Search - The Perfect Murder - The Merchant Ivory Collection on DVD


The Perfect Murder - The Merchant Ivory Collection
The Perfect Murder - The Merchant Ivory Collection
Actors: Naseeruddin Shah, Stellan Skarsgård, Amjad Khan, Madhur Jaffrey, Annu Kapoor
Director: Zafar Hai
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Comedy, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2005     1hr 33min

Based on the CWA Gold Dagger Award-winning novel by H.R.F Keating, The Perfect Murder follows inspector Ghote (Naseeruddin Shah) of the Bombay police as he pursues his most perplexing case: a savage attack on a rich indust...  more »

     
?

Larger Image

Movie Details

Actors: Naseeruddin Shah, Stellan Skarsgård, Amjad Khan, Madhur Jaffrey, Annu Kapoor
Director: Zafar Hai
Creators: Zafar Hai, Deepak Nayar, Donald Rosenfeld, Godrej, Ismail Merchant, Jitesh Vora, H.R.F. Keating
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Comedy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Crime, Indie & Art House, Comedy, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Merchant Ivory
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 01/18/2005
Original Release Date: 03/02/1990
Theatrical Release Date: 03/02/1990
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 33min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

Similar Movies


Similarly Requested DVDs

Finding Neverland
Widescreen Edition
Director: Marc Forster
   PG   2005   1hr 46min
   
Baby Einstein - Baby Mozart - Music Festival
   NR   2002   2hr 50min
   
What Dreams May Come
Director: Vincent Ward
   PG-13   2003   1hr 53min
   
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
   R   2004   1hr 43min
   
Canciones de Cuna - Songs for Bedtime
Director: Diane Berson
?
   NR   2005   0hr 24min
   
Red Dawn
Director: John Milius
   PG-13   1998   1hr 54min
   
Mommy Me - Playgroup Favorites
   NR   2004   0hr 32min
   
Nanny McPhee
Widescreen Edition
Director: Kirk Jones
   PG   2006   1hr 37min
   
Inside Man
Widescreen Edition
Director: Spike Lee
   R   2006   2hr 9min
   
Baby Einstein - Language Nursery
   NR   2002   2hr 42min
   
 

Movie Reviews

Pleasant Mystery; Great Bombay Setting
C. O. DeRiemer | San Antonio, Texas, USA | 02/18/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Inspector Ghote (Naseeruddin Shah), the famous Bombay detective created by H. R. F. Keating, is called in to investigate an assault on an old retainer in a wealthy Bombay household. He's told this is top priority. He also is charged with discovering a diamond smuggling ring which, he's told, is top priority. And he is assigned to escort a visiting Swedish criminologist (Stellan Skarsgard) and to demonstrate the high quality of Bombay's police activities. Making a good impression on the Swede, he is told, is top priority.

The Inspector Ghote in Keating's mysteries is a mild-mannered, intelligent, persistent and dedicated cop. He has an overbearing boss and a wife who loves him but who also knows what she wants. Naseeruddin Shah, a famous Indian actor, does an excellent job as the Inspector. Skarsgard plays the young Swede as enthusiastic, brave and a little callow. He and Ghote eventually develop mutual respect and liking. Some of the crooks involved with the diamonds come to believe that Skarsgard is a diamond thief, too, which causes a number of complications, some amusing and some dangerous.

The plot lines eventually come together in a reasonably satisfying way. The Perfect Murder is a pleasant mystery, interesting because of the local color (it was shot in Bombay and a good deal of the action takes place in Bombay neighborhoods and streets) and the performances of the actors.

This is one of the releases under the "Merchant-Ivory Productions" name. Ismail Merchant was the executive producer. The DVD is better than average, but the image and audio are both a little soft."
Slow-moving, Rather Silly Mystery
Donegal Dan | Southwest United States | 02/07/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I was hoping for better in this film by Merchant Ivory. I have liked some of their work and others not so much. However, this mystery set in India with an Indian police detective looking for diamond smugglers/thieves is definitely not one of their best and if a series was planned, I trust better was thought of the idea. The Indian detective who is the central figure is supposed to be intelligent but long-suffering and appealingly maladroit with his superiors and his wife at home. However, I found him boring and colorless, and at times downright sappy. Stellen Starsgaard, who looked very young here, plays an almost superfluous character, a visiting Swedish criminologist, who is even more inept than the detective. The plot, in addition to being slow-moving, is rather inane and jerky and overall not very involving. I don't know if the book from which this was derived was good but if so, I would have to say that it was not done justice in this film adaptation."