Sleuth

Sleuth

Kenneth Branagh (2007)

84min
15 Certificate
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Director Joseph L Mankiewicz's 1972 adaptation of Anthony Shaffer's stage play about a cuckolded writer battling with his wife's lover starred Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine. Thirty-five years later, Caine takes over the Olivier role as the vengeful scribe and Jude Law plays the young actor and his opponent in the psychological games that ensue. Both would have been well advised not to have bothered - this stilted retread has none of the original's theatrical brio. Kenneth Branagh's uncertain direction is partly to blame, as he never finds a satisfactory tone for the piece. But the chief offender is screenwriter Harold Pinter, who admits that he had seen neither play nor film before accepting the job. His leaden, misjudged screenplay has none of the sense of mischievous glee that animated the earlier screen version and it leaves the actors floundering, particularly a miscast Law.

Summary

An actor visits the secluded mansion of his lover's reclusive author husband, hoping to persuade him to sign her divorce papers. However, the writer has more sinister plans for their meeting, and engages his rival in a complex battle of wits. Kenneth Branagh's remake of the 1972 mystery thriller, starring Michael Caine and Jude Law.

Cast & Crew

Andrew Wyke Michael Caine
Milo Tindle Jude Law
Man on TV Harold Pinter
Director Kenneth Branagh

Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Paramount Guidance: Contains swearing. Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 23 Nov 2007

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