MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 601 this week

Sleuth (1972)

8.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.1/10 from 34,040 users  
Reviews: 133 user | 53 critic

A man who loves games and theater invites his wife's lover to meet him, setting up a battle of wits with potentially deadly results.

Writers:

(play), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 42 titles
created 29 Sep 2010
 
a list of 43 titles
created 03 Jan 2011
 
a list of 22 titles
created 15 Mar 2011
 
a list of 31 titles
created 08 Apr 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 28 Sep 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Sleuth" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Sleuth (1972)

Sleuth (1972) on IMDb 8.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Sleuth.

User Polls

Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Sleuth (2007)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

On his sprawling country estate, an aging writer matches wits with the struggling actor who has stolen his wife's heart.

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Michael Caine, Jude Law, Harold Pinter
Alfie (1966)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An unrepentant ladies' man gradually begins to understand the consequences of his lifestyle.

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: Michael Caine, Shelley Winters, Millicent Martin
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young wife decides to complete her education and take her exams. She meets a professor who teaches her to value her own insights while still being able to beat the exams. The change in ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: Michael Caine, Julie Walters, Michael Williams
Deathtrap (1982)
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A Broadway playwright puts murder in his plan to take credit for a student's script.

Director: Sidney Lumet
Stars: Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve, Dyan Cannon
Get Carter (1971)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

When his brother dies under mysterious circumstances in a car accident, London gangster Jack Carter travels to Newcastle to investigate.

Director: Mike Hodges
Stars: Michael Caine, Ian Hendry, Britt Ekland
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An older British reporter vies with a young U.S. doctor for the affections of a beautiful Vietnamese woman.

Director: Phillip Noyce
Stars: Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser, Do Thi Hai Yen
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Two British soldiers in India decide to resign from the Army and set themselves up as deities in Kafiristan--a land where no white man has set foot since Alexander.

Director: John Huston
Stars: Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer
Rebecca (1940)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

One man show about the presidency of Harry S Truman.

Director: Steve Binder
Stars: James Whitmore
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

In a murder trial, the defendant says he suffered temporary insanity after the victim raped his wife. What is the truth, and will he win his case?

Director: Otto Preminger
Stars: James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Alec Cawthorne ...
John Matthews ...
Eve Channing ...
Teddy Martin ...
Edit

Storyline

Milo Tindle and Andrew Wyke have something in common, Andrew's wife. In an attempt to find a way out of this without costing Andrew a fortune in alimony, he suggests Milo pretend to rob his house and let him claim the insurance on the stolen jewelry. The problem is that they don't really like each other and each cannot avoid the zinger on the other. The plot has many shifts in which the advantage shifts between Milo and Andrew. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Think of the perfect crime... then go one step further. See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

10 December 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El detective  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The photograph raised up the wall to replace the one shot by Andrew is of Agatha Christie. See more »

Goofs

When Milo and Andrew have blown the safe and are organizing the fake robbery, the shadows of crew members are visible behind the translucent windows. See more »

Quotes

Inspector Doppler: Over the years my eyes have been adequately trained to see things for themselves, sir.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ken Adam: Designing Bond (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Just one of these things
Words and music by Cole Porter
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Live-Action Chess Match.
3 July 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Brilliant film about two men (Oscar nominees Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine) who meet at Olivier's house and go over an elaborate scheme to keep Olivier's fortune when his wife (about to divorce him to be with Caine) leaves him by staging a robbery performed by Caine. The strangeness does not stop there though as the two men each have personal motives and the twists and turns become dizzying as the movie progresses. Laurence Olivier is truly magnificent here, as he almost always was. Michael Caine, only 39 at the time, holds his own and that is far from an easy thing to do in a production like this. Joseph L. Mankiewicz's brilliant direction makes a film that could have been very dull into a stunning cinematic experience that stands tall against other films from the 1970s and all other decades for that matter. 5 stars out of 5.


27 of 37 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Films similar to this? UbiquitousCouch
boring kittu
Top 250? rickyrockard
Should I watch it with kids? mark-1602
Red jacket and hat UserToBeAnnounced
More People Need To See This Movie bad_tattoo
Discuss Sleuth (1972) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page