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Dressed to Kill

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  • Dressed to Kill
  • Author: Brian De Palma
  • Director: Brian De Palma
  • Producer: Samuel Z. Arkoff
  • Year: 1980
  • Country: US
  • 105 minutes
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A sexually-frustrated wife seeking to spice up her life is murdered early in the film and her psychiatrist is called in to help solve the case. Initially reluctant to help the police, the psychiatrist finds that the detective assigned to the murder seems happy to do nothing, leaving the investigation to a prostitute who witnessed the murder and the son of the deceased.

Qvamp says:

An interesting movie in regards to the subject of transsexuals. We learn fairly early in the movie that the killer is a transsexual. However, the movie takes pains to try to make sure people realize that all transsexuals are not killers. A clip of Phil Donahue is played which has a transsexual talking about how most of them are fairly normal people. The end of the movie has about a 10 minute clip devoted to explaining how a person is giving an m-to-f sex change.

The movie itself was artistically done, to the point that parts of it are very hard to watch.

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