August 10th, 2011: Clue (1985)

Cast and Crew:   Jonathan Lynn (Director/Co-Writer); John Landis (Writer); Debra Hill (Producer); Eileen Brennan, Madeline Kahn, Martin Mull, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Lesley Ann Warren, Colleen Camp, Colleen Camp, Lee Ving, Bill Henderson, Jane Wiedlin, Howard Hesseman

What It’s About: When their host is murdered, six dinner guests, along with the servants, must figure out who is guilty, why they did it, and how they are all connected.

Why Watch it Today?: Anthony Pratt, the creator of Cluedo (the original English title of the game) was born today in 1903.  For a movie based off a relatively simple board game, Clue is more fun and amusing than it has any right to be, in large part thanks to its fantastic cast led by Tim Curry as, who else, the butler.  In the theater the film had the gimmick of being released with multiple endings, to drum up interest in repeat viewings and to simulate the game itself, where the killer’s identity changes each time you play.

Where to Get It Libraries, Netflix, iTunes or Amazon

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