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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.
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Andrew Wyke
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Milo Tindle
Alec Cawthorne ...
Inspector Doppler (creditOnly)
John Matthews ...
Detective Sergeant Tarrant (creditOnly)
Eve Channing ...
Marguerite Wyke (creditOnly)
Teddy Martin ...
Police Constable Higgs (creditOnly)

Directed by

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Joseph L. Mankiewicz

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Anthony Shaffer ... (play)
 
Anthony Shaffer ... (screenplay)

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Morton Gottlieb ... producer
David Middlemas ... associate producer
Edgar J. Scherick ... executive producer

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John Addison

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Oswald Morris

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Richard Marden

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Mary Kessel ... assistant editor

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Ken Adam

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Peter Lamont

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John Jarvis

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John Furniss

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Tom Smith ... makeup artist
Joan White ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Frank Ernst ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Kip Gowans ... assistant director

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Ken Barker ... sound recordist
John W. Mitchell ... sound recordist (as John Mitchell)
Don Sharpe ... sound editor
Graham V. Hartstone ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)

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Les Hillman ... special effects (as Leslie Hillman)

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Jimmy Turrell ... camera operator
David Pearce ... film unit (uncredited)
George Whitear ... still photographer (uncredited)

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John Addison ... conductor / music arranger
Gary Hughes ... music arranger: songs (uncredited)

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Elaine Schreyeck ... continuity
Allan B. Schwartz ... production executive
Robin Demetriou ... cast and crew chef (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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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Taglines If it was murder, where's the body? [original movie poster] See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le limier (France)
  • Mord mit kleinen Fehlern (Germany)
  • La huella (Spain)
  • Djävulskt spel (Finland, Swedish title)
  • Jogo Mortal (Brazil)
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  • 138 min
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Trivia The laughter coming from the "dummy" Jolly Jack Tar is that of Lord Laurence Olivier. See more »
Goofs (at around 1h 2 mins) When Wyke "shoots" Tindle in the head at contact range with what is supposed to be a blank cartridge, Tindle simply faints from fright. In fact, the hot gases, explosive particles, wadding and minuscule barrel debris from a blank-cartridge shot to the head at point-blank range would certainly have given Tindle quite a serious wound, possibly even a fatal one. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 51st Annual Academy Awards (1979). See more »
Soundtracks Just one of these things See more »
Quotes [last lines]
Milo Tindle: Andrew... remember... be sure and tell them... it was only a bloody game.
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