Sleuth

Sleuth

DVD - 2008
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Locked in a high-tech English manor and bound in a deadly duel of wits, Andrew Wyke and Milo Tindle have come together as English gentlemen to discuss the matter of Wyke's wife. She is the woman both men are sleeping with. But as wit becomes wicked and clever becomes cutthroat, Wyke and Tindle's game of one-upmanship spirals out of control, escalating in a chess match that can have only one outcome. Someone will be murdered.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2008.
Edition: Widescreen.
ISBN: 9781424883110
1424883113
Branch Call Number: SLE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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jrdad63
Jul 18, 2016

As a prior review notes, 1972 saw the original version, and as good as Caine is in this portrayal, the chemistry is far superior with the first cast. And since there are but two actors in the cast, chemistry is EVERYTHING.

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LibraryUser53
Jul 16, 2014

An interesting minimalist mystery-plot concept. This version is a re-do of the 1972 film with the same title, both versions featuring actor Michael Cain, but in different roles. "Sleuth Redux" if you will. It serves up a two-person cast, set in a single location, and features a quick-witted tête à tête repartee between a older, wealthy man and his wife's younger lover. In it's original play form, Sleuth was a favorite amateur theatrical production in the early 70's, as it needed only two actors and not much in the way of set design. This modern film re-make, in spite of a new screenplay by well known playwright Harold Pinter, still comes off slightly archaic, and with lesser-skilled professionals at the helm, might have come off a little tedious. But the director keeps things moving quickly scene to scene, and caps the film running time to 88 minutes (compared to 138 minutes for the 1972 version). Cain's performance is nearly flawless; Law's, less so. Overall, it's intellectually stimulating, entertaining, and worth a watch. Recommended.

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neonkc
Apr 26, 2013

so so

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Palomino
Mar 05, 2013

"I am not enjoying this" he says in the movie. Well I was!! I loved it so much I watched both DVD commentaries right after. I knew nothing about this movie, except I'd seen the actors being charming in recent summer blockbusters, and the title made me think it was something like an Inspector Lynley mystery... but I was desperate, so I borrowed it. Hah! Brilliant movie, you will love it or hate it I think. Like BBC Sherlock, every single frame is a work of visual art, with the architecture and the lighting. The story is a psychological mystery, the audience doesn't really know what's real or who's bluffing. The acting is amazing.

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mexicanadiense
Feb 25, 2013

An entertaining enough two-hander between Caine and Law, but despite the funky set-design (or perhaps because of it) it really did just feel like a filmed play.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

The most important thing when you watch this film is to avoid any comparison with the 1972 classic.This film is worth a look but don't expect too much. Michael Caine takes on the role of the rich and bitter Andrew Wyke and plays it very well as Jude Law is only adequate. Worth watching for the wonderful battle of the wits.

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funkisockmunki
Dec 16, 2010

We really enjoyed this movie. The wordplay between the two characters is fun. This felt more like a play than a movie ... limited sets, two characters, very dialog-based. The two men have a duel of words, fighting over a woman that you never meet.

@dot204 - not sure if you realize, but both of the actors in this film are British. In fact Michael Caine played the role of the younger man (Milo) in the original version.

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joseph
Jul 31, 2008

Watchable. What I liked about the film is Michael Caine and Jude Law's performance in this short film. What I didn't like about it is the fact that there are just too many plot twists in the film that make it "believable". You'll be asking yourself "how is that possible?" and guess what - there's no answer. I'd love to watch the original which starred Caine as the younger Tindle and Laurence Olivier as the home owner.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Andrew Wyke: A great branch broke off a big tree and - flew through the air, through the skylight - as you can see. Act of God.
Detective Inspector Black: Had it in for you, did he?
Andrew Wyke: Who?
Detective Inspector Black: God.
Andrew Wyke: Oh, yes, he's always been a vicious bastard.
Andrew Wyke: You know what God's trouble is?
Detective Inspector Black: What?
Andrew Wyke: He has no father. He has no family roots. He's rootless. Nowhere to hang his hat, poor bugger. I pity him.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Milo Tindle: Maggie never told me you were... such a manipulator. She told me you were no good in bed, but she never told me you were such a manipulator.
Andrew Wyke: She told you I was no good in bed?
Milo Tindle: Oh, yes.
Andrew Wyke: She was joking. I'm wonderful in bed.
Milo Tindle: I must tell her.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

On his sprawling country estate, an aging writer matches wits with the struggling actor who has stolen his wife's heart.

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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