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Writers:
Anthony Shaffer (play)
Anthony Shaffer (screenplay)
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Release Date:
10 December 1972 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
If it was murder, where's the body? [original movie poster] See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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Joe's puppet theater See more (137 total) »

Cast

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

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Trivia:
Michael Caine was so very much beside himself to be working with Laurence Olivier, that he didn't even know how to address him. Eventually, he broke down and just asked. Olivier replied, "Well I am the Lord Olivier and you are Mr. Michael Caine. Of course that's only for the first time you address me. After that I am Larry and you are Mike."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Andrew Wyke:So I understand you wish to marry my wife.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Wicker Man Enigma (2001) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Just one of these thingsSee more »

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37 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
Joe's puppet theater, 11 July 2001
Author: dbdumonteil

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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