Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1985. Paramount Pictures, The Guber-Peters Company, Polygram Filmed Entertainment, Debra Hill Productions. Story by John Landis, Jonathan Lynn, Screenplay by Jonathan Lynn, based on the board game Cluedo by Anthony E. Pratt. Cinematography by Victor J. Kemper. Produced by Debra Hill. Music by John Morris. Production Design by John Robert Lloyd. Costume Design by Michael Kaplan. Film Editing by David Bretherton, Richard Haines.
Flat comedy-mystery that takes its inspiration from the popular Parker Brothers board game. A disparate group of individuals are gathered into the home of a millionaire who is then murdered and one of them is responsible. Narrowing down the suspects should be a lot more fun, but the screenplay is unimaginative and Jonathan Lynn employs little creativity as director, leaving a film that barely masks its intentions as a product promotion. Madeline Kahn offers a few bright moments as Mrs. White, while the rest of the cast is rounded out by Tim Curry as Wadsworth the butler, Eileen Brennan as Mrs. Peacock, Christopher Lloyd as Professor Plum and Lesley Ann Warren as Miss Scarlet. You’ll have more fun staying home and playing the game, and if you must see a movie like this, watch Murder By Death instead. True to the spirit of the game, the film was released in theatres with three different endings, all of which are included on the home video version and only one of which actually makes any sense.