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Plot: A year after Sheila is killed in a hit-and-run, her multi-millionaire husband invites a group of friends to spend a week on his yacht playing a scavenger hunt-style mystery game. The game turns out to be all too real and all too deadly. Runtime: 120 mins Release Date: 14 Jun 1973
This is not a movie for those who like their fare to be obvious. Coming from the pens of Stephen Sondheim and Anthony Perkins, it is a witty, erudite little puzzle that expects you to pay attention and work with it. It's also a delightfully acerbic look at the Industry and those who work in it.The cast in the main rises to the challenge Coburn is in fine form as the manipulative Clinton; the late Joan Hackett reminds you, what we lost as an actress in the part of Lee and James Mason, exudes charm as Phillip. Raquel Welch is perhaps at sea a bit in some of the scenes compared to Ian <more>
McShane as her husband and the wonderful Dyan Cannon and Richard Benjamin. Herbert Ross directs what is a complex story with a deft touch right up to the denoument - which is brilliant and has a great pay-off line.The dvd version has a commentary with Cannon, Benjamin and Welch. However, Welch sounds as though she recorded alone and really doesn't offer much insight into the whole project except for comments about her wardrobe and the fact that she didn't understand the plot, but that was ok as she says because her character had little understanding of what was going on either.
I can not speak more highly of this movie as it has to be the best film who-dun-it ever conceived. James Coburn invites a group of Hollywood has been types on his yacht in the south of France to find out who killed his gossip columnist wife Sheila, a year before at a wild party. He sets up murder puzzle games, one every night, to find the culprit and to entertain the guests, but the games get out of control and real murders begin. The clues in this movie are really unique as you the viewer play along to find out the murderer. I have seen this film 3X and am still in awe that I missed so many <more>
clues....right before my eyes. Never guessed the killer either and I am a mystery buff and usually can. The cast is great.There are so many funny and bitchy lines in this movie they come from every direction. My favorite line: James Mason a TV commercial director filming a dog food commercial talking to his wife on phone "I am sorry dear but I must hang up a cast member is peeing on my leg." And he doesn't mean one of the pooches! Beautifully filmed and an all around A++++ film.
Deliciously dark humour blends well with mystery (by aromatic-2)
Great performances, marvelous dialogue and a deliciously dark sense of humour makes this one loads of fun for repeated viewings. The ensemble cast works very well together, and the brain candy never stops. And the payoff is well worth waiting for. Never has a song punctuated the final scene so well.
"I like any game where you don't have to move." ... "You don't have to for this one--if you're smart enough." (by moonspinner55)
Superb, darkly and wickedly comic whodunit from screenwriters Stephen Sondheim and Anthony Perkins, with all the pieces right there for you to place. Cunning James Coburn is the movie producer and game-aficionado who invites to his yacht the failed screenwriter Richard Benjamin , his alcoholic wife Joan Hackett, in a sympathetic performance , the catty agent Dyan Cannon, more wired than ever before , the starlet Raquel Welch, looking a bit dazed , the starlet's husband Ian McShane and a director down-on-his-luck James Mason, the calm-head who pays attention to the details . The <more>
only trouble with "The Last of Sheila" is that the first-half, involving a hilarious personality game, is so clever, we want more of it; the murder-mystery second-volley is an acting showpiece, but not quite as engaging. Still, these characters are a wonderfully tainted, self-absorbed lot, and Cannon's mini-breakdown after someone almost offs her is a wild bit of hysterical showing off. I also admired Welch's scene at midnight on the top deck, talking about stealing a coat she's very seductive and charming, though she continues to whisper her dialogue throughout the film and fails to make the strong impression each of her co-stars do . The character conflicts and the reasoning behind who-does-what-to-whom doesn't bear a great deal of scrutiny and even after several viewings, I'm still not clear on that business regarding the cabin keys ; however, the picture is extremely entertaining, a verbally exciting match-of-wits by a group of Hollywood hopefuls and burn-outs. ***1/2 from ****
This very fun movie made me so nostalgic for