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Sleuth -- On his sprawling country estate, an aging writer matches wits with the struggling actor who has stolen his wife's heart.


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Harold Pinter (screenplay)
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Caine ... Andrew

Jude Law ... Milo
Harold Pinter ... Man on T.V.
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kenneth Branagh ... Other Man on T.V. (uncredited)
Carmel O'Sullivan ... Maggie (uncredited)

Directed by
Kenneth Branagh 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Harold Pinter  screenplay
Anthony Shaffer  play

Produced by
Kenneth Branagh .... producer
Simon Halfon .... producer
Ben Jackson .... co-producer
Jude Law .... producer
Simon Moseley .... producer
Marion Pilowsky .... producer
Tom Sternberg .... producer
Original Music by
Patrick Doyle 
Cinematography by
Haris Zambarloukos 
Film Editing by
Neil Farrell 
Production Design by
Tim Harvey 
Set Decoration by
Celia Bobak 
Costume Design by
Alexandra Byrne 
Makeup Department
Eileen Kastner-Delago .... hair designer
Eileen Kastner-Delago .... makeup designer
Eileen Kastner-Delago .... prosthetics designer
Mitch Lumsden .... hair stylist
Chris Lyons .... special effects teeth
Kelly Marazzi .... key makeup artist
Stephen Murphy .... prosthetics makeup artist
Matthew Smith .... key prosthetic makeup technican (uncredited)
Production Management
John David Gunkle .... unit manager
Emily Stillman .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Guy Heeley .... first assistant director
Olivia Lloyd .... second assistant director
Charlie Reed .... third assistant director
Art Department
Graham Mitchell .... carpenter
Sound Department
Stuart Bagshaw .... additional foley editor
Howard Bargroff .... sound re-recording mixer
Paula Boram .... foley artist
Peter Glossop .... production sound mixer
Mike Grimes .... supervising sound editor
Dan Johnson .... adr recordist
Stephane Malenfant .... second boom operator
Zak Melemendjian .... dialogue editor
Shaun Mills .... boom operator
Emma Pegram .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Jack Stew .... foley artist
Chris Sturmer .... sound consultant: dolby
David Turner .... post audio project manager
Bradley Waller .... sound editor
Michele Woods .... supervising dialogue editor
Special Effects by
David Harris .... special effects supervisor
Graham Hills .... special effects senior technician
Stuart Wishart .... special effects senior technician
Visual Effects by
Richard Elson .... visual effects editor
Sarah Hemsley .... visual effects producer: The Senate VFX
Richard Higham .... visual effects supervisor: The Senate VFX
Lorraine Johnson .... film recording supervisor
Simon Leech .... digital artist: The Senate VFX
Daniel Reeves .... data manager: The Senate VFX
Gareth Repton .... digital artist: The Senate VFX
Sam Spacey .... visual effects line producer: The Senate VFX (as Samantha Spacey)
Luigi Tommaseo .... network and operations: The Senate VFX
Thomas Urbye .... preview colourist: The Look
Rachel Wright .... digital artist: The Senate VFX
Anton Yri .... digital artist: The Senate VFX
Bradley Farmer .... stunt double: Jude Law
Paul Kennington .... stunt double
Paul Weston .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
David Appleby .... still photographer
Simon Baker .... "a" camera operator/steadicam
Simon Baker .... camera operator: "a" camera
Rami Bartholdy .... second assistant camera: dailies
Tim Battersby .... additional first assistant camera
Ashley Bond .... first assistant camera
Ann Marie Crotty .... video playback operator
Howard Davidson .... electrician
Hamish Doyne-Ditmas .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Brian Fawcett .... additional lighting technician
Rob Gilmour .... camera trainee
Alice Hobden .... assistant camera
Ahmet Husseyin .... camera trainee
Rupert Lloyd-Parry .... key grip
Dan Lowe .... rigging gaffer
Shaun Mone .... best boy: location
Shaun Mone .... electrician: Twickenham
Luke Redgrave .... camera operator: "b" camera
Simon Thorpe .... grip
Julian White .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Melanie Carter .... costume maker
Richard Sale .... assistant costume designer
James Smith .... costumer: Mr. Caine (as Jimmy Smith)
Editorial Department
Greg Barrett .... senior digital intermediate producer
John Claude .... digital intermediate colorist
Lorene Dewett .... apprentice assistant editor: FT2
Dan Farrell .... additional editor (as Daniel Farrell)
Paul Shore .... on-line editor
Thora Woodward .... editor trainee
Music Department
Christopher Benstead .... music editor
Christian Howes .... music assistant
Yann McCullough .... additional music editor
Maggie Rodford .... music producer: Air-Edel
James Shearman .... conductor
James Shearman .... orchestrator
Nick Wollage .... score engineer & mixer
Transportation Department
Lee Isgar .... driver: Jude Law
Colin Morris .... personal driver
Other crew
Jon Baker .... armorer
Peter Boothby .... production runner
Neil Chordia .... production executive
Ben Gladstone .... location manager
Deborah Harpur .... production resources
Joe Lloyd .... asisstant to Mr Law
Damian Mitchell .... assistant armorer
Richard Morrison .... title designer
Amelia Price .... production coordinator
Phil Stoole .... behind-the-scenes
Tom Stourton .... location scout
Damien Sung .... behind-the-scenes (as Damien Wasylkiw)
Tamar Thomas .... assistant: Mr. Branagh
Ron Arad .... thanks
Karl R. Austen .... special thanks (as Karl Austen)
Victoria Belfrage .... special thanks
Antony Gormley .... thanks
Simon Halls .... special thanks
Gary Hume .... thanks
Sara Keene .... special thanks
Patrick Whitesell .... special thanks
Modi Wiczyk .... special thanks

