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The Last of Sheila (1973)

 -  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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Christine is based upon Hollywood mega-agent Sue Mengers, who was Dyan Cannon's agent at the time. See more »

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[Spoilers]If Clinton was murdered by being stabbed on the back of the neck with an icepick, the medical examiner was bound to discover that wound and realize that it was not Lee who killed Clinton. See more »

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Philip: The last of Sheila should be an A. Hit and run doesn't begin with an A, does it, Tom?
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"I like any game where you don't have to move." ... "You don't have to for this one--if you're smart enough."
14 January 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Superb, darkly comic whodunit with all the pieces right there for you to place. Wicked James Coburn is the cunning movie producer and game-lover inviting to his yacht the failed screenwriter (Richard Benjamin), his alcoholic wife (Joan Hackett, in a sympathetic performance), the catty agent (Dyan Cannon, more wired than ever before), the starlet (Raquel Welch, looking a little out-of-it), the starlet's husband (Ian McShane), and a director down-on-his-luck (James Mason, the calm-head who pays attention to the details). The only trouble with the film is that the first-half (involving a hilarious personality game) is SO good and clever that the murder-mystery second-half lets you down a bit. Still, these characters are a wonderfully tainted, self-absorbed lot and Dyan Cannon's breakdown after someone almost offs her is a wild bit of breakneck acting. I also admired Welch's scene at midnight on the top deck, talking about stealing a coat (she's very seductive and charming, though she continues to whisper her dialogue throughout the film and comes off as slightly dazed). The character conflicts and the reasoning behind who-does-what-to-whom doesn't bear a great deal of scrutiny (and even after several viewings, I'm still not clear on that business regarding the cabin keys); however, the film is extremely entertaining, a verbally exciting match-of-wits by a group of Hollywood hopefuls and burn-outs. ***1/2 from ****


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