Release: Dec 13th, 1985 Rating: PG Run time: 94 min Starring: Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry Director: Jonathan Lynn
Clue was definitely the movie I was in the mood for. I needed to get away from the horror, murder and death that I’ve been experiencing over the past few weeks, not like it’s a bad thing, as I do love me some horror, murder and death, but a man’s gotta broaden his horizons once and awhile. The cure was a little 80s film based on the popular board game, Clue, which sadly I was only now getting around to watching. Fun times were in order!
Short nitty-gritty plot description from IMDb is as follows: Six guests are invited to a strange house and must cooperate with the staff to solve a murder mystery.
The hilarious cast of characters in the awesome movie, Clue.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say that everyone has either played Clue before, or has at least heard about the game and knows the premise. The movie takes the basic premise, of having all the key players, Mr. Green (Michael McKean), Miss. Scarlet (Lesley Ann Warren), Mrs. Peacock (Eileen Brennan), Colonel Mustard (Martin Mull), Mrs. White (Madeline Kahn), Professor Plum (Christopher Lloyd) and Mr. Boddy (Lee Ving), along with a few new characters in the way of Wadsworth the Butler, played by Pennywise himself, Tim Curry and finally the beautiful and busty Maid, Yvette, played by the beautiful and busty Colleen Camp.
See, I told you she was beautiful and busty.
The key players are invited to a dinner party, hosted by an unknown man and after everyone gets settled in, each one learns that they are all being blackmailed by the same person, a person who is at the party. After each party member is gifted a weapon, consisting of the usual candlestick, wrench, knife, revolver, lead pipe and rope, Mr. Boddy ends up dead (as usual) and each person ends up being a likely suspect. As the night goes on, more and more bodies start piling up and the mystery slowly unfolds to the awesome ending, where we are treated to a multitude of different, yet each uniquely funny endings.
Wadsworth (Tim Curry) trying to contain himself against Miss Scarlet’s uppity attitude.
I’ve always loved these type of comedies. The one where the dialogue is quick as a crack of a whip and the comedy never stops. Everybody puts in a performance that is to die for, die laughing that is and the situations keep escalating to such an absurd point, even the characters in the movie are not phased by the continuing death that surrounds them. I also love that each person has there own unique personality and not one character is left out in the cold, well expect for maybe the singing telegram girl, in a scene that made my sides split.
I, am, your singing telegram!
Clue is filled to the brim with amazingly funny dialogue, a cast of characters, played masterfully by a skilled group of comedic actors/actresses and a story that keeps you guessing and laughing to the very end. Much like the board game it’s based on, Clue is one movie you could easily start all over again and enjoy it just as much as you did the first time.
P.S. Does any remember those awesome Clue books you could buy? Each short story was like a quick game of Clue, where you had to guess who did it come the end.