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Clue (1985)

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"This ain't no game! The popular game comes to life in this mystery-comedy movie with an all-star cast headed by Eileen Brennan. Six people are invited to Hill House for dinner and for a little something else. Once they arrive, they meet Wadsworth the butler, soon their host, Mr. Boddy, arrives and they all get to know one another. Professor Plum works for the UN, Mr. Green is a government agent, Mrs. Peacock is a senator's wife, Mrs. White had two husbands who disappeared under "mysterious" circumstances, Colonel Mustard is a colonel, etc., Mr. Boddy gives everyone weapons like candlestick, rope, lead pipe, wrench, revolver, and knife. Mr. Boddy switches off the lights and when they come back on, someone has killed Mr. Boddy! They then go search the house to see if it was a mysterious seventh person who done it. As they do so, other people show up at the house and soon end up dead. Wadsworth the butler has a good idea who did it, so he recreates all the events of the evening to find out who. The results in three different endings."

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Review Date: 02 July 2004 My Rating: out of 5


Now bear with me people. Yeah I hear you saying 'Steve man!, this ain't no horror movie' and 'What the hell are you thinking? This is mystery-comedy you maniac!'. I hear you, but I'm paying no attention. It's about murder and that's good enough for me. I have a soft spot for 'Clue', it's one of my old favourites. It was one of those movies I caught one rainy afternoon when I was younger and it's a movie that's stuck with me ever since.

Tim Curry (IT) plays Wadsworth the Butler in Jonathon Lynn's adaption of the popular board game of the same name (well here in the UK it's actually known as Cluedo', why? Who the hell knows). It's a madcap romp as guests and the character namesakes from the original game show up invited to a spooky house one by one. But after a fairly peaceful dinner together the secrets of why they are there become all too apparent. But then murders start taking place and it is up to the guests to find out which of them did it.

Eileen Brennan (Jeepers Creepers), Michael McKean (Spinal Tap), and Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future) head just a selection of the comical ensemble cast in a movie where overacting, and cornball fun is on the menu in this entertaining whodunit.

UK viewers will just have to get past the 'yet another British accented butler' and sit back and enjoy the madness. As previously mentioned the use of the games characters, weapons and rooms are used throughout the fairly head-scratching premise of the movie. We being with Reservoir Dog-style pseudonyms for the characters and end with 3, yes count them, 3 different endings. Although the cinematic release back in 85 came with a random ending depending on the theatre you were in the DVD and video release kindly provides all 3 equally thought out endings.

French maid Yvette played by hottie Colleen Camp keeps the adolescences and let's be fair, the more maturing viewers thoroughly diverted with her sexy maid's outfit and spilling cleavage. Michael McKean and Tim Curry put in some top performances and it's still hard to imagine how Tim ever got that 'Pennywise' gig with these kinds of wacky routines.

Clue isn't likely to win any awards but it is puerile fun and well worth a look. There is an onslaught of verbal madness and excellent comedic performances, which we should credit writer/director Jonathon Lynn as there is little action for most of the film but an absolute array of dialogue and comic timing which just has to have been set out in the script stages. Goofy fun all round.

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