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Director: Kenneth Branagh

Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Michael Caine, Jude Law, Harold Pinter


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The Anthony Shaffer play originally brought to the screen in 1972 gets the remake treatment in this updating that finds Michael Caine stepping into the role of the brilliant thriller writer portrayed by Laurence Olivier in the original, and Jude Law following in Caine's footsteps as the young hairdresser who…  See more details below


The Anthony Shaffer play originally brought to the screen in 1972 gets the remake treatment in this updating that finds Michael Caine stepping into the role of the brilliant thriller writer portrayed by Laurence Olivier in the original, and Jude Law following in Caine's footsteps as the young hairdresser who steals the literary giant's wife, only to find himself subsequently swallowed up in an elaborate revenge scheme. Kenneth Branagh directs a script adapted from Shaffer's original play by screenwriter Harold Pinter.

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Sony Pictures
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Caine Andrew Wyke
Jude Law Milo Tindle
Harold Pinter Actor

Technical Credits
Kenneth Branagh Director,Producer
Alexandra Byrne Costumes/Costume Designer
Patrick Doyle Score Composer
Neil Farrell Editor
Peter Glossop Sound/Sound Designer
Simon Halfon Producer
David Harris Special Effects Supervisor
Tim Harvey Production Designer
Guy Heeley Asst. Director
Ben Jackson Co-producer
Eileen Kastner-Delago Makeup
Jude Law Producer
Simon Moseley Producer
Marion Pilowsky Producer
Harold Pinter Screenwriter
Tom Sternberg Producer
Ian White Art Director
Haris Zambarloukos Cinematographer

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Commentaries with director Kenneth Branagh Michael Caine and Jude Law; A game of cat and mous: behind the scenes of Sleuth; Inspector black: make-up secrets revealed


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Sleuth 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I will start by saying that I loved the original. I first saw the film when I was in high school, and saw a mediocre national touring company version on stage with Stacy Keach playing Andrew Wyke. Most memorably, I had the extreme pleasure of PLAYING Milo Tindle in a community theatre production. Needless to say, I am intimately familiar with both the original play and the slightly modified film version (screenplay by Shaffer himself). I was excited when I heard that there was going to be a new version, and doubly so when I heard about the Cain/Law/Brannaugh/Pintor team. I saw the previews and realized that it would definitely be different in look and feel, but I still looked forward to seeing it. Although the real joy of the original was the intricate word play and and deception, I was completely captivated by the sparse (and profane) dialog that Pintor created for the updated characters. Anyone who is familiar with the original will know that 3 &quot games&quot are played during the course of the play/movie. In this remake, the first 2 remain, more-or-less, the same (with obvious abridgements and modernizations). The third one, however, is COMPLETELY different, and in my opinion NOT an improvement (I will refrain from any more specifics, for those who are unfamiliar with the original and have not seen this one). In both versions, the story revolves around a battle of supremacy between two men (with the &quot prize&quot being the woman). In the play and original film it is an intelectual game with sexual undertones. The new version places the sexual in the forefront, and by the last &quot game&quot the intelect is almost completely subsumed by the sexual - in ways that are, at best, a stretch from what was in the original material. I believe that this seriously degrades the brilliance of the original, and rather cheapens the whole story. I would give 5 stars each to the two main actors, and 4 to the director. But Harold Pinto really missed the mark on the last third of the screenplay. Had he remained even remotely in touch with Shaffer's material, this could have been a very good film. Unfortunately, I think this will find its way to the bottom of the $5 discount bin very soon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie isn't a masterpiece or a groundbreaking film. But I'll tell you what it is. It is very entertaining and very well-acted. Jude Law and Michael Caine's performances were the heart and soul of the film. They were brilliant. The film didn't feel like 89 minutes at all. You become so captivated by the two men's relationship and their clever, &quot witty&quot dialogue, that you forget that you're watching a film and think that these are two very real men playing a game that you're not sure who's going to win. The camera angles and shots are very intruiging and add suspense to the film. The lighting is beautiful, adding to the mood of the scene. If you like fantastic performances, clever dialogue, and great cinematography, how could you go wrong with this film?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love A good thriller this film did not disappoint me at all> Michael Caine is a brilliant actor as can be seen in this film, and Jude Law kept me on the edge of my seat this movie rocks!
Guest More than 1 year ago
ok i'm someone that will critique a movie and give reasons. "and i will" but first off, THIS MOVIE WAS AWFULL!!!!! ok, so it starts of pretty cool. yes the camera work is really cool and i wish i had michael cains house in it. however, they really started to focus on the camera tricks to much. also trying to make the plot "twist". but it just got confusing and they weren't tieing it toghether at the end. there were only "3" charactors in the whole movie. and in the end it rally just started to get really really creepy and awkward. to much, to fast, to soon, no good.... think about it, 2 huge actors and you ask yourself "was that even in theaters?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had high hopes for this one - loved the original! But this is way too campy and way too wordy - and just plain boring. Caine and Law and Branaugh can all do better!