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

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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 »
Continuity: When Milo throws Andrew's manuscript into the air, the Edgar Allan Poe award statuette is on the mantel; the trophy then disappears in the next shot of Andrew, only to reemerge a few moments later.See more »
Milo Tindle:We are from different worlds, you and me, Andrew. In mine, there was no time for bright fancies and happy inventions, no stopping for tea. The only game we played was to survive, or go to the wall. If you didn't win, you just didn't finish. Loser, lose all. You probably don't understand that.See more »
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27 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Sleuth, 28 May 1999
Author: Tim Cox from Marietta, OH

The stars have a ball with this exceptional adaptation of the award winning play from Anthony Shaffer, directed by Mankiewicz. Mystery writer Olivier invites his wife's lover, played by Caine to his lavish country home - perhaps to propose a scheme that would benefit both of them. Ah, but what's the real purpose. Stay poised and ready for thrills as both stars lead us through a devilishly cunning script, filled with a crackerjack conclusion. Both stars and their director were Oscar nominated.

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