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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 »




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


Mystery | Thriller


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Release Date:

12 July 1973 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Juego mortal  »

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(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »


(at around 5 mins) When Wyke is dictating his novel at the beginning of the movie, the microphone he uses is alternately in his hands/on the stone bench between shots. See more »


[last lines]
Milo Tindle: Andrew... remember... be sure and tell them... it was only a bloody game.
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Words and music by Cole Porter
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Joe's puppet theater
11 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

The beginning and the end of the movie take place on a stage:a mortal feud between two characters,played by two splendid actors ,directed by one of the giant of American cinema.It's hard to speak of the screenplay without spoiling the suspense,the action-packed story,the surprises waiting for you every step of the way.The two belligerents are diametrically opposite:Sir Olivier plays a local squire,full of disdain and smugness,he's wealthy and claims a noble pedigree.Michael Caine is what the French call "nouveau riche",the most despicable breed of man to his proud opponent :worse,he 's still working,as a posh hair-dresser at that!Both are oozing hatred ,and behind the automatons,we feel the tempers rise .Height of contempt,Olivier disguises Caine as a clown!Anthony Shaffer's tour de force is rendered with gusto and virtuosity.It' s a pity that it was to remain Mankiewicz's last work.

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