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Rated R for strong language
88 min | USA:86 min | Argentina:87 min | Germany:89 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

In the film, Andrew often mistakes Milo for a hairdresser. In the original Sleuth (1972), Milo was a hairdresser, not an actor.See more »
Continuity: When Andrew and Milo are in the guest bedroom and Maggie calls, the phone is not picked up and the illuminated blue display fades once the call ends. In the next shot, the display is illuminated again.See more »
[first lines]
Andrew Wyke:Yes?
Milo Tindle:Andrew Wyke?
Andrew Wyke:That's right.
Milo Tindle:I'm Milo Tindle.
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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Agreeable mystery based on successful play about a cat and mouse game, 11 December 2009
Author: ma-cortes

Andrew Wyke (Michael Caine) is a famous writer who lives in a monitored with high tech and stark house . He is a successful novelist , a master of menace , the number one bestseller author from Baron Books . The luxurious but cold British mansion is full of modern furniture, cameras and surveillance activated. There arrives Milo (Jude Law, also producer), a hairdresser and aspiring actor who seeks to convince the former for signing the divorce papers and Andrew in seeking avenge on his detested and unfaithful wife. Then happens a cat and mouse thriller and both are the peak of their game in this dazzling film. An ultimate game is being played on its audience.

This lighthearted suspense/mystery is well adapted by Harold Pinter from Anthony Shaffer's hit play about games-playing mystery novelist played by Caine leading his spouse's lover performed by Law into diabolical trap. This interesting movie is plenty of twists and turns and stunning surprises. Splendid and fascinating performances , a real Tour De force for two stars. Cameo by the screenwriter Harold Pinter and director Kenneth Branagh as men on TV. Packs a minimalist soundtrack , including a haunting, remarkable musical leitmotif by Patrick Doyle. Colorful cinematography by Haris Zambarloukis and modern production design. This deliciously sardonic and witty movie is professionally directed by Kenneth Branagh . However, it is inferior the first version that was a flawlessly acted masterpiece directed by Joseph L Mankiewicz, in his last film, with Laurence Olivier and again Michael Caine. In the similar style was subsequently filmed 'Deathtrap' by Sidney Lumet with Christopher Reeve, Dyan Cannon and also Michael Caine. Rating : Good, delicious from start to finish. It's a great and enjoyable fun.

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