Sleuth

1972

Sleuth

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Presented as an exaggerated mind-game, this mystery drama pits two men, one a thriller writer who revels in his own cleverness, the other, the man engaged in an affair with his wife, whom it is claimed has been murdered. The resulting duel of intellects reveals many unexpected twists and turns.

Cast

Laurence Olivier
as Andrew Wyke
Michael Caine
as Milo Tindle
Alec Cawthorne
as Inspector Doppler
Margo Channing
as Marguerite
John Mathews
as Detective Sgt. Tarrant
John Matthews
as Detective Sgt. Tarrant
Teddy Martin
as Police Constable Higgs
Eve Channing
as Marguerite Wyke
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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (5)

  • This is a fastidious, acrobatically cunning and invigoratingly well-acted thriller.

    Apr 20, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Provides Laurence Olivier and especially Michael Caine with two of their best roles.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
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  • Thoroughly entertaining.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    Time Out
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  • What really makes the movie come alive--what makes it work better than the play, really--are the lead performances by Lord Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine, and Alec Cawthorne.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • With the exception of a brief showing by British thespian Alec Cawthorne, the only actors on screen are Olivier and Caine. Both are so good that there's not a moment when we wish for someone else to interrupt their duel.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • A hugely enjoyable thriller, adapted by Anthony Shaffer from his own phenomenally successful stage play, about two men involved in an intellectual but deadly game of cat and mouse.

    Apr 20, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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