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

Overview

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.

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:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929303533
Original Release:
1985
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
3,045

Special Features

Closed Caption; 3 different surprise endings; Original 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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Clue
1. Chapter 1 [4:36]
2. Chapter 2 [5:36]
3. Chapter 3 [5:08]
4. Chapter 4 [3:24]
5. Chapter 5 [6:17]
6. Chapter 6 [2:40]
7. Chapter 7 [6:22]
8. Chapter 8 [5:03]
9. Chapter 9 [3:45]
10. Chapter 10 [8:32]
11. Chapter 11 [5:04]
12. Chapter 12 [6:14]
13. Chapter 13 [4:56]
14. Chapter 14 [11:10]
15. Chapter 15 [17:50]

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Clue 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My favorite comedy of all time! The jokes are quick and witty and every time I watch it I catch something new that I missed before. The cast is wonderful but the best of the lot are Madeline Kahn, Tim Curry, and Martin Mull. You must see this movie. An unnoticed classic!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let's just say that "Clue" had to be one of my best video store finds EVER! I bought it shortly after returning the one I had rented to the video store. Each character has great comical depth and will have you laughing and trying to figure it all out until the very end. Believe me, there is a reason why this one is one of Barnes and Noble's best sellers!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember the gimmick when this came out in the theaters. There were three different endings. You had to pick which one you were going to see. I saw the movie three times in 2 days just to see the different endings. I laughed every time , and I still laugh each time I watch it. Favorite part? "I am your singing telegram.BANG"
irwinfletcher More than 1 year ago
Storyline true to spirit of the game. Excellent performance by Tim Curry, as usual.
Apples_and_Parachutes More than 1 year ago
This is the best movie ever. Anyone who hasn't seen this, get thee to a movie store. It's hillarious with a touch of anxiety mixed in. It's nothing like the board game, and everyone has a great story.
Movie_Guy09 More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, this is a classic comedy. A great cast with a very good story line for those who love humor.
AZ_bk2rdr More than 1 year ago
No matter how many times I watch this movie, it never gets old. I love it!!!
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CS44 More than 1 year ago
I chose the option to watch all three ending, and it was great fun. The acting is great, as well as the political over/undertones. I had the game of Clue growing up, and I can remember all the game pieces and characters which match up in the movie.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Hear readers is the only movie ever to be based on a board game! Hey, but it works! In this slap stick film we have the characters of the famous board game ''Clue'' going to a New England estate to meet the man who has been blackmailing them! After meeting the his butler the blackmailing is killed, after he oddly gives them weapons. It soon becomes a case of who-did-it as more characters are being killed and the guest try to solve it all. As three comic endings and one great cast! Watch and laugh!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie based on the board game was a perfect blend of comedy and unpredictability, its physical comedic genius can only be compared to Airplane. With 3 ending you will enjoy greatly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could watch this movie every Friday afternoon at 3:00 for the rest of my life and I would laugh out loud every single time. Clue may not the height of intellectional humor, but the casting is brilliant, with some of the best examples of comedic timing ever put on film. If you have never seen this movie, grab your keys now and head to the video store.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Clue is the most hillarious movie I have ever seen. My friend Kailey and I watched it twice in one day just because we couldn't get enough of it. The movie is based upon the favorite Parker Bros. board game. The movie is a who-dun-it where each of the characters are given a weapon at Mr. Body's mansion. The Butler is basicaly the host of both the movie and the ''get together.'' This is a must-see movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best movies. With it's perfectly timed lines, slapstick humor, and always in suspese story line, watch a the bodies and laughs pile before your eyes. And also with all three endings, this is sure to be a watch again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When the board game of ''Clue'' comes to life, six guests gather at a mansion. Miss Scarlett, though her dress isn't, gives the impression that is given in the game, Colonel Mustard, a funny character, has loads to do throughout the film. Mrs. White, taken from being the maid, is turned into one of the