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

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It Was Only a Bloody Game

4 years, 9 months ago at Jun 22 13:45
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*** This review contains spoilers ***I believe the title of Sleuth may be misleading. When I first approached it I wasn't aware of the stage play it was based on and thought the film was going to be a standard "whodunit?” and thus wasn't expecting much from it. I couldn't have been more wrong. Watching it I soon discovered it to be a different film entirely, a giant mind game, a battle of wits a... read more
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Description: This film is a chilling tale about a man who cannot stop playing games. Andrew Wyke (Laurence Olivier) is a clever and successful writer of detective stories who lives in an exquisite Gothic mansion. Here he has surrounded himself with picture puzzles, ancient Chinese games, fortune-telling machines, and a host of little amusements such as dolls that dance, clowns that display smiles, and circus bears that drink. His two best friends: scotch and laughter (in the form of a mechanical, life-sized doll dressed as a sailor that sends out volleys of laughter when Wyke pushes a button). The writer spends most of his time concocting ne ... (more)
Release date: 18 April 1973
UPC: 013131040999
Tags: Thriller (13), Mystery (10), 1970s (7), UK (5), 1972 (5), Murder (5), Drama (4), Revenge (4), Author (3), Pride (3), Psychological Thriller (2), Crime (2), Humiliation (2), Infidelity (2), Hairdresser (2), Insurance Fraud (2), Riddle (2), Class Differences (2), Michael Caine (2), Lover (1)
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