Clue is a movie about 6 guests, a butler, and a maid, who are all involved in the murders of 6 people. The guests all meet at Hill House, where you learn that Professor Plum works in D.C., where everyone else lives. Colonel Mustard is a client of Miss Scarlet, who is the ex-employer of Yvette, the maid, who had an affair with the husband of Mrs. White, etc. When Mr. Boddy, who is blackmailing each guest, gives the guests each a weapon, he tells them they should kill Wadsworth, the butler, to avoid being exposed. With Mrs. Peacock's craziness, and Mr. Green's clumsiness, the whole group finds themselves tangled in a web of murder, lies, and hilarity. Written by
In an interview conducted in November 2009, Jonathan Lynn stated that he had cast the film himself. He said that whilst actors were recommended to him via the casting department, he made the final decisions. His original choice for Wadsworth was British actor Leonard Rossiter, most famous for the role of Rigsby in Rising Damp, but he sadly passed away in 1984 just prior to pre-production. He was followed by Rowan Atkinson, who was well known in England for his roles in Not the Nine O'Clock News (1979) and The Black Adder (1983), but the studio felt he was too unknown to American audiences to be the leading actor in an American production. Ironically, Atkinson would go on to huge success with his character Mr. Bean in America some years later. Jonathan Lynn had known Tim Curry since they were teenagers, and personally asked him to be in the film. See more »
When Wadsworth does the reenactment of the candle stick murder, he hits Mr. Green with it. After that Mr. Green says, "Will you stop that." Then Wadsworth grabs the back of shirt with one hand. In the next shot, he is holding Mr. Green with both hands and throws him into the bathroom. See more »
Writer/director Jonathan Lynn's inspired take on the popular Parker Bros. board game is never boring, always funny, and benefits from superb casting. Another fine aspect of the film is its multiple endings, some better than others, admittedly, my favorite being the 'they all did it' ending, the funniest of the lot.
"Clue" isn't a perfect movie, some of the jokes fall flat, the score is problematic, and Lynn's direction is flat. What matters most here, of course, is the script, and it's wonderful. All sorts of humor, from self-referential puns to unbelievably wacky and morbid set-pieces, are present here.
I don't think you need to be a fan of, or have ever played, Clue to enjoy this film on its own merits, but it's always fun to compare the film to whatever stories you had cooked up in your own head while playing it. The bottom line is that this is a perfectly acted, only slightly problematic, consistently clever and funny film. Now if we could only see that fourth ending, which was shot and I presume is hidden away somewhere.
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