guests. Mr. Green is the most hilarious character in the movie, Mrs. Peacock brings bright colors to the screen, while Professor Plum plays a small but good part. When the butler reveals to the guests that Mr. Boddy has been blackmailing them. He reacts by giving them each of them evidence of their crimes. As the guests open a candlestick, lead pipe, revolver, rope, knife,and wrench, Mr. Boddy turns out the lights, saying the only way to clear their self is to kill the butler. The lights go out. A gun shoot fires. The lights go on. But who's dead isn't who's thought to be dead. But will they figure out whodunnit before more die? Although the movie is short, it is available to watch with all three endings, coming to total to 96 minutes. Also, on the DVD edition, you can watch the movie where the disc will randomly pick any ending, as to see one of the three origional versions seen only in theaters. All in all, this movie is better than an A+.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oringally from the game clue, the movie spoke for it self by its funny antics from all the charcters. This movie is brought toegther by all of the cast members. This proved great casting. This is also great scences and backrounds for this type of movie scary thiller but funny comedy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a recently turned 15 year old theatre-obsessor and I tried out for my school's play at the beginning of the year. I was so surpized that I had never heard of it! I got cast as Yvette, the french maid and we have had much fun working on it ... The performance will have already came by the time you read this so what I suggest is you buy this movie and just imagine an eighth grade student trying to pull off that accent ...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie takes place in New England in the year of 1954. It is so funny from the moment the six guests arrive at ''Hill House, off route 41'' if I can quote from Miss Scarlet. The characters are: Wadsworth, the butler, played by Tim Curry. Wadsworth is the one that observes things and at the end of the movie, he is the one who reveals the murderer. Colonel Mustard, played by Martin Mull. Colonel Mustard is one of the funniest characters always getting remarks thrown at him and not realizing it until too late. Here's a scene from the movie. ''I can tell you. He's working on the secret of the next fusion bomb.'' Colonel Mustard: ''How did you know that?'' ''Can you keep a secret?'' Colonel Mustard: ''Yes.'' ''So can I.'' I won't tell you who says the other lines. Mrs. White is played by Madeline Kahn. She is a person who is rather proud of herself. She has had five husbands, all of them dead. Mrs. Peacock is played by Eileen Brennan. Mrs. Peacock is always screaming about something which makes her a great character. Mr. Green is played by Michael McKean. Mr. Green is a homosexual, glasses-wearing obnoxious pain in the butt. Professor Plum is played by Christopher Lloyd. Professor Plum is a doctor (shrink) who loves having affairs with his patients. Miss Scarlet is played by Lesley Ann Warren. Miss Scarlet is a nosy person who likes knowing about everything that goes on. Mr. Boddy is played by Lee Ving. Yvette, the maid, is played by Colleen Camp. The cook is played by Kellye Nakahara. Bill Henderson is ''the cop''. Jeffrey Kramer is ''the motorist'', and Jane Wledlin is ''the singing telegram girl''. After all the guests arrive and they have dinner, they adjourn to the Study for coffee and brandy. There they are reminded by Wadsworth that they are all being blackmailed by Mr. Boddy. Mr. Boddy is then shot and killed. The cook is stabbed next. Then the motorist, Yvette, the cop, and the singing telegram girl. Then Wadsworth reveals who dun it!!!!!!!! It is a hilarious movie, with a bunch of comedy and laffs. Hope u watch it as soon as u can.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Clue is and has always been my favorite movie ever. I love Tim Curry, he is one of the most talented actors ever!!! This movie is so great because it is hilarious, and I feel sorry for the people that do not get it. It has a wonderful cast and is just great!!! Everyone should have a couple copies of it around the house.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie brings the game of clue to life. Full of misstakes, slapstick, twists and turns and a great ending this film is a must for the mystery lover. It is a spoof of a game that we all played as children and is a tribute to mysteries. Watch, laugh and enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has got to be one of THE Funniest movies I have Ever seen!!!! It's the subtlety of the humor that makes it so great. Every time I see it, I pick up on a joke I had missed before. Pop this one in the player, and get ready to laugh Out Loud!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was sooo Funny!! Every time you watch it it's hilarious. The characters are great!! Tim Curry Rules!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Based on the classic board game,this is about a mansion filled with a group of strangers. Murders begin to happen and they need to find out who is the killer.