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The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Clue can be found here.

No. Clue is based on a board game by the same name. Devised by Anthony E. Pratt, a solicitor's clerk and part-time clown from Birmingham, England, it was originally published by Waddingtons in Leeds in 1949. It is now published by the US game and toy company Hasbro (originally the game was published by Parker Brothers). The game set-up was adapted for the movie by American writer John Landis and British writer Jonathan Lynn.

A fourth ending was shot for the film, but was never released, possibly because it was considered too morbid. It features Wadsworth killing Boddy, and then revealing to the guests that he has poisoned them all so that there will be no witnesses and he will have committed the perfect crime. As he runs through the house to disable the phones to prevent the guests from calling a hospital and locking the doors, the evangelist from earlier returns, followed by the police, who disarm Wadsworth. Wadsworth then repeats the confession he had given earlier to the guests. When he arrives at the part about meeting Colonel Mustard at the door, he steps through the door, closes it, and locks it, leaving all the guests trapped inside. The police and guests escape through a window, while Wadsworth attempts to make a getaway in a car, only to hear the growling of a German Shepherd from the back of the car (who presumably kills him).

Wadsworth (Tim Curry) stepped in dog poo before he came in.

The original board game (first sold in the UK in 1949) was called "Cluedo" (a pun on "Ludo", a game called Parcheesi/Pachisi elsewhere). The title "Clue" was used for the American/Canadian version, and thus for the film. In the original board game, three of the characters are Miss Scarlett, Reverend Green and Dr. Black; in North America, they were renamed Miss Scarlet, Mr. Green and Mr. Boddy respectively.


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