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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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>

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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 »

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Alan Bates was offered the role of Milo but turned it down after walking out of the play, believing the role to be "unbecoming of an actor of his stature". See more »

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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 »

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Inspector Doppler: Over the years my eyes have been adequately trained to see things for themselves, sir.
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Featured in Premio Donostia a Michael Caine (2000) See more »

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You do something to me
Words and music by Cole Porter
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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.


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