A Kind of Murder

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A Kind of Murder
A Kind of Murder (film) poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Andy Goddard
Produced by
Written by Susan Boyd
Based on The Blunderer
by Patricia Highsmith
Music by
  • Danny Bensi
  • Saunder Jurrians
Cinematography Chris Seager
Edited by
  • Jane Rizzo
  • Elisabet Ronaldsdottir
Distributed by Magnolia Pictures
Release date
  • April 17, 2016 (2016-04-17) (Tribeca)
  • December 16, 2016 (2016-12-16) (United States)
Running time
95 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $89,899[1]

A Kind of Murder is a 2016 American mystery thriller film, directed by Andy Goddard from a screenplay by Susan Boyd. It is based upon the Patricia Highsmith novel The Blunderer. It stars Patrick Wilson, Jessica Biel, Vincent Kartheiser, Haley Bennett, and Eddie Marsan. The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 17, 2016.[2] The film was released on December 16, 2016, by Magnolia Pictures.


Walter Stackhouse is an architect by day, and a wanna-be novelist by night. He writes short-story crime fiction and is fascinated by a recent murder in 1960 of a local woman. He meets her husband by visiting the man's used bookstore. Stackhouse has a troubled marriage, and his wife turns up dead. The police detective investigating both deaths suspects each husband of killing his wife, and a possible connection between the two crimes. As the investigation continues, the plot twists set in, leading up to the unexpected and dark ending.



In February 2013, it was revealed that Andy Goddard had been attached to direct the film, from a screenplay by Susan Boyd, with Ted Hope, Christine Vachon, and Kelly McCormick producing under their Killer Films and Sierra Pictures banner, respectively.[3] In May 2014, it was announced that Patrick Wilson, Jessica Biel, Imogen Poots and Toby Jones had been cast in the film.[4] In November 2014, Haley Bennett joined the cast of the film, replacing Poots.[5] That same month, Eddie Marsan joined the cast of the film, replacing Jones.[6] In August 2015, the film was re-titled "A Kind of Murder".[7]


Principal photography began on November 17, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio, under the title "The Blunderer".[8][9][10] In December 2014, a casting call was put out for 1950 cars, and male extras.[11][12] Production concluded on December 16, 2014.[13]


In June 2015, it was reported that Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurrians had composed the score for the film.[14]


The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 17, 2016.[15][16] Shortly after, Magnolia Pictures acquired distribution rights to the film.[17] The film was released on December 16, 2016.[18]


Rotten Tomatoes showed an Average Rating: 4.8/10 critics who reviewed the film soon after opening, and currently maintains a 36% approval rating. Some believed that the screenplay did not adequately develop the noir mystery; one critic praised the evocation of the 1960s.

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  1. ^ "A Kind of Murder". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 12, 2017.
  2. ^ "A Kind of Murder". TribecaFilm.com. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  3. ^ Team, The Deadline (February 22, 2013). "Andy Goddard To Helm 'The Blunderer'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  4. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (May 8, 2014). "Cannes: Patricia Highsmith Novel 'The Blunderer' Lands Patrick Wilson, Jessica Biel Atop Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  5. ^ Kit, Borys (November 18, 2014). "Haley Bennett Joins Patrick Wilson, Jessica Biel in Psychological Thriller (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  6. ^ Yamato, Jen (November 25, 2014). "Broadway's Lesli Margherita Joins 'One Shot'; Eddie Marsan Cast In 'The Blunderer' Adaptation". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  7. ^ "Jessica Biel's "The Blunderer" Becomes "A Kind of Murder"". Jessica-Biel.com. August 8, 2015. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  8. ^ "On the Set for 11/24/14: Natalie Portman Wraps Up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Point Break Swims to Shore & More". Ssninsider.com. November 24, 2014. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  9. ^ Kiesewetter, John (November 18, 2014). "Meet the stars of 'The Blunderer'". Cincinnati.com. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  10. ^ Mains, Brian (October 29, 2014). "The Blunderer" becomes third Hollywood film shot in Cincinnati in 2014". Wcpo.com. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  11. ^ Kiesewetter, John (December 8, 2014). "'The Blunderer' needs more 1950s cars". Cincinnati.com. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  12. ^ Kiesewetter, John (December 9, 2014). "U da man? 'The Blunderer' needs male extras". Cincinnati.com. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  13. ^ "On the Set for 12/19/14: Emilia Clarke Wraps Voice from the Stone, Idris Elba Finishes Up Bastille Day & More". Ssninsider.com. December 22, 2014. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  14. ^ "Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurrians to score The Blunderer". Filmmusicreporter.com. June 30, 2015. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  15. ^ "A Kind of Murder". TribecaFilm.com. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  17. ^ "A Kind of Murder". Magnolia Pictures. Retrieved August 21, 2016.
  18. ^ "A Kind of Murder". Movie Insider. August 14, 2016. Retrieved August 21, 2016.
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