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Overview

Sleuth

The mystery stage play by Anthony Shaffer was adapted by the author into this stylish film from director Joseph L. Manciewicz. Laurence Olivier stars as Andrew Wyke, a best-selling author of detective fiction living in a grand 16th century mansion. Andrew is visited by Milo Tindle (Michael Caine), owner of a hair salon chain, and reveals to his guest that he's aware of Milo's affair with his wife Marguerite. Rather than being vengeful, however, Andrew professes he's glad to be rid of his troublesome spouse. To avoid paying heavy alimony, Andrew suggests that Milo disguise himself as a clown and steal his wife's expensive jewelry. That way Marguerite and Milo can obtain financial security while Andrew claims the loss on his insurance and all walk away rich. Andrew's plan is a devious one, however, designed to toy with his wife's lover, and a series of deceptions and counter-deceptions are launched in which nothing is as it seems, unfolding as an elaborate game of comeuppance between the two men. Ten years after Sleuth, Caine would assay a role not unlike Olivier's in the similarly-themed Deathtrap (1982).

Product Details

Release Date: 12/04/2015
UPC: 9344256013027
Original Release: 1972
Source: Imports
Sales rank: 13,660

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Laurence Olivier Andrew Wyke
Michael Caine Milo Tindle
Margo Channing Marguerite
John Matthews Detective Sgt. Tarrant
Alec Cawthorne Inspector Doppler
Teddy Martin Police Constable Higgs

Technical Credits
Joseph L. Mankiewicz Director
Ken Adam Production Designer
John Addison Score Composer
John Furniss Costumes/Costume Designer
Morton Gottlieb Producer
Kip Gowans Asst. Director
John Jarvis Set Decoration/Design
Peter Lamont Art Director
Richard Marden Editor
John W. Mitchell Sound/Sound Designer
Oswald Morris Cinematographer
Edgar J. Scherick Executive Producer
Anthony Shaffer Screenwriter
Tom Smith Makeup

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