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Sleuth (1972)

PG | | Mystery, Thriller | 12 July 1973 (UK)
A man who loves games and theater invites his wife's lover to meet him, setting up a battle of wits with potentially deadly results.

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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
... Andrew Wyke
... Milo Tindle
Alec Cawthorne ... Inspector Doppler (credit only)
John Matthews ... Detective Sergeant Tarrant (credit only)
Eve Channing ... Marguerite Wyke (credit only)
Teddy Martin ... Police Constable Higgs (credit only)
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Andrew Wyke is a famous and successful author of detective novels. Milo Tindle comes to him with a strange request - that Mr Wyke divorce his wife so that Tindle can marry her. Mr Wyke is not particularly perturbed by this - he and his wife have drifted apart and he is having an affair with another woman anyway - but uses the meeting and Mr Tindle's request as a chance to play a game, a game with potentially deadly consequences. Written by grantss

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Who was the player? Who was the pawn? In this deadly game . . . See more »

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Mystery | Thriller

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PG | See all certifications »

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12 July 1973 (UK)  »

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Juego mortal  »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The two London street name signs in Andrew's cellar are references to crime mysteries; Baker Street was the fictional residence of Sherlock Holmes, and Berner Street was the real-life scene of a Jack the Ripper murder. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 29 mins) Camera shadow on Milo's hidden car. See more »

Quotes

Andrew Wyke: [picking out a possible disguise for the phony robbery] One black facemask, one black flat cap, a striped jersey and a bag marked "Swag".
Milo Tindle: Why not a neon sign with "Burglar" on it?
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Remade as Sleuth (2007) See more »

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Words and music by Cole Porter
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Classic mystery with dynamite performances by Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine
10 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

A very entertaining "thriller" about a wealthy mystery novelist named Andrew Wyke (Olivier), who invites Milo Tindle (Caine) - working-class owner of a chain of hair salons - to his sixteenth-century mansion to discuss Milo's affair with Wyke's wife. Instead of being angry, he seems to be delighted and proposes an ingenious robbery scheme that will benefit both men. Soon, the two men find themselves locked in an ingenious and devious duel, but who gets the last laugh on whom?

With the right ingredients film-making can seem so easy. The cast consists of just two actors, Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine, but with these heavyweights, it's hard to go wrong. Playwright Anthony Shaffer (FRENZY, THE WICKER MAN) wrote a brilliantly ingenious script with crackling dialog, and veteran director Joseph L. Mankiewicz (A LETTER TO THREE WIVES, ALL ABOUT EVE), who knows all the cinematic tricks and has an uncanny aye for detail, manages to avoid this "play" from becoming static in any way. It was to be his last film, and what a grand way to say goodbye to cinema. A real treat from start to finish. Highly recommended!

Camera Obscura --- 10/10


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