Clue

 (7,636)1 h 36 min1985X-RayPG
Based on the popular board game, this comedy begins at a dinner party hosted by Mr. Boddy (Lee Ving), where he admits to blackmailing his visitors.
Directors
Jonathan Lynn
Starring
Eileen BrennanTim CurryMadeline Kahn
Genres
SuspenseComedy
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English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Christopher LloydMichael McKeanMartin MullLesley Ann WarrenColleen Camp
Producers
Debra Hill
Studio
Paramount Pictures
Rating
PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
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4.8 out of 5 stars

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Julian KennedyReviewed in the United States on February 19, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsGet a Clue
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Some movies from the eighties have aged poorly (cough The Big Chill Cough). I have to admit that I fully expected this to be one of them. I have good memories of Clue but it had been a few decades and who knows how my memory was selective.

Even without the veil of nostalgia Clue is a delight. A slightly campier take on Murder by Death it has a star-studded cast bringing the board game to life. Tim Curry and Madeline Kahn lead the delightful cast with surprisingly entertaining turns by underrated Martin Mull and Colleen Camp.

One nice kids today aspect of the film is the realization that the recent trend of turning games such as Ouija and Battleship into movies is hardly a new one. Clue is not just the granddaddy of the genre but is the reigning champ. It is as good as you remember and better than it had to be or should have ever been.
181 people found this helpful
QuatermainReviewed in the United States on January 26, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsStill just REALLY funny!
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This movie has been a guilty pleasure of mine for years, and I'm glad to see that over thirty years later it still holds up strong. Keep in mind that this isn't 'Citizen Kane", people. It's a slapstick farce -- and what a farce. For that matter, what a cast! You just can't top Madeline Kahn, Tim Curry and Christopher Lloyd, who appear in all their frantic glory. And Eileen Brennan, Michael McKean, Martin Mull and Lesley Ann Warren are equal to the task of keeping up.

This movie's gimmick was that it had three different endings, and you got a different one at different theaters. On this disk, you get the option of the televised version (which has all three endings in a "maybe it was really this person..." setup) or you can have your player randomly pick one ending. Kind of a cute touch to get a few extra miles out of the thing the movie was known for.

I've heard they're working on a re-make, which will be a 'world-travelling' mystery. First, that sounds like a horrible idea. Secondly, why fix what isn't broken? Long live the original!
119 people found this helpful
Matthew D'SouzaReviewed in the United States on November 1, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsThe Greatest Murder Mystery Spoof!
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Clue (1985) is one of my favorite comedies ever as it is a quick 96 minutes of non-stop hilarity. Director Jonathan Lynn makes long sweeping shots of the gorgeous mansion set look as lovely as his quick cuts to each character. His fast paced direction makes Clue a breeze to watch and revisit time and again.

The brilliance of Clue is perhaps in its simple premise turned genius through the clever and complex writing of Jonathan Lynn along with John Landis. The constant jokes and gags keep you laughing at all times with easy to get humor and neat twists and turns.

I love the quirky and fun score from John Morris as it chimes in after each twist and before every running gag. The hilarious musical cues continuously match a funny on screen moment for a delightful soundtrack experience.

Above all, Tim Curry as the butler Wadsworth is unparalleled comedic heights. His ability to create comedy through his delivery of serious dramatic dialogue add a weight to Clue. Curry is so effortless while doing physical comedy to saying a witty bit of sarcasm to even reciting extended monologue of an impressive length. Clue is certainly one of Curry's most memorable roles ever.

Furthermore, the entire cast of Clue is quite funny. Lesley Ann Warren is snappy as the sultry Ms. Scarlet. Martin Mull pulls of the oafish Colonel Mustard with a great gag about him taking everything literally. Madeline Kahn as Mrs. White is so pretty and charming with a dry wit that never fails to make me laugh. Kahn is an absolute joy to watch in Clue.

To continue, Christopher Lloyd as Prof. Plum is so sleazy in a goofy way that it's funny for its extremity. Eileen Brennan is so startled and snobbish as Mrs. Peacock that you keep laughing at her scorn and screaming. Michael McKean is hilarious as the clumsy and fanciful Mr. Green. His sudden indignation is laughable like his objections to the events. Colleen Camp plays the mesmerizing Yvette with her sweet French accent and excessive cleavage leading to numerous laughs. Lee Ving's short but sleazy De Niro impression is kind of funny in an awkward way. Overall, everyone is going to make you laugh at some point in Clue.

