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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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Alec Cawthorne ...
John Matthews ...
Detective Sergeant Tarrant
Eve Channing ...
Marguerite Wyke
Teddy Martin ...
Police Constable Higgs
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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>

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Who was the player? Who was the pawn? In this deadly game . . . See more »

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Mystery | Thriller

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PG | See all certifications »

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12 July 1973 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

El detective  »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

(at around 1h 5 mins) When Andrew goes and answers the ring of the doorbell, you see him walk past two pictures of the former King Edward VIII, later the Duke of Windsor on a wall. The Duke of Windsor died during the making of the film and the production team added a historical touch to mark this event by including pictures of the late Duke. See more »

Goofs

(at around 17 mins) In the snooker game, after Andrew pots the black for the first time, it is clearly seen to be on its spot before Milo takes it from the pocket and re-spots it. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

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

Soundtracks

You do something to me
Words and music by Cole Porter
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Sleuth
28 May 1999 | by (Marietta, OH) – 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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