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  • Actors: Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier, Alec Cawthorne, Eve Channing, John Matthews
  • Directors: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Mono, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 28 April 2008
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010BTMCA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,640 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Famous mystery writer invites his wife's lover to his house for an evening of cat and mouse games.

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Wicked, nasty, delicious fun. Laurence Olivier is a wealthy English mystery writer. He invites Michael Caine to his elaborate country house, in order to settle some rather unpleasant business between them: Caine is having an affair with Olivier's wife and she is about to divorce the older man. Olivier, smooth as brandy, suggests that there might be a way the two men can help each other but what appears to be an intriguing proposition escalates into a deadly cat-and-mouse game. Sleuth boasts a twisty script by Anthony Shaffer, calculated to drive an audience to distraction and director Joseph L. Mankiewicz (All About Eve) shows a keen eye for the telling detail. But the real fun is watching Olivier and Caine go at each other hammer and tongs, a virtuoso wrestling match between two splendid actors (both were Oscar-nominated, but lost to Marlon Brando in The Godfather). Alec Cawthorne is also quite good as the inquisitive inspector on the case. --Robert Horton

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By "wessex-dvds-uk" on 27 April 2005
Format: DVD
What a work of art this is - everything about it had 'Winner' stamped across it. Beautifully acted by both Sir Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine, gifted with a glorious script from which to work. I loved this film the first time I ever saw it, and it ranks among my favourite Top 10 films of all time.
If you like cat and mouse games, you'll love this film. Not only do the two main characters constantly play mind games with each other, the film plays mind games with its audience, who can never really be sure exactly what's fact, and what's fiction.
A real pleasure to watch repeatedly.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mr Fussy Pants on 9 Sept. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Having owned the Anchor Bay release of this superb film on DVD I took a punt at the 2008 release by Paramount being of superior picture quality. I was disappointed to find that it is actually worse. It is very grainy and wishy-washy and I will be sticking to the Anchor Bay DVD which also has a superior menu with moving pictures and music from the film.

If you're thinking of buying this fantastic film then get the Anchor Bay release, the one with the magnifying glasses on the front cover.

Isn't it about time this film was given the full-blown Blu-Ray treatment it deserves?
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Joe HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 Jan. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
SLEUTH is one of those movies that one watches and then exclaims, "Wow!"
Michael Caine plays Milo Tindle, a lowborn, cheeky hairdresser called down from London to visit Andrew Wyke on his rambling country estate. Andrew, played by Sir Laurence Olivier, is a class conscious, game-addicted, petty snob who writes award-winning detective stories. Milo also happens to be having an affair with Andrew's wife, Marguerite. On the other hand, Andrew is currently dallying with a local masseuse, Téa. Both men have cash flow problems. Milo hasn't enough to keep Marguerite in the lifestyle to which she's become accustomed, and Andrew has been beggared by ruinous British taxes. So, Andrew, being a self-proclaimed expert on crime whose literary detective creation, Lord Merrydew, always manages to make the official constabulary look like fools, invites Milo to join him in a mutually lucrative scam. The Plan: a suitably costumed Milo will "burgle" jewelry from Andrew's safe, fence it for an enormous sum, and be free to marry Marguerite, while Andrew happily collects the insurance money and enjoys his Siren of the moment. Andrew is not completely happy about his wife's adultery, but, after all, true gentleman can come to some convenient arrangement. Quite right!
Thus begins an intricate series of role-within-role-playing games played magnificently by these two phenomenal English actors. From the viewers' perspective, the challenge is to determine when the make-believe ends and real life reasserts itself. Thus, not only is SLEUTH an absorbing mystery story, but the roles within roles also create a resounding paean to the profession of acting. After SLEUTH, I don't think it was quite so cleverly done until 1997's FACE-OFF.
Both Caine and Olivier were nominated for Best Actor Oscars for their performances in this film. Sadly, neither won. In despite of that appalling injustice, this is one of those films that I can watch over and over again, and never fail to be delighted.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RR Waller TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Nov. 2011
Format: DVD
Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz must have laughed when he heard his stars were Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine and Alec Cawthorne in a stage play by Anthony Shaffer who had agreed to write screenplay. From there, it only gets better.

Andrew Wyke lives in a rambling country mansion, the setting Milo Tindle, a hairdresserd of working-class origins, has to visit supposedly to ply his trade. It turns out they have someone in common - Wyke's wife, Marguerite. Both men are suffering from cash problems and an ever more demanding lady. From here, it becomes more and more complicated but, to write any more would be to give away too much, to blow away the smoke or turn the mirror.

Watch it but concentrate and be prepared for the twists, turns and side-alleys.

PS An interesting evening or two could be spent watching this followed by Michael Caine's second attempt, this time playing Wyke to Jude Law's Tindle.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr Baz #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME on 22 April 2014
Format: DVD
I watched this quite by accident many years ago. I'm not a huge fan of either of the lead actors, but still I knew both are capable given the right role to play.
Based on the play by Anthony Shaffer, I was a bit concerned how well it would move from a play to a film. Few films do this well, and many fail.

Fortuntately the performance of both Caine and Olivier is top notch, with a genuine and very believable potrayal from both. They work very well together in this film.
Caine plays Milo Tindle, the working class young man who has made good of himself (now owning a chain of hairdressers) Olivier a sucessful mystery author Andrew Wyke who has discovered Milo has been having an affair with his estranged wife.

Rather than open confrontation and anger, a rather unique plot is devised between the two men (involving a planned robbery with Tindle stealing his wife's Jewellery), but the bitterness so well hidden spills out into a crafty game of rivalry between the two lead characters, which leads to both men trying to outdo and humiliate each other.

The ending, is quite magnificent with an impressive, unexpected conclusion. It's a very unusual film, the story and plot seem quite unspectacular at first glance, but the powerful performances and gripping story, and excellent script make for a very rewarding watching experience. You're never sure what might happen next.

If you're looking for something a bit off the beaten track, no gimmicks (scenes mostly take place in the house, don't expect location variety - it was a play after all) This should be high up your watch list
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