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The Last of Sheila (1973)

PG  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  14 June 1973 (USA)
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A year after Sheila is killed in a hit-and-run, her multi-millionaire husband invites a group of friends to spend a week on his yacht playing a scavenger hunt-style mystery game. The game turns out to be all too real and all too deadly.

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Sheila is killed in a hit-and-run car accident following a party one night. A year later her multi-millionaire husband, Clinton, invites a group of her friends to spend a week on a his yacht. He's a notorious practical joker and insists his guests play a mystery game where each has been assigned a crime for the others to discover. Each night a series of clues is planted in the local port and the team must solve the identity of the criminal-of-the-day. However, things get out of hand and soon there's a real crime to solve. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Actress Dyan Cannon said of this movie on its 40th Anniversary in 2013: "...the film's location was set in the south of France. Now do you want to go to the south of France for a month or two? [laughs] As it turned out, we were filming on Sol Siegel [Sam Spiegel]'s yacht, and I'm not quite sure why they didn't think that through a little more, because the sea we were shooting on was unpredictable from day to day. So we had to wait in the south of France while they built a set at the Victorine Studios for us. We had to spend our days lying on the beach and going to lunch and shopping. It was a hard job!". See more »

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In the crucial photograph of the six guests, they are lined up closer to the boat than they were when we saw the picture taken earlier, and at a different angle. See more »

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Christine: Just enough time to get dressed as a Catamite, if I knew what it was.
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24 February 2005 | by (St. Louis, Missouri) – See all my reviews

THE LAST OF SHEILA is a brilliantly clever little thriller that tries and succeeds beautifully in combining the best of both the bitchy Hollywood self-satire and the traditional whodunit. Written by the unexpected pairing of actor Anthony Perkins and composer Stephen Sondheim, the two apparently indulged their love of game playing while mining their obvious firsthand knowledge of backstage backstabbing too. The resulting film is cleverly glib in an ALL ABOUT EVE way, yet unfolds in a complex fashion that clearly shows us that the collaboration between Perkins and Sondheim was more than just a merry whim.

On the one hand, the film is an insightful, if cheerfully mean-spirited look at jet-setting Hollywood types for whom the social and the professional are as hopelessly intertwined as the noodles on a plate of spaghetti. SHEILA is about game playing, both as a social diversion and as means of manipulating and controlling other people's professional lives.

Even without the subsequent bloodletting, the film has a wonderful set up for smart, psychological entertainment. A film producer, played with marvelous malice by James Coburn, plans to celebrate the anniversary of his wife's untimely death by inviting a band of B-list Hollywood talent aboard his Mediterranean yacht for a week of parlor games which indulges both his desire to play master puppeteer and his need to find egos to crush. The ingredients of "The Sheila Greene Memorial Gossip Game" are simple: six players with six dirty little secrets to discover and the result is an elaborate port-hopping game of Clue.

Of course, somewhere along the line, someone rewrites the rules, gore results and the survivors are left to play murderous musical chairs in the proverbial drawing room. To say more would be strictly tabu. Suffice it to say that the film is one that warrants repeated viewing, even after -- especially after -- the revelation of who is the killer. For one thing the cast of suspects and/or victims has been nicely selected. There are Alice and Anthony (Raquel Welch and Ian McShane) as "a not untalented young actress" and her hustler husband, Philip (a world-weary James Mason) as a has-been director, Christine (a boisterous Dyan Cannon) as an ambitious agent and Tom and Lee (Richard Benjamin and Joan Hackett) as a hack writer and his socialite wife. But more than a wonderful cast, the film is generously packed with clues and strategic red herrings that demand repeated investigations by the discriminating viewer. Between the crisp and stylish direction of pro Herbert Ross and Sondheim and Perkins mischievous script, virtually every line of dialogue and visual reference is designed to help the viewer play detective. So, in the spirit of the movie -- and taking a clue from the film's title -- I have cleverly (I hope) hidden within this review the identity of the killer.


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