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The Last of Sheila (1973)

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A year after Sheila is killed in a hit-and-run, her multi-millionaire husband 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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Sheila Green 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, 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

14 June 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El fin de Sheila See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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In one scene a television is showing 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), a film starring James Mason and mainly set on a sea-going vessel. The Last of Sheila (1973) also stars James Mason and is also set mainly on a sea-going vessel. See more »

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At the end, Tom throws some darts onto the scoreboard. In a later shot, we see the board, with the darts in very different positions than where they first landed. See more »

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Christine: Anyhow, as I was saying, they shoot you full of these rhino tranqs and then they wrap you in these hot sheets. You wake up five days later about 30 pounds thinner - and screaming for hot turkey sandwiches. I mean, it's... Hey, are you listening to me?
Lee: Kind of...
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References Love Story (1970) See more »

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Friends
Written by Mark Klingman and Buzzy Linhart
Performed by Bette Midler
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Games Of The Very Rich
7 May 2008 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

Exotic locales on the French Riviera form a beautiful setting for this highly complex whodunit story about six Hollywood movie insiders who agree to participate in a reality-based game to celebrate the life and tragic death of Sheila, another Hollywood insider, whom they all knew.

The game's host, Sheila's multi-millionaire husband Clinton Green (James Coburn), has devised six pretend pieces of gossip; the idea is for the participants to guess everybody's secret. As one participant says: "That's the thing about secrets; we all know stuff about each other; we just don't know the same stuff; how did (Clinton) find out? Sheila, probably." The game winner gets top billing in Clinton's forthcoming movie: "The Last Of Sheila".

The script's underlying premise is ingenious, and the story is quite well executed. The plot has more twists and turns than a corkscrew. Every scene is important in some way. The identity of the killer is not at all easy to discern. Indeed, my guess was wrong.

The film has an ensemble cast, and they all give convincing performances. I especially liked James Mason and Dyan Cannon. Color cinematography is topnotch, and includes some difficult camera shots of and on a luxury yacht. My only complaint about this film is its relative lack of suspense. I could have wished for more spooky chills. For a murder mystery, the tone is just a tad too playful.

Inadequate suspense aside, this is a terrific movie that will appeal to mystery lovers especially. It's got some classy characters and dialogue, great visuals, fine performances, and a riveting plot.


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