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Viggo Mortensen in A Perfect Murder
A Perfect Murder Cast and Crew
Viggo Mortensen: David Shaw
Other leading roles:
A Perfect Murder Synopsis
The husband (Michael Douglas) is a currency trader whose portfolio value is shrinking disasterously. The wife (Gwyneth Paltrow) is the heiress to a $100 million fortune. The marriage is not a happy one, but the promise of long-term affluence keeps them together. The wife pursues an affair with an artist (Viggo Mortensen) who gives her all the passion she doesn't get at home. The husband decides that his wife is worth more dead than alive.
A Perfect Murder Brief Review
This remake of the Hitchcock classic, Dial M for Murder, is aesthetically appealing and the performances are strong. Still it seems to be missing its heart. The police inspector was the only character I felt I might enjoy getting to know better.
A Perfect Murder Soundtrack
Original score by James Newton Howard:
A Perfect Murder Articles & Interviews
Versatile Viggo - Express, June 5, 1998 [Brego.net]
The Hot New 39-Year-Old - Movieline, August 1998
"I didn't break up Gwyneth and Ben" - Now Magazine, April 14, 1999 [Brego.net]
Perfect Murder Resources
DVD Review: A Perfect Murder - Detailed review of the film, cast and DVD production values. Offers an interesting analysis of Mortensen's character: "Viggo Mortensen is perfectly cast as the 'artistic' murderer, who easily switches from the charming lover to the cold criminal. Most of his credibility comes from how he plays off the tortured soul, knowing he has to kill the one he believes he loves. When snared like an animal, he becomes as vicious as a wild animal and tries to make the best of the situation."
MovieWeb: A Perfect Murder - A dozen nice high-resolution still shots from the film plus basic background information.
Official Perfect Murder Site - Warner Brothers' official Perfect Murder site is organized as a crime investigation, which may be fun for some but makes it hard to find information. Still there are the usual film clips and trailers, stills and screensavers, brief cast biographies. The site map helps.
Rob's Reviews: A Perfect Murder - Curmudgeonly reviewer Rob Gonsalves rips apart the plot and performances in A Perfect Murder, calling it "twisty and preposterous and boring." I like his description of David Shaw as a "lank-haired hipster artist (Viggo Mortensen, looking like an unholy cross between Kurt Cobain and Harlan Ellison)."
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