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Clue

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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...
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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.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; 3 different surprise endings; Original theatrical trailer
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2013
  • UPC: 883929303533
  • Original Release: 1985
  • Source: Paramount Catalog
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 1,011

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
Jane Jenkins
Bill Henderson Cop
Jane Wiedlin Singing Telegram Girl
Jeffrey Kramer Motorist
Kellye Nakahara Cook
Rick Goldman Cop
Don Camp Cop
Danny Costa
Howard Hesseman FBI Agent
Bill McIntosh
John-Clay Scott
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 Jr. Executive Producer, Producer
Peter Guber Executive Producer, Producer
Richard G. Haines Editor
Debra Hill Producer
Michael Kaplan Costumes/Costume Designer
Victor J. Kemper Cinematographer
John Landis Executive Producer, Original Story, Producer, Screenwriter
John J. Lloyd Production Designer
John Morris Score Composer
Jon Peters Executive Producer, Producer
Thomas Roysden Set Decoration/Design
Ed Ternes Makeup
Brad Wilder Makeup
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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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Menu

Disc #1 -- Clue
   Clue: Chapters
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Murder Mystery with a few Laughs

    In my opinion, this is a classic comedy. A great cast with a very good story line for those who love humor.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Like fire... fire on the sides of my head...

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great film adaptation.

    Storyline true to spirit of the game. Excellent performance by Tim Curry, as usual.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very funny movie.

    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"

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A must for any "Clue" board game or comedy lover

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Superb

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 12, 2011

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    So Much Fun!

    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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Surprised I haven't heard of this film before. After seeing it though I got to say this is a very funny movie.

    Based on the board game of the same name where you have characters arriving at a mansion but go by different names than their real ones. Next thing they know the person who had invited them gets killed. Who done it and why? Hilarity ensues, the butler and the guests try to solve the mystery and search about the mansion for the killer. Too many funny moments to choose from. All the characters were great especially Miss Scarlett, Wadsworth and Mrs. White. IMO one of Tim Curry's best performances next to Legend and It.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The movie Clue

    I love this movie and I own this. I don't have this exact cover but it is the movie I wanted in my library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Funny, funny, funny!!

    If you want to have a good laugh, this is the movie to watch. This is not a movie for young people today, as they would not understand the issues of the 70's and 80's.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic Movie!

    Lots of fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LOVE CLue

    Clue is the best movie I've seen so far. Tim Curry is a GREAT actor and I think he practically carries the entire movie. It's a great comedy, red herring, suspense movie that the whole family will love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME MOVIE

    I absolutely LOVE this movie! I've watched it about 100 times, and it still makes me crackup laughing every time. This is a great classic that everyone should see at least once. Very funny, and everytime I watch it I notice something new.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Get a Clue!

    This movie is definitely an unsung hero of comedies! Filled with memorable one-liners and great endings, you and your friends will be talking about this movie for years to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Clue rules

    Clue is an excellent movie. Tim Curry does his best in this film as a mysterious butler. Lots of murder and suspense. A sure winner!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Movie to come out of the 1980's

    I Love it I Love it I LOVE IT! This movie is totally awesome. I really like how you can choose a random ending on the DVD, so even if you seen the movie 76 times, you still don't know the ending!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this movie was awesome

    i love this movie not only because it is funny, but its plot was great too.This movie i give 2 thumbs up

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a great mystery movie with alot of laughs

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awsome

    This movie was sooo Funny!! Every time you watch it it's hilarious. The characters are great!! Tim Curry Rules!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Freakin' HILARIOUS!!!!!

    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!!

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