Joseph L. Mankiewicz' film version of Sleuth is terrific. Anthony Shaffer's topnotch screenplay of his legit hit provides Laurence Olivier and especially Michael Caine with two of their best roles.

Joseph L. Mankiewicz’ film version of Sleuth is terrific. Anthony Shaffer’s topnotch screenplay of his legit hit provides Laurence Olivier and especially Michael Caine with two of their best roles.

Olivier is outstanding as the famed mystery novelist and society figure who is galled at the prospect of losing his wife to Caine. Latter is sensational as the lower-class tradesman (hairdresser) who eventually proves himself worthy of playing the game of cat-and-mouse with which Olivier seeks to avenge his honor.

Ken Adam’s outstanding production design, replete with the automated gadgetry with which Olivier’s character enjoys his private games, contributes mightily to the overall achievement.

1972: Nominations: Best Director, Actor (Michael Caine, Lawrence Olivier), Original Score

Sleuth

UK

Production

Palomar/20th Century Fox. Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz; Producer Morton Gottlieb; Screenplay Anthony Shaffer; Camera Oswald Morris; Editor Richard Marden; Music John Addison; Art Director Ken Adam

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1973. Running time: 138 MIN.

With

Laurence Olivier Michael Caine
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