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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 »
User Reviews:
Live-Action Chess Match. See more (134 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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Runtime:
138 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Trivia:
Joanne Woodward's likeness was used for the painting of Marguerite Wyke.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: After Inspector Doppler rings the door bell the first time, and Andrew checks the door, the cameraman's shadow is visible on the wall before he passes the window.See more »
Quotes:
Andrew Wyke:For Christ sake Milo, they couldn't have made more noise on D-Day.
Milo Tindle:The bloody glass came out, my bloody boot got stuck and I fell down the bloody ladder.
Andrew Wyke:Well the bloody police must have heard it all the way to bloody Salisbury.
Milo Tindle:I'm sorry.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Wicker Man Enigma (2001) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Anything goesSee more »

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27 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Live-Action Chess Match., 3 July 2002
Author: tfrizzell from United States

Brilliant film about two men (Oscar nominees Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine) who meet at Olivier's house and go over an elaborate scheme to keep Olivier's fortune when his wife (about to divorce him to be with Caine) leaves him by staging a robbery performed by Caine. The strangeness does not stop there though as the two men each have personal motives and the twists and turns become dizzying as the movie progresses. Laurence Olivier is truly magnificent here, as he almost always was. Michael Caine, only 39 at the time, holds his own and that is far from an easy thing to do in a production like this. Joseph L. Mankiewicz's brilliant direction makes a film that could have been very dull into a stunning cinematic experience that stands tall against other films from the 1970s and all other decades for that matter. 5 stars out of 5.

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