I have to recommend Clue for anyone that seriously needs a laugh. It is quickly paced and short with many great nods to the murder mystery genre. This is how you jokingly deconstruct a genre.
43 people found this helpful
RDDReviewed in the United States on October 1, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat Writing, Phenomenal Cast- A Classic!
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Jonathan Lynn's film based on the Parker Brothers board game is a classic. The cast is amazing, with Eileen Brennan as Mrs. Peacock, Tim Curry as Wadsworth, Madeline Kahn as Mrs. White, Christopher Lloyd as Professor Plum, Michael McKean as Mr. Green, Martin Mull as Colonel Mustard, Lesley Ann Warren as Miss Scarlet, Colleen Camp as Yvette (the maid), and Lee Ving as Mr. Boddy. Each of these actors fully commits to the silliness of the story, playing it like people normally act this way so that it's even funnier. They also work off of one another brilliantly. The story is the basic one of the game, with Mr. Boddy's death triggering a whodunnit, though the writing and acting make this a thoroughly enjoyable and creative film. Nearly every line is quotable and you may even miss some while laughing. In coming up with the story, John Landis and Jonathan Lynn made this film so much better than it had to be. This DVD includes two versions: the theatrical cut of the film, which has a single ending, and the home video release version, which includes three possible endings, thereby mimicking the possibility for different ways to win the game (and including even more great scenes). If you haven't seen this film, treat yourself and pick it up.
54 people found this helpful
RikiReviewed in the United States on July 13, 2019
1.0 out of 5 starsWhy do people like this?
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I don't get why this movie is rated so high? There was very little to laugh about during the whole movie, and it reminded me a little of a 1976 movie called 'Murder by Death' that was 1000x funnier. Many famous people in movie, but none of them used. Madeleine Khan is always hilarious, except in this movie where she does very little.
18 people found this helpful
JDRReviewed in the United States on December 20, 2017
4.0 out of 5 starsThis is still an all-time favorite, and to get to see so many new ...
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FINALLY on BluRay! Strangely though, some scenes seem crystal clear, while others still look rather standard-def. I SO wished for there to be bonus scenes, commentary, etc. but sadly there isn't, (The theatrical trailer is included, which strangely has scenes in IT that are not in the movie. Missed opportunity!).
This is still an all-time favorite, and to get to see so many new details in the high-def scenes makes it worth the wait.
26 people found this helpful
TheZapperReviewed in the United States on June 17, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsCommunism was just a red herring
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An amazingly well-executed farce, Clue adapts the plot of the famous Parker Brothers board game; a group of six guests are invited to a dinner party at a remote mansion to discuss an "important matter." Murder ensues, and the characters must root out the murderer among them and clear their names before the police arrive.

What's surprising is that this is actually an on-point adaptation of the board game. All the characters are here, plus some original creations to round out the cast and add more bodies to the pile, the premise is the same, all the rooms of the house make an appearance. The murder weapons are all from the game, and even little touches like the secret passages make an appearance.

And yet, this faithfulness to the source material doesn't stop the film from being a great time. The cast is amazing and completely in-sync, playing off each other to perfection, the writing is completely on point and filled to the brim with witty, memorable lines, and the plot is clever enough to keep you guessing until the (multiple) endings. By all rights, this movie should be a real turd. But everyone involved just kills it. It's a shame that, with Hollywood adapting every remotely recognizable property they can lay hands on these days, that they can't take a page from Clue's book and realize that even something like a board game can be made into a movie enjoyable enough to last for generations.
9 people found this helpful
Raisuli the MagnificentReviewed in the United States on June 11, 2019
4.0 out of 5 starsAmusing
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Not really a funny film as such, but it is light in tone and somewhat amusing to see well known 80s talent act silly on the big (or small) screen.

If I recall correctly, during the film's initial release, each theatre it was shown in had a different ending. When the film was slated for cable and home video, all three endings were packaged together with the "or this is how it happened" silent film card.

There's one or two laughs in here, but nothing is really funny as such, just silly and again light in tone. That, and the extra definition streamed via bluray format makes the film a bit more watchable than when it was released on home video. That's a plus. It doesn't make the film funnier, but it does make it okay to see on the TV screen or computer monitor of your choice.

See it once and see what you think.
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