Clue

Clue

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Director: Jonathan Lynn

Cast: Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn

     
 

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In this spoof of McCarthy-era paranoia and 1950s wholesomeness, the characters and plot are drawn from the popular Parker Brothers board game of the same name. On a dark and stormy night in 1954, six individuals with ties to Washington are assembled for a dinner party at the swanky mansion of one Mr. Boddy (Lee Ving). Boddy's butler, Wadsworth (Tim Curry), assigns… See more details below

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In this spoof of McCarthy-era paranoia and 1950s wholesomeness, the characters and plot are drawn from the popular Parker Brothers board game of the same name. On a dark and stormy night in 1954, six individuals with ties to Washington are assembled for a dinner party at the swanky mansion of one Mr. Boddy (Lee Ving). Boddy's butler, Wadsworth (Tim Curry), assigns each guest a colorful name: Mr. Green (Michael McKean), Col. Mustard (Martin Mull), Mrs. Peacock (Eileen Brennan), Professor Plum (Christopher Lloyd), Miss Scarlet (Lesley Ann Warren), and Mrs. White (Madeline Kahn). Two additional servants, the Cook (Kellye Nakahara) and Yvette, the maid (Colleen Camp), assist Wadsworth as he informs the guests that they have been gathered to meet the man who has been blackmailing them: Mr. Boddy. When Boddy turns up dead, however, the guests must try to figure out who killed him so they can protect their own reputations and keep the body count from growing. Three separate endings were filmed for Clue and shown in different theaters; all three are collected for the video edition. Although the film is set in the 1950s, the original Clue game was actually devised by Anthony Pratt, a clerk in Leeds, England, to pass the time during World War II air-raid drills. First released in 1946 under the name Cluedo by British manufacturer Waddington's, Clue was renamed and released in the U.S. in 1949. Today, Clue/Cluedo is marketed in 70 countries around the world and has been adapted into a British game show and an off-Broadway musical.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
An A-list cast makes this B-quality premise work, but none of it would hold together if writer/director Jonathan Lynn and his co-writer John Landis hadn't taken the board game Clue as a mere jumping-off point for over-the-top satire. Clue the film takes broad aim at every thriller convention -- and every hypocrisy of mid-century America, from boozed-up senator's wives and illicit sexuality to Cold War profiteers and the secret life of J. Edgar Hoover. Tim Curry, Martin Mull, Lesley Ann Warren, and Madeline Kahn are only the most notable names in a cast whose comic credentials could float a project with far more prestige than this one. They all prove game, however, especially Warren as the slatternly Miss Scarlet and Kahn as the frequently apoplectic Mrs. White. With improbable plot twists, slapstick suspense, obnoxious puns, and haunted-house set pieces -- the filmmakers employ anything they can to get the audience laughing. Although such a kitchen-sink approach has been used in films from Airplane to Scary Movie, it's rarely been employed as effectively as this.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/07/2012
UPC:
0097361470344
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
PG
Source:
Paramount
Presentation:
[Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:36:00

Special Features

3 Different Surprise Endings; Theatrical Trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eileen Brennan Mrs. Peacock
Tim Curry Wadsworth
Madeline Kahn Mrs. White
Martin Mull Col. Mustard
Christopher Lloyd Prof. Plum
Lesley Ann Warren Miss Scarlet
Michael McKean Mr. Green
Colleen Camp Yvette
Lee Ving Mr. Boddy
Janet Hirshenson Actor
Jane Jenkins Actor
Bill Henderson Cop
Jane Wiedlin Singing Telegram Girl
Jeffrey Kramer Motorist
Kellye Nakahara Cook
Rick Goldman Cop
Don Camp Cop
Danny Costa Actor
Howard Hesseman FBI Agent
Bill McIntosh Actor
John-Clay Scott Actor
Will Nye Cop

Technical Credits
Jonathan Lynn Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Cindy Baggett Makeup
David Bretherton Editor
Thomas D. Causey Sound/Sound Designer
Diane Cummings Makeup
George Folsey Executive Producer
Peter Guber Executive Producer
Richard G. Haines Editor
Debra Hill Producer
Michael Kaplan Costumes/Costume Designer
Victor J. Kemper Cinematographer
John Landis Executive Producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
John J. Lloyd Production Designer
John Morris Score Composer
Jon Peters Executive Producer
Thomas Roysden Set Decoration/Design
Ed Ternes Makeup
Brad Wilder Makeup

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