Clue is campy, high-styled escapism. In a short 87 minutes that just zip by, the well-known board game’s one-dimensional card figures like Professor Plum and others become multi-dimensional personalities with enough wit, neuroses and motives to intrigue even the most adept whodunnit solver. [Screen story by co-executive producer John Landis and director Jonathan Lynn.] Film is released with three endings.
Tim Curry plays the loquacious organizer of the evening’s murder game, which takes place in a Gothic hilltop mansion in New England in 1954 during a storm (of course).
He sends six individuals a letter providing the incentive to attend dinner at the mansion and when each arrives, assigns them a pseudonym – Professor Plum, Mr Green, Mrs White and so on.
The unlikely assemblage of characters is mostly portrayed by well-known actors and comedians of which Lesley Ann Warren’s Miss Scarlet, Martin Mull’s Colonel Mustard and Eileen Brennan’s Mrs Peacock performances stand out.
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Terrific performances also are given by relative unknowns: Michael McKean as Mr Green and Colleen Camp as the French maid, Yvette.