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Sleuth (1972)

PG | | Mystery, Thriller | 12 July 1973 (UK)
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.


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


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Complete credited cast:
Alec Cawthorne ...
John Matthews ...
Detective Sergeant Tarrant
Eve Channing ...
Marguerite Wyke
Teddy Martin ...
Police Constable Higgs


Andrew Wyke is a famous and successful author of detective novels. Milo Tindle comes to him with a strange request - that Mr Wyke divorce his wife so that Tindle can marry her. Mr Wyke is not particularly perturbed by this - he and his wife have drifted apart and he is having an affair with another woman anyway - but uses the meeting and Mr Tindle's request as a chance to play a game, a game with potentially deadly consequences. Written by grantss

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If it was murder, where's the body? If it was for a woman, which woman? If it's only a game, why the blood? See more »


Mystery | Thriller


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12 July 1973 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Juego mortal  »

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(Westrex Recording System)


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1.85 : 1
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Last film of Joseph L. Mankiewicz. See more »


(at around 48 mins) When Milo throws Andrew's manuscript into the air, the Edgar Allan Poe award statuette is on the mantel; the trophy then disappears in the next shot of Andrew, only to reemerge a few moments later. See more »


Milo Tindle: It looks like you've had it. They're coming up the drive.
Andrew Wyke: Keep them out!
Milo Tindle: Keep the police out? It's just not done, old boy. But still, I'll try.
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Remade as Sleuth (2007) See more »


Just one of these things
Words and music by Cole Porter
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28 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

The stars have a ball with this exceptional adaptation of the award winning play from Anthony Shaffer, directed by Mankiewicz. Mystery writer Olivier invites his wife's lover, played by Caine to his lavish country home - perhaps to propose a scheme that would benefit both of them. Ah, but what's the real purpose. Stay poised and ready for thrills as both stars lead us through a devilishly cunning script, filled with a crackerjack conclusion. Both stars and their director were Oscar nominated.

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