Sleuth 1972 ****

..ingenious two hander…

Anthony Shaffer adapts his own Broadway war-horse to highly entertaining effect in this ingenious two hander, with Laurence Olivier’s country-house owner Andrew Wyke inviting his wife’s lover Milo Tindle (Michael Caine) for a weekend of one-upmanship and games. Wyke suggests that Tindle burgles his house to claim the insurance money, but the younger man senses he’s being set up for revenge. Joseph L Mankiewicz gives the actors free reign. There’s plenty of red herrings, particularly amongst the cast list, and although Caine switched roles for the 2007 Harold Pinter scripted remake, the original is much more fun, showcasing two great actors enjoying a clash of the cinematic titans.


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