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Sleuth (2007)

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On his sprawling country estate, an aging writer matches wits with the struggling actor who has stolen his wife's heart.

Director:

Kenneth Branagh

Writers:

Anthony Shaffer (adapted from the play by), Harold Pinter (screenplay)
1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michael Caine ... Andrew
Jude Law ... Milo
Harold Pinter ... Man on T.V.
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Storyline

Two extremely clever British men are in a game of trickery and deceit. Andrew Wyke, an aging famous author who lives alone in a high-tech mansion, after his wife Maggie has left him for a younger man; and Milo Tindle, an aspiring actor, equipped with charm and wit, who demonstrates both qualities once again. When Wyke invites Tindle to his mansion, Tindle seeks to convince the former into letting his wife go by signing the divorce paper. However, Wyke seems far more interested in playing mind games with his wife's new lover, and lures him into a series of actions he thoroughly planned in seeking revenge on his unfaithful spouse. Written by Postalj (Taken from Sa'ar Vardi's post)

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Obey the rules.


Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 2008 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Juegos siniestros See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,265, 14 October 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$342,835, 20 January 2008
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The wire-man sculpture is by Antony Gormley, best known for "Angel of the North," a public sculpture in Gateshead. See more »

Goofs

(at around 9 mins) When Andrew and Milo are sitting at either end of the long table enjoying a drink, the position of the bottle changes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Andrew Wyke: Yes?
Milo Tindle: Andrew Wyke?
Andrew Wyke: That's right.
Milo Tindle: I'm Milo Tindle.
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Connections

Featured in Inspector Doppler: Make-up Secrets Revealed (2008) See more »

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A vulgar knockoff
10 March 2009 | by eye95See all my reviews

While the original titillates the intellect, this cheap remake is designed purely to shock the sensibilities. Instead of intricate plot-twists, this so-called thriller just features sudden and seemingly random story changes that serve only to debase it further with each bizarre development. Worst of all, replacing the original spicy dialog is an overturned saltshaker full of unnecessary four-letter words, leaving behind a stark, but uninteresting taste.

There was promise--unfulfilled promise. The prospect of Michael Caine pulling off a Patty Duke-like Keller-to-Sullivan graduation is admittedly intriguing. Unfortunately, this brilliant and respected actor only tarnished his reputation, first by accepting the role in this horribly re-scripted nonsense and then by turning in a performance that only looks competent when compared to Jude Law's amateurish overacting.

If you haven't seen the classic original, overlook its dated visuals and gimmicks. Hunt it down, watch it, and just enjoy a story-and-a-half. As for the remake, pass on this insult to the original.


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