Film: Dressed to Kill

"Oh Doctor, I'm so unhappy. I'm a woman trapped inside a man's body—
and you're not helping me to get out!"
Voice of Bobbi on Elliott's answering machine

Dressed to Kill is a 1980 erotic crime thriller film written and directed by Brian De Palma and starring Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson and Nancy Allen. It centers on the murder of a housewife, and the investigation headed by the witness to the murder, a young prostitute, and the housewife’s teenaged son.

The film was the target of some backlash from the gay and transgender communities, who felt that its portrayal of transgender people was misguided and transphobic. In addition, De Palma was accused of being misogynistic by feminist groups.


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