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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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(66 articles)
User Reviews:
A brilliantly twisty mystery. See more (129 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:
The original stage production of "Sleuth" by Anthony Shaffer opened on Broadway on 12 November 1970. It originally starred Anthony Quayle as Andrew and Keith Baxter as Milo, ran for 1222 performances and won the 1971 Tony Award for the Best Play.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Camera shadow on Milo's hidden car.See more »
Quotes:
Andrew Wyke:Whether I love her or not, I found her. I've kept her. She represents me. Once, she was in love with me.
Milo Tindle:And now she's in love with me. And you can't forgive that.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Designing Bond: Peter Lamont (2000) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
You do something to meSee more »

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48 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
A brilliantly twisty mystery., 5 August 2001
Author: Mr. Pulse from Syracuse, NY

My parents saw "Sleuth" on Broadway, during its original run, just a year or so before this film was released. Watching the movie I can see how it would make a good play, but by the same token, it is not a translation that feels slow, or wordy, or unsuited to the screen. The adaptation is excellent, without "opening up" the play too much. If you're a fan of mysteries, you'll be intrigued by the performances and the script. Joseph Mankiewicz's direction isn't terribly flashy, but subtle and well-done.

Laurence Olivier stars as Andrew Wyke, a famous mystery novel writer. Milo Tindle (Michael Cane), comes to visit him one weekend; asking for Andrew's wife's hand in marriage. But things aren't as simple as they first appear. Andrew wants something in return from Milo. And then again, maybe he doesn't.

The film unfolds slowly and patiently; you almost feel like the film's sentient and realizes how juicy its secrets are, holding on to them for as long as possible. There are numerous twists and surprises in the film; and even if you see one or two coming (as I did), don't expect to get it all right until it's over. It's best not to know at all what is going to happen, so I'll leave you with no more clues.

I enjoyed nearly every moment after the initial meeting between Milo and Andrew. Once Cane and Olivier really get going in their scenes, the film never looks back. They are exceptional in their performances, and deservedly earned nominations for Best Actor Oscars.

So who wins? Does anyone win? Is it a game with a winner at all? Oh just go rent it already!

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