Last of Sheila
  • Last of Sheila
  • Last of Sheila

Last of Sheila

Director: Herbert Ross

Cast: Herbert Ross, Richard Benjamin, Dyan Cannon, James Coburn

     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

This suspense drama features an all-star cast, including Richard Benjamin, Dyan Cannon, James Coburn, James Mason, Ian McShane, and Raquel Welch. An interesting production fact about the film: its screenplay was written by actor Anthony Perkins and lyricist/songwriter Stephen Sondheim. Their careers depend on keeping in the good graces of Clinton (James Coburn), a… See more details below

Overview

This suspense drama features an all-star cast, including Richard Benjamin, Dyan Cannon, James Coburn, James Mason, Ian McShane, and Raquel Welch. An interesting production fact about the film: its screenplay was written by actor Anthony Perkins and lyricist/songwriter Stephen Sondheim. Their careers depend on keeping in the good graces of Clinton (James Coburn), a powerful movie producer. That is why a group of actors, director, agents and other movie professionals (who hate each other) accept an invitation to spend a week on the producer's yacht on the anniversary of his wife's untimely death in a hit-and-run car accident. Once on board, Clinton requires them to play a vicious game which involves each person's revealing a damaging secret about themselves or someone else in the party. When one of the secrets to be revealed involves the hit-and-run murder of his wife, the game turns fatal.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Last of Sheila is cold-blooded fun for fans of cinematic murder mysteries, especially those who prefer them somewhat on the chilly and cerebral side. Not that Sheila is off-puttingly erudite; although the screenplay is witty (not to mention bitchy), it's not the dialogue that will lose some people, it's the intricacy of the plot. Still, that's half the appeal in films of this type, and unlike some other similar movies, Sheila's plot never lets the viewer down by copping out, throwing in too many red herrings or misleading for no real reason. Everything that happens happens for a specific reason. Some will find the characters unpleasant or wish that they could get under their skin more deeply, but these are minor flaws. Herbert Ross's direction is visually uninspired, too often looking like a 1970's made-for-TV movie, but he's on top of his game when it comes to creating atmosphere and to keeping the balls in the air so that the viewers do not guess too early where they will land. Ross seems at a loss as to what to do with Raquel Welch, whose performance is embarrassingly weak, and Ian McShane, who is only slightly better. Fortunately, James Mason's understated thoughtfulness and, especially, Dyan Cannon's sparkling combination of unabashed selfishness, ebullience and blowsiness more than make up for shortcomings in other cast members. Sheila was largely ignored when originally released but has since developed a loyal following, partly due to the involvement of co-writer Stephen Sondheim, better known for his groundbreaking Broadway musicals.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/2004
UPC:
0085393186722
Original Release:
1973
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:59:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by Richard Benjamin, Dyan Cannon and Raquel Welch; Theatrical trailer; Subtitles: English, Français & Español

Related Subjects

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Benjamin Tom
Dyan Cannon Christine
James Coburn Clinton
Joan Hackett Lee
James Mason Philip
Raquel Welch Alice
Elliott Geisinger American Couple
Martial Locksmith
Ian McShane Anthony
Serge Citon Guido
Roberto Rossi Captain
Elaine Geisinger American Couple
Jack Pugeat Silver Salesman
Yvonne Romain Sheila
Pierro Rosso Vittorio
Maurice Crosnier Concierge

Technical Credits
Herbert Ross Director,Producer
Ken Adam Production Designer
Derek V. Browne Camera Operator
Michel Cheyko Asst. Director
David Dockendorf Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Frampton Makeup
Harry Frampton Makeup
William C. Gerrity Asst. Director
Billy Goldenberg Score Composer
John Jarvis Set Decoration/Design
Stanley O'Toole Executive Producer
Anthony Perkins Screenwriter
Tony Roman Art Director
Joel Schumacher Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephen Sondheim Screenwriter
Gerry Turpin Cinematographer
Edward Warschilka Editor

Read More

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Sheila's End (Credits). [3:13]
2. The Invited [4:30]
3. All Aboard [3:28]
4. Six Secrets [5:51]
5. Dummy's Room [5:15]
6. See You Later [2:59]
7. Thing About Secrets [3:30]
8. Strange Vibes [4:56]
9. Hustlers With Bad Timing [2:34]
10. Engine On [4:55]
11. Tonight's Quarry [5:09]
12. Making Like Monks [3:15]
13. Castle Confessionals [6:48]
14. A Body Discovered [2:55]
15. Puzzle Pieces [:23]
16. Cards on the Table [5:00]
17. Unofficial Confessions [5:35]
18. Lee's Story [3:32]
19. Sick Business [7:15]
20. Unclean Exit [2:52]
21. Whose Fault? [3:14]
22. Director's Cut [3:12]
23. Getting the Picture [8:14]
24. Moment of Truth [6:02]
25. Danger of Improvisation [3:18]
26. Agreed on the Basics [4:37]
27. End Credits (Friends). [4:07]

Read More

Videos

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >