DVD 138 mins IMDB 8.1 (5,874 votes) top 250: #221
Anchor Bay (1972)
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Mystery, Thriller
UK  /  English

Laurence Olivier Andrew Wyke
Michael Caine Milo Tindle
Alec Cawthorne Inspector Doppler
John Matthews Detective Sergeant Tarrant
Eve Channing Marguerite Wyke
Teddy Martin Police Constable Higgs
Margo Channing Marguerite
Laurence Oliver

Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Producer Morton Gottlieb
Writer Anthony Shaffer
Cinematography Oswald Morris
Musician John Addison
User Credit 1 Richard Marden
User Credit 2 John Furniss

The mystery stage play by Anthony Shaffer was adapted by the author into this stylish film from director Joseph L. Manciewicz. Laurence Olivier stars as Andrew Wyke, a best-selling author of detective fiction living in a grand 16th century mansion. Andrew is visited by Milo Tindle (Michael Caine), owner of a hair salon chain, and reveals to his guest that he's aware of Milo's affair with his wife Marguerite. Rather than being vengeful, however, Andrew professes he's glad to be rid of his troublesome spouse. To avoid paying heavy alimony, Andrew suggests that Milo disguise himself as a clown and steal his wife's expensive jewelry. That way Marguerite and Milo can obtain financial security while Andrew claims the loss on his insurance and all walk away rich. Andrew's plan is a devious one, however, designed to toy with his wife's lover, and a series of deceptions and counter-deceptions are launched in which nothing is as it seems, unfolding as an elaborate game of comeuppance between the two men. Ten years after Sleuth, Caine would assay a role not unlike Olivier's in the similarly-themed Deathtrap (1982). — Karl Williams

Edition Details
Barcode 013131174090
Region Region 1
Chapters 9
Release Date 2/5/2002
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.66:1 Color
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono
Layers Dual Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Color Closed-captioned Widescreen
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User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 2 "If it was murder, where's the body?" (1980 VHS release)
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Trivia: The laughter coming from the "dummy" Jolly Jack Tar is that of Laurence Olivier. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: When Wyke is dictating his novel at the beginning of the movie, the microphone he uses is alternately in his hands/on the stone bench between shots. (more)

Quotes: Andrew Wyke: There's nothing like a little bit of mayhem to cheer one up. (more)

Awards: Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 7 nominations (more)