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The Last of Sheila (1973)

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A year after Sheila Green (Yvonne Romain) is killed in a hit-and-run, her multi-millionaire husband, Clinton (James Coburn), invites a group of friends to spend a week on his yacht playing a scavenger hunt-style mystery game. The game turns out to be all too real and all too deadly.

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Herbert Ross
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Complete credited cast:
Richard Benjamin ... Tom
Dyan Cannon ... Christine
James Coburn ... Clinton Green
Joan Hackett ... Lee
James Mason ... Philip
Ian McShane ... Anthony
Raquel Welch ... Alice
Yvonne Romain ... Sheila Green (as Yvonne Romaine)
Pierre Rosso Pierre Rosso ... Vittorio
Serge Citon Serge Citon ... Guido
Robert Rossi Robert Rossi ... Captain
Elaine Geisinger Elaine Geisinger ... American Wife
Elliot Geisinger Elliot Geisinger ... American Husband
Jack Pugeat Jack Pugeat ... Silver Salesman
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A wealthy widower invites his friends to join an elaborate scavenger hunt aboard his yacht. A remake of the 1973 film 'The Last of Sheila'.

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Sheila Green (Yvonne Romain) is killed in a hit-and-run car accident while walking home from a party one night. A year later, her multi-millionaire husband, Clinton (James Coburn), invites a group of friends to spend a week with him on his yacht. Clinton loves to play elaborate games and he assigns everyone a secret - one is an alcoholic, another an informer and so on - that they are not to share with anyone. Every day for the next six days, they will call into a port where they will be given clues to discover one person's secret. The game takes a deadly twist when a murder tales place and it all has to do with the game they have been playing and the secrets that Clinton assigned at the outset. It all seems solved, but all is not what it appears. Written by garykmcd

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Trivia

Six of the seven main characters represented a different area of film industry production. They were an actress, producer, director, star manager, talent agent, and screenwriter. See more »

Goofs

One of the characters mentions that after Sheila's funeral, mourners immediately went to Las Vegas to see Barbra Streisand's opening at The Sands; Streisand never headlined at that hotel. See more »

Quotes

Lee: Who did this room? Parker Brothers?
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Connections

Referenced in The Partridge Family: The Last of Howard (1973) See more »

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Friends
Written by Mark Klingman and Buzzy Linhart
Performed by Bette Midler
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"I like any game where you don't have to move." ... "You don't have to for this one--if you're smart enough."
14 January 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Superb, darkly and wickedly comic whodunit from screenwriters Stephen Sondheim and Anthony Perkins, with all the pieces right there for you to place. Cunning James Coburn is the movie producer and game-aficionado who invites to his yacht the failed screenwriter (Richard Benjamin), his alcoholic wife (Joan Hackett, in a sympathetic performance), the catty agent (Dyan Cannon, more wired than ever before), the starlet (Raquel Welch, looking a bit dazed), the starlet's husband (Ian McShane) and a director down-on-his-luck (James Mason, the calm-head who pays attention to the details). The only trouble with "The Last of Sheila" is that the first-half, involving a hilarious personality game, is so clever, we want more of it; the murder-mystery second-volley is an acting showpiece, but not quite as engaging. Still, these characters are a wonderfully tainted, self-absorbed lot, and Cannon's mini-breakdown after someone almost offs her is a wild bit of hysterical showing off. I also admired Welch's scene at midnight on the top deck, talking about stealing a coat (she's very seductive and charming, though she continues to whisper her dialogue throughout the film and fails to make the strong impression each of her co-stars do). The character conflicts and the reasoning behind who-does-what-to-whom doesn't bear a great deal of scrutiny (and even after several viewings, I'm still not clear on that business regarding the cabin keys); however, the picture is extremely entertaining, a verbally exciting match-of-wits by a group of Hollywood hopefuls and burn-outs. ***1/2 from ****


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14 June 1973 (USA) See more »

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