A Perfect Murder
- 1 hr 48 min
A Perfect Murder is a thriller which stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Michael Douglas. Michael Douglas plays Stephen Taylor, a wealthy and prominent Wall Street businessman. Gwyneth Paltrow plays Emily, his young trophy wife. Emily also has an immense fortune of her own and when Stephen’s business investments begin to turn sour, he realizes that he needs to take advantage of her money if he is to maintain his lifestyle. Stephen also discovers that Emily is having an affair with an ex-con and is planning to leave him. Emily does not know the man she is sleeping with is an ex-convict. Stephen meets with David, the ex-con, and offers him money to kill his wife. This way Stephen will inherit Emily’s money. David at first refuses but Stephen blackmails him and threatens to have him sent back to prison for the rest of his life. Stephen comes up with an elaborate plan for David to follow in order to kill Emily. One day, Emily ends up coming home to the apartment where she is attacked. She quickly grabs a knife in the kitchen and stabs her attacker to death. Stephen comes home stunned to find out that his wife is still alive. He takes the mask off the dead man and discovers that he is not David. Emily is emotional and goes to stay with a friend. The two women discuss Stephen’s financial troubles and Emily realizes that Stephen has a motive to kill her. Meanwhile, David calls Stephen and tries to get the money he promised him for the murder anyway. David has made a recording of Stephen plotting the murder and he attempts to use this as blackmail. Stephen tricks David into fleeing the city and he ends up killing him and keeping the money. He then heads home to Emily who has begun to realize something is amiss. Emily discovers that Stephen was trying to kill her and she kills him in self-defense.