Trying to find how a millionaire wound up with a phony diamond brings Hercule Poirot (Sir Peter Ustinov) to an exclusive island resort frequented by the rich and famous. When a murder is committed, everyone has an alibi.
A year after Sheila is killed in a hit-and-run, her wealthy husband invites a group of friends to spend a week on his yacht playing a scavenger hunt mystery game. The game turns out to be all too real and all too deadly.
An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that his grandfather was not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.
Seven guests, a newly hired personal secretary and two staff are gathered on an isolated island by an absent host and someone begins killing them off one by one. They work together to determine who the killer is. Could it be one of them?
This is a movie about seven guests, a butler, and a maid, who are all involved in a series of murders. The guests all meet at Hill House, where you learn that Professor Plum (Christopher Lloyd) works in Washington, D.C., where everyone else lives. Colonel Mustard (Martin Mull) is a client of Miss Scarlet (Lesley Anne Warren), who is the ex-employer of Yvette (Colleen Camp), the maid, who had an affair with the husband of Mrs. White (Madeline Khan), et cetera. Blackmailer Mr. Boddy (Lee Ving) gives each guest a weapon and tells him or her to kill butler Wadsworth (Tim Curry) to avoid being exposed. Add in Mrs. Peacock's (Eileen Brennan's) craziness and Mr. Green's (Michael McKean's) clumsiness, and meet a whole group tangled in a web of murder, lies, and hilarity.Written by
In the 1+1+2+1 etc scene, a large cardboard sheet can be seen at the bottom of the screen, on the hall floor. This is only visible on the Fullscreen VHS version of the film, which is presented with the widescreen mattes that were intended to hide the sheet removed. See more »
The end credits begin with "Clue" game cards that are flipped over to reveal pictures of the main characters and the names of the actors that played them. See more »
There is a very large cut in the film when aired on Comedy Central and the Fox Family Network. When Green and Yvette stand at the bottom of the stairs and decide who is to go first, there are a number of scenes showing the other guests looking throughout the house before going back to Yvette and Green, where she says "Go on! I'll be right behind you!" This is how it is found in the theatrical version. On the television version, the scene of the two deciding who is to go first and the the "Go on!" scene are joined together, making one scene. All of the scenes in between are edited out. Also edited out is a scene of Scarlet and Mustard in the Billiard room, and a shot where Mrs White is in a darkened room saying "Are you in here? I'm coming" See more »
Too gimmicky for its own good but a very funny farce nonetheless
This may be sound like damning with faint praise but this is basically as a good of a movie as you can get from adapting a board game. Working in all the iconic bits-character names, the weapons, Mr. Boddy, secret passages etc.-severely hamstrings a screenplay. The script isn't very good from a story perspective-I don't think any of endings actually make sense and all the characters are empty tropes-but it is good at reminding you of the game, being fun and having a couple of things to say about the genre. Communism was always a red herring indeed.
The film's success, such as it is, comes largely from the cast and the director doubling down on this being on farce based on a board game. The sets and manner house is delightfully pitched and stilted in the design. The film even manages to have the floor like like the game titles. This is a great looking film regardless of the lax writing. Likewise, the cast makes some dodgy material really work. Wadsworthis my favorite Curry character and if nothing else the film is worth seeing for that slice of glorious ham.
Probably the most noteworthy film is that it is a murder mystery with 3 solutions released concurrently to the public. If nothing else that was a fun experiment.
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