberRomance: Then 25/26 year-old GywnethPaltrow, with then 54 year old MichaelDouglas.
* ModestyBedsheet
* PlethoraOfMistakes
* ThanatosGambit
* TheDogBitesBack: Emily.
* ThirdActStupidity
* TooDumbToLive: That's right Emily, shout "THIS IS FUCKING OVER!" at the psychopath who tried to kill you before trying to storm out of the penthouse.
* XanatosSpeedChess