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The Last of Sheila (1973)

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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.

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Cast

Dyan Cannon
as Christine
James Coburn
as Clinton
Ian McShane
as Anthony
Elliott Geisinger
as American Couple
Pierro Rosso
as Vittorio
Robert Rossi
as Captain
Elaine Geisinger
as American Couple
Jack Pugeat
as Silver Salesman
Martial
as Locksmith
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Critic Reviews for The Last of Sheila

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (1)

A bit chilly: the writers were so busy making sure the mystery was structurally airtight that they missed out on crafting rich, deep characters.

January 2, 2016 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Campy gamer thriller that wasn't as much fun as it pretended to be.

June 13, 2010 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

The Last of Sheila is a crackerjack brainteaser, even if you forget it two minutes after you see it.

May 29, 2004 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

The Last of Sheila is so intricately scripted that Sondheim and Perkins actually drop clues throughout the film that can be picked up by attentive viewers.

April 28, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Great who-done-it.

April 13, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

A witty and urbane jigsaw puzzle of a murder mystery for those who love surprises.

January 8, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for The Last of Sheila

interesting whodunit ala 10 little indians..colorful talented cast including Coburn, Mason, Welch, Benjamin...problem was I thought too much trying to put the clues together to really enjoy what was happening on the screen...I liked it, just confused me at the end and never did figure it out despite several viewings..

alan jay
alan jay

Super Reviewer

great puzzle of a film with a great 70's cast!

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic]In "The Last of Sheila", Clinton(James Coburn) is a wealthy film producer. One year after his beloved, Sheila(Yvonne Romaine), a gossip columnist, was killed by a hit and run driver, he has invited six friends - an actress(Raquel Welch), her tempestuous husband(Ian McShane), an agent(Dyan Cannon), a struggling writer(Richard Benjamin), his rich wife(Joan Hackett) and a director(James Mason) to spend a week on his yacht cruising in the Mediterranean under the auspices of possibly filming a biopic about Sheila but also to play a wicked game. The object of the game is to discover a person's secret and everyone aboard has one...[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"The Last of Sheila" is a lightweight mystery written by Anthony Perkins and Steven Sondheim. The film spends too much time in the setup and the ending is questionable but a good cast makes the most of the material.[/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

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