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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] kestrell at Movie review: "The Last of Sheila"
THE LAST OF SHEILA Dir. Herbert Ross, (1973)

Directed by Herbert Ross ("The Seven Percent Solution") and with a script written by Stephen Sondheim and Anthony Perkins, this is a fun and fast-paced murder mystery.

James Coburn plays a meglomaniacal Hollywood producer who invites a group of friends, which includes Richard Benjamin as a down-on-his-luck screenwriter and James Mason as a down-on-his-luck director, for a weeklong cruise on his yacht.

Once they arrive, the group discovers that a murder game has been arranged, and you don't have to be a mystery fan in expecting that pretend murder will soon turn into real murder.

What you might not be expecting is how wildly and wittily the story goes off the rails in the final act.

This is an incredibly fun movie that seems to start off simply but continues to accumalate surprising twists and turns right through to the very end. Highly recommended.

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Alexx adds:
The mystery is not just surprising, but surprisingly Fair. I noticed about half the important clues as they happened, but didn't put them all together until the reveal(s). I also recommend this.

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Date: 2016-09-04 12:53 pm (UTC)
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I remember, decades ago, Games Magazine did a feature on Sondheim and his game collection. There was a bit about the murder parties he would host. Some celeb, I forget who, was in the bathroom, hunting under the sink for a clue envelope when he looked up and Anthony Perkins, who had drawn the murderer card, mildly said "I'm afraid I have to kill you."

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Date: 2016-09-05 12:27 am (UTC)

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Date: 2016-09-15 03:13 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sovay
This is an incredibly fun movie that seems to start off simply but continues to accumalate surprising twists and turns right through to the very end. Highly recommended.

I have always heard good things about this movie! I'm delighted to have them borne out by people I know. It is never guaranteed that art that people make with their partners will actually be good, so I think I am especially pleased when it is.

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Date: 2016-09-15 02:42 pm (UTC)
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Huh. I did not know they were a couple. Cool.

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Date: 2016-09-15 03:30 pm (UTC)
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Huh. I did not know they were a couple. Cool.

They were at the time of The Last of Sheila. That's actually how I first heard of it.

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