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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 & 10 nominations See more »
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(66 articles)
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One of the best thrillers ever. 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 laughter coming from the "dummy" Jolly Jack Tar is that of Laurence Olivier.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Camera shadow on Milo's hidden car.See more »
Quotes:
Andrew Wyke:On the morning of his execution, King Charles the First put on two shirts. 'If I tremble with the cold,' he said, 'my enemies will say it was from fear. I will not expose myself to such reproaches.' We must also attempt this dignity as you mount the scaffold.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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67 out of 85 people found the following review useful.
One of the best thrillers ever., 8 October 2003
Author: Jonathon Dabell (barnaby.rudge@hotmail.co.uk) from Todmorden, England

Sleuth is based on an outstanding stage play by Anthony Shaffer. Sometimes, a work which succeeded on the stage doesn't transfer well to the big screen. Movies like Equus and Dangerous Corner - which were a delight in theatres - lose their power under the close scrutiny of a film camera. Sleuth is not a failure. It retains its stagebound plot, characters and dialogue, but somehow manages to be totally engrossing as well.

Part of the joy is due to Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine. The two giants of Britsh acting don't chew the scenery in an attempt to out-shine each other; they complement each other quite brilliantly and turn in two of the finest screen performances you could ever aspire to see. Olivier plays elderly author Andrew Wyke, an obscenely wealthy, well-educated and devious man. Caine is Milo Tindle, a charming, ever-polite young hairdresser. Milo visits Andrew to ask for his blessing in marrying his estranged wife. Although Andrew seems fairly open to the idea of giving away his wife (after all, they despise each other) he still feels stung by her exit, so he engineers a cruel game to humiliate Milo. But who is playing a trick on who?

The dialogue is terrific, but it needed terrific actors to get the best out of it. Caine and Oloivier do a fine job. Ken Adams' set design turns Olivier's gorgeous palatial house into a dazzling mansion of madness. The tinkly music by John Addison creates a playful yet ever-so-slightly uncomfortable mood. Joseph L. Mankiewicz directs perfectly, getting maximum suspense from his staging of scenes and thoughtful choice of camera angles. The twists are superbly disguised, especially the awesome "shock" climax which will blow you away. See Sleuth - it's one of the best!

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