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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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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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El detective  »

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1.85 : 1
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This is one of only seven films to receive more than one Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. In this instance, Sir Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine were so nominated. The other six films were Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) for which Clark Gable, Charles Laughton and Franchot Tone were all nominated, From Here to Eternity (1953) for which Montgomery Clift and Burt Lancaster were nominated, Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) for which Maximilian Schell and Spencer Tracy were nominated, Becket (1964) for which Peter O'Toole and Richard Burton were nominated, Sleuth (1972) for which Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine were nominated, The Dresser (1983) for which Tom Courtenay and Albert Finney and Amadeus (1984) for which F. Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce were nominated. Of the actors in question, only Schell and Abraham won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the relevant performances. See more »

Goofs

When Inspector Doppler is interviewing Andrew on Sunday Morning, Andrew's paper is folded and put over the arm of his chair twice. See more »

Quotes

Andrew Wyke: [picking out a possible disguise for the phony robbery] One black facemask, one black flat cap, a striped jersey and a bag marked "Swag".
Milo Tindle: Why not a neon sign with "Burglar" on it?
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Connections

Referenced in The Wicker Man Enigma (2001) See more »

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Anything goes
Words and music by Cole Porter
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The ultimate "thinking persons" movie.
15 July 2002 | by (Longmont, Colorado) – See all my reviews

When Britain does it right....no one can come close to it! This was just such a movie. A filmed version of Anthony Shaffer's own wonderful stage play, the brilliance needed to sustain 138 minutes attention between just two people in three or four rooms of a single house - should not be underestimated. Olivier is in his element as the upper crust land-owner who invites Alfie-esque hairdresser Caine to his mansion, simply to acknowledge his wife's infidelity with him and to inform Caine that he is messing with the wrong guy.

The dialog driven plot is probably beyond the grasp of most younger viewers, but is a veritable revelation for those seeking to be entertained on a grand scale. As important a player as anyone else, the house itself and its many wondrous artifacts are simply stunning. How the tables are turned and the roles reversed? Without doubt, one of the greatest films ever made.

As for Alex Cawthorne's stunning performance as Inspector Doppler, what can I say? Its almost as is he wasn't there!


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