December 13th, 1985



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Still of Michael McKean in ClueStill of Madeline Kahn in ClueStill of Eileen Brennan in ClueStill of Tim Curry in ClueStill of Christopher Lloyd in ClueStill of Lesley Ann Warren in Clue

Six guests are invited to a strange house and must cooperate with the staff to solve a murder mystery.

Release Year: 1985

Rating: 7.2/10 (27,980 voted)

Critic's Score: 36/100

Director: Jonathan Lynn

Stars: Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn

Clue is a movie about 6 guests, a butler, and a maid, who are all involved in the murders of 6 people. The guests all meet at Hill House, where you learn that Professor Plum works in D.C., where everyone else lives. Colonel Mustard is a client of Miss Scarlet, who is the ex-employer of Yvette, the maid, who had an affair with the husband of Mrs. White, etc. When Mr. Boddy, who is blackmailing each guest, gives the guests each a weapon, he tells them they should kill Wadsworth, the butler, to avoid being exposed. With Mrs. Peacock's craziness, and Mr. Green's clumsiness, the whole group finds themselves tangled in a web of murder, lies, and hilarity.

Writers: John Landis, Jonathan Lynn

Eileen Brennan - Mrs. Peacock
Tim Curry - Wadsworth
Madeline Kahn - Mrs. White
Christopher Lloyd - Professor Plum
Michael McKean - Mr. Green
Martin Mull - Colonel Mustard
Lesley Ann Warren - Miss Scarlet
Colleen Camp - Yvette
Lee Ving - Mr. Boddy
Bill Henderson - The Cop
Jane Wiedlin - The Singing Telegram Girl
Jeffrey Kramer - The Motorist
Kellye Nakahara - The Cook
Will Nye - Cop #1
Rick Goldman - Cop #2

Taglines: "Cluedo" isn't just a boardgame anymore!

Release Date: 13 December 1985

Filming Locations: Max Busch House, 160 South San Rafael Street, Pasadena, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $2,014,000 (USA) (15 December 1985) (1006 Screens)

Gross: $14,643,997 (USA)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Sweden:

Did You Know?

The song Yvette is dancing to in the beginning of the film, "Shake, Rattle, and Roll" is the version recorded by Bill Haley & The Comets, only it is sped up with the pitch increased. This trick was also used in Airplane! in which the BeeGees song "Stayin' Alive" is also played in a sped up version.

Continuity: When Miss Scarlet and Col. Mustard first find the kitchen-study secret passage, as they enter the study the portrait appears to be "spring-loaded" and immediately snaps back into place after they pass through it. However, later in the film when Wadsworth is recounting how it was done, he just taps the same portrait and it swings open, and stays open.

[first lines]
Wadsworth: Is everything ready?
Yvette: Oui, Monsieur.
Wadsworth: You have your, um, instructions.

User Review

Fantastic performances salvage a standard whodunnit

Rating: 9/10

I've been annoyed at most of the bad reviews I read of this movie, because none of them understand what it's all about. It's true; the script is not actually that great. What makes it great is how everything is delivered. The cast is fantastic in playing each part as a cliché, even when the lines are far from it. Curry plays the role with so much ham that it's understood why the script is like this. This is a play, not a movie. I can understand not being in the mood for this film. But I can't understand not appreciating these fantastic performances. Another person pointed out that this film needs to be seen in widescreen. This is correct-the movie reaches another level of greatness by seeing it in proper aspect-ratio. And I've never seen Colleen Camp looking this fantastic.


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