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Release Date:
10 December 1972 (USA) See more »
If it was murder, where's the body? [original movie poster] See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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Directed by
Joseph L. Mankiewicz 
Writing credits
Anthony Shaffer (play)

Anthony Shaffer (screenplay)

Produced by
Morton Gottlieb .... producer
David Middlemas .... associate producer
Edgar J. Scherick .... executive producer
Original Music by
John Addison 
Cinematography by
Oswald Morris 
Film Editing by
Richard Marden 
Production Design by
Ken Adam 
Art Direction by
Peter Lamont 
Set Decoration by
John Jarvis 
Costume Design by
John Furniss 
Makeup Department
Tom Smith .... makeup artist
Joan White .... hair stylist
Production Management
Frank Ernst .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kip Gowans .... assistant director
Sound Department
Ken Barker .... sound recordist
John W. Mitchell .... sound recordist (as John Mitchell)
Don Sharpe .... sound editor
Graham V. Hartstone .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Les Hillman .... special effects (as Leslie Hillman)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jimmy Turrell .... camera operator
David Pearce .... film unit (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Mary Kessel .... assistant editor
Music Department
John Addison .... conductor
John Addison .... music arranger
Gary Hughes .... music arranger: songs (uncredited)
Other crew
Elaine Schreyeck .... continuity
Allan B. Schwartz .... production executive
Robin Demetriou .... cast and crew chef (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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138 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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In Andrew Wyke's cellar, a life preserver from the R.M.S. Mauretania is seen hanging from a wooden post. Built in 1906, the original R.M.S. Mauretania was a luxury ocean liner owned by the Cunard line. She was a sister ship of the R.M.S. Lusitania. For thirty years, the Mauretania carried upper-class passengers between London and New York. When she was scrapped in 1935, the Mauretania's first class reading-writing room was moved to Pinewood Studios in London (where the cellar scenes were filmed), and became the studio's board room.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Milo Tindle:You're mad! You're a bloody madman!
Andrew Wyke:You are a young man dressed as a clown about to be murdered.
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Referenced in The Story of 'Frenzy' (2001) (V)See more »
Just one of these thingsSee more »


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23 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Deadly Games, 2 January 2007
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In England, the Italian English hairdresser Milo Tindle (Michael Caine) is invited by the successful writer of detective stories Andrew Wyke (Laurence Olivier) to visit his isolated house. The lower class Milo is the lover of Andrew's wife, who is used to have a comfortable life, and he intends to marry her. Andrew proposes Milo to steal his jewelry simulating a burglary. Milo would make a fortune selling the jewels to an intermediary; and Andrew would be reimbursed by the insurance company and would not pay alimony. However, the whole situation was part of an evil game. When Milo vanishes, a detective visits Andrew to investigate what really happened that night, when deadly games are disclosed.

"Sleuth" proves that a great screenplay, an outstanding director, two top-notch actors and four scenarios suffice to make an excellent movie with four nominations to the Oscar. The intelligent and wit theatrical story has amazing lines and twists in a duel of cat and mouse between two icons, and has not aged. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Trama Diabólica" ("Diabolic Plot")

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