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Murder By Death [DVD]

David Niven , Alec Guinness , Robert Moore    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: David Niven, Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Maggie Smith, Eileen Brennan
  • Directors: Robert Moore
  • Writers: Neil Simon
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: UCA
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Oct 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VB4ZTU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,856 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Neil Simon wrote this 1976 spoof in which virtually every famous fictional detective of the 1930s and 1940s congregate at the home of a mysterious fellow (Truman Capote) to try and solve the mystery of who's trying to kill them all. Simon's jokes are mostly obvious, and the film's real appeal is the clever concept matched with fine--sometimes legendary--actors. Peter Falk plays a very Bogart-like Sam Spade equivalent, James Coco is a Hercule Poirot wannabe, Peter Sellers does a Charlie Chan bit, David Niven and Maggie Smith are reflections of Nick and Nora.... You get the picture. Light-hearted and silly, this is cotton-candy comedy for the cast as well as viewers. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

Spoof whodunnit featuring a host of stars playing variations on well-known fictional detectives. Reclusive millionaire Lionel Twain (Truman Capote) invites a selection of famous sleuths to his mansion and subjects them all to a number of perilous and puzzling scenarios. The guests include Chinese crimefighter Sidney Wang (Peter Sellers), hardboiled detective Sam Diamond (Peter Falk), high society sleuths Dick and Dora Charleston (David Niven and Maggie Smith), and for Agatha Christie fans, the Marple and Poirot clones Jessica Marbles (Elsa Lanchester) and Milo Perrier (James Coco). Written by Neil Simon.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Star Studded Spoof 30 Dec 2006
By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A rich millionaire invites the greatest living detectives to his castle (complete with fog, lightning and rain etc) for dinner - and a murder. The surviving detective who figures it out is promised one million dollars.

OK, so it is not the plot or the inherently stagey nature of the movie that is classic - but the mixing of such a fine ensemble cast. A brilliant cast play similes of literatures great detectives - Peter Falk playing Bogart's Sam Spade crossed with Columbo (Sam Diamond in the movie), David Niven playing The Thin Man, Peter Sellers playing Charlie Chan (Wang in the movie), and Agatha Christies Poirot and Marples give rise to the hysterically monikered Milo Perrier and Miss Marbles. Add to that the iconic Truman Capote as the millionaire, and Alec Guinness as the blind butler as well as various sidekicks, and you have possibly the biggest set of scenery chewers crammed into one dining room.

The jokes are thick and fast, always farcical, but never straying too far into slapstick. Any misses are quickly forgiven as the next joke comes along.

Predictably perhaps the ending is not entirely satisfactory - a simple but clever ending would have been more effective than the over elaborate series of revelations which don't quite tie up. But lets face it, when you're having this much fun, who cares.

The 91 minute running time makes this a satisfactorily tight little movie that is ideal for a rainy Sunday evening...
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little comic cluedo 16 Aug 2003
Format:DVD
This is a classic parody of most dark-haunted-castle, Agatha Christie-type murder mysteries. You can see in this film that they took no pains in adding all the stereotypical elements that come with your typical murder weekend- a gothic castle, rain, lightening, a strangely spooky suit of armour, etc. Throw in a couple of great all time detectives, a mad host and some pretty shocking-yet-amusing jump shots and you have yourself a good film. At times I found it very surreal but as a comedy, it cannot fail. I first watched it when I was 9 or 10 (oh so definitely the best age to have watched it) and thought it was pretty cool that Columbo had his own feature film (but wondered why he had a different name). But after watching it again a few years later and a couple of notches wiser, you really get to appreciate the originality of the film, its twists and turns, and its truly truly great cast. I cannot understand why so few people I know have never seen it though. Don't be one of them.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Murder Mystery Comedy 25 Mar 2003
Format:DVD
The title says it all, Murder by Death. This film will make anyone laugh and fall in love with the all star cast including Maggie Smith, Peter Sellers, David Niven, Elsa Lanchester, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness and Nancy Walker. From the opening scene to the very last scene when you discover that the murderer is actually...... this film is pure comedy. The DVD's special interview with Neil Simon is also an added bonus, telling us that the cast wasn't really the cast he wanted. With Peter Sellers' one liners, the relationship between the blind butler and deaf, mute maid, Maggie Smith's comedic timing and Truman Capote's evil voice this film is one of 1976's classics.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A reviewee in Canada 25 April 2003
Format:DVD
Murder by Death is a very cleverlly plotted movie, using the great detectives of the time, except for their name changes: Miss Marbles for example.
The plot includes these 'sleuths' being used by their host for the weekend to solve a murder...for money and to save their reputations. Needless to say, their weekend stay goes askew with confusion and talking mooseheads to boot! It's a very simple movie but funny and light hearted throughout.
The characters are played by world re-nowned actors including Maggie Smith, Peter Falk and David Niven.
If you liked the movie 'Clue' (Tim Curry) then you'll definately like Murder by Death.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder By Spoof 23 Feb 2009
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A gem of a comedy with several big names vying to outdo the others. Peter Sellers, as the spoof Charlie Chan is hilarious, James Coco as the spoof Poirot is fantastic but for me Peter Falk as a spoof Columbo stole the show (especially during the gay bar bit) - he even dons a Columbo style mac. The comedy is just right and the acting is a tour de force from all concerned. I loved Clue and this seems to be the 70's take on the spoof detective film as Clue was to the 80's. The ending was a bit confusing which dropped the film a star but all in all an enjoyable way to spend an hour and a half.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughed my socks off. 31 Mar 2014
Format:DVD
This little gem is one of the funniest films I have seen in a long time.
Great actors. Great storyline. Great one-liners.
If you want a very good laugh - get this DVD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for a laugh 11 Feb 2013
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Brilliant actors for this murder spoof. Loved story line. Great humour.involved. Enjoy the play on characters features and names. Would suit mature adults
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 28 Dec 2012
Format:DVD
First watched the film years ago when it first came out and laughed all over again through out the film they don't make them like this anymore
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Bought as a present.
Published 3 days ago by Karen Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved this movie since being a kid excellent casting and very enjoyable
Published 14 days ago by dale h
5.0 out of 5 stars All the greats...
A murder mystery spoof - hilarious! All the best know detectives invited to dinner to solve a crime yet to be committed... $1,000,000 to whoever solves the crime... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun.
This a great old fashioned fun comedy.

The story is fairly basic but acted very well by a stunning cast. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pete.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny
A very excellent parody of the whodunnit genre, with a bizarre ending that is perhaps no more outrageous than some serious crime novels. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark Girvan
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Family Film
This the whole family enjoyed a good film that has a touch of homour that you watch more than twice
Published 2 months ago by Roger Sisley
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder By Death
Enjoyed watching, who ever want's to watch it, there isn't much more I want to say except it's good viewing
Published 3 months ago by Maureen Daly
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Watch!
Really enjoyed this movie. It has a great cast and is very easy to watch. Would enjoy this if you like the older movies like Pink Panther and that.
Published 3 months ago by Emma McBride
5.0 out of 5 stars Maggie Smith and David Niven - was there ever a better combination??
I loved this film! It's full of suspense, with the large house and blind butler and all the different guests, but it's also really funny at times and I think Maggie Smith and David... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Peter Joshua
4.0 out of 5 stars ALL EXELENT GOOD ACTERS
HA! HA! HA ! HE ! HE! HE! SEEN IT BEFORE AND NOW CAN WATCH IT WHEN EVER I NEED A LAUGH
Published 6 months ago by RUBENS
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