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Sleuth
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(1972)

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.

Runtime:
2:18
Released:
December 10, 1972

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Cast

N8jdsq91o95hsbtcjlrsm367kkx Laurence Olivier Andrew Wyke
E1pbvrqsbdrpsf0n7kwyaub0qwv Michael Caine Milo Tindle
Alec Cawthorne Inspector Doppler
John Matthews Detective Sergeant Tarrant
Eve Channing Marguerite Wyke
Teddy Martin Police Constable Higgs

Crew

Art

Ken Adam Production Design

Peter Lamont Art Direction

John Jarvis Set Decoration

Camera

Oswald Morris Director of Photography

Costume & Make-Up

John Furniss Costume Design

Crew

Ken Barker Sound Recordist

Directing

Joseph L. Mankiewicz Director

Editing

Richard Marden Editor

Production

Morton Gottlieb Producer

David Middlemas Producer

Edgar J. Scherick Executive Producer

Sound

John Addison Original Music Composer

Writing

Anthony Shaffer Screenplay