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The Last of Sheila (1973)

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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Complete credited cast:
Sheila Green (as Yvonne Romaine)
Pierre Rosso ...
Serge Citon ...
Robert Rossi ...
Elaine Geisinger ...
Elliot Geisinger ...
Jack Pugeat ...


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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14 June 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El fin de Sheila  »

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The character of Christine played by Dyan Cannon is based upon Hollywood mega-agent Sue Mengers who was Cannon's agent at the time. Sue Mengers was, in fact, originally offered the part. She declined claiming she couldn't act and recommended her client Dyan Cannon for the part. Both Cannon and Richard Benjamin had been previous clients of Sue Mengers. See more »


When the group lines up outside the yacht for the photo, Christine has her sunglasses on. In the next scene Clinton hangs up the photo, and it shows Christine with no sunglasses. See more »


Tom: I don't have any gloves.
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Written by Mark Klingman and Buzzy Linhart
Performed by Bette Midler
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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 and wickedly comic whodunit from screenwriters Stephen Sondheim and Anthony Perkins, with all the pieces right there for you to place. Cunning James Coburn is the movie producer and game-aficionado who invites 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 bit dazed), 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 Last of Sheila" is that the first-half, involving a hilarious personality game, is so clever, we want more of it; the murder-mystery second-volley is an acting showpiece, but not quite as engaging. Still, these characters are a wonderfully tainted, self-absorbed lot, and Cannon's mini-breakdown after someone almost offs her is a wild bit of hysterical showing off. 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 fails to make the strong impression each of her co-stars do). 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 picture 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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