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November 8, 2016
Nice little whodunit...ending was too easy.
½ September 23, 2016
A solid movie, though the first half should have either been shortened or used to better develop the characters. Worth a watch if you're looking for a mystery that will keep you guessing.
August 31, 2015
A great mystery thriller that spawned countless imitators and homages. The tension is high and the star power is excellent.
June 23, 2015
A brilliant murder mystery with so many twists and turns you'll never figure it out. One measure of a great mystery is that you want to watch it over again to pick up the clues and each time you do, you get more.
½ May 18, 2015
An campy murder mystery thriller. Entertaining, but you only need to see it once.
½ May 13, 2015
good who done it mystery/suspenser
½ January 6, 2015
Effective mystery movie, very well cast and written. Stephen Sondheim and Anthony Perkins are an interesting writing team, and they do a very good here. Some of the light Hollywood satire works pretty well, those lines are almost said under the breath of the characters are pretty cynical.
November 18, 2014
Well, it seemed an appealing gimmick: a parlour game mystery written by Stephen Sondheim and Anthony Perkins and advertised as containing clues you need to be observant to catch and lots of red herrings. But alas, it isn't any deeper than that - fun while it lasts but ultimately insubstantial. James Coburn is engagingly charismatic as the vaguely sinister host who might be plotting to expose the hit-and-run killer of his wife as part of the game (which takes on board a cruise ship parked near the south of France). Richard Benjamin, Dyan Cannon, James Mason, and Raquel Welch are among the guests (this is the '70s, after all). Perhaps a better director than Herbert ("Footloose") Ross might have done something more distinctive with these materials. That said, I didn't guess the killer, so maybe this review represents sour grapes.
October 23, 2014
Probably the best mystery movie ever made, in the sense that it is the most like a mystery novel. Great camp script by Stephen Sondheim and Anthony Perkins, hampered by wildly uneven acting from a group of actors who could not possibly have less chemistry together. Everyone has some fine moments, but it doesn't gel. Still recommended if you like mystery novels or the 70's.
September 25, 2014
An articulate glimpse of what Hollywood thought was hip at the end of the 60s. The costuming is a prescient capsule of MAD-MEN-level period detail. The script is breezily clever and full inside jokes like accusing James Mason (of LOLITA fame) of child molestation. If you like exquisitely-plotted whodunits, (think Agatha-Christie-meets-Bob-Ted-Carole-and-Alice), you'll have a lot of fun with this. Oh. Did I mention that it was written by Anthony Perkins (gay star of PSYCHO) and Steven Sondheim?
August 14, 2014
Both Sondheim and Perkins were avid games players, so they wrote this screenplay as a lark, and when it turned out so good it was only natural to make the film. Herbert Ross is a workman, and high style isn't in his wheelhouse, but the screenplay is witty, the players seem to be having a high old time and it's great to look at. It's summer time and you could do far worse.
August 3, 2014
Roteiro de Anthony Perkins e Stephen Sondheim, dirigido por Herbert Ross e estrelado por Rachel Welch e James Mason. Ligação direta com os anos 70! Da série: "Você está cordialmente convidado para um assassinato."
June 30, 2014
Deliciously dark humour blends well with mystery...--A classy puzzle!!
½ October 8, 2013
Very well made film.considering that is produced back in 1973...
½ September 22, 2013
A clever whodunit with a god dose of Hollywood-related sarcasm.
½ August 20, 2013
Some Secrets are Deadly

I love a good mystery film and this 1973 'The Last of Sheila' by Herbert Ross gave me more than I expected. It's a shame that movies like this aren't made anymore. That's why I'm happy I discovered this pearl, written by Stephen Soundheim and Anthony Perkins (Norman Bates from 'Psycho'). Aboard a yacht in the Mediterranean surrounded by shifty guests you have two hours to solve a good old fashion 'Whodunit'. Think you can manage?

After a party, gossip columnist Sheila Greene is killed in a hit-and-run accident in the streets of Bel Air. Exactly one year later her multi-millionaire widower, Clinton, invites a group of six people who attended to party the night Sheila died, to join him on his yacht (named Sheila). The guests include screenwriter Tom Parkman and his wife Lee, actrice Alice Wood and her manager/husband Anthony, film director Philip Dexter and sexy talent agent Christine.

Once the journey has begun, Clinton (who is a game fanatic) informs his guests they will be playing a game. Each of them receives an index card containing a gossip that must be kept hidden from the others. On the first night the yacht anchors at a harbour, where the guests are given a clue to find the evidence of who has the card with 'shoplifter' on it. The game of that night ends when the actual holder of the secret finds the proof. Anyone who doesn't, earns no points.

It doesn't take long before the six guests discover that the gossips on the cards are real, embarrassing secrets. When the macabre game takes a deadly turn, they will need to reveal their secret. Who's the shoplifter? Who's the homosexual? Who's the informer? Who's the little child molester? Who's the convict? And who's the hit-and-run killer?
½ January 7, 2013
Too convoluted and silly to recommend.
December 12, 2012
The best "Whodunit"film to come around since the "Hitch" has been gone, Fantastic!
December 10, 2012
A very good whodonit with a good twist on the ending.
August 19, 2012
An intelligent, entertaining thriller which will keep you guessing till the last frame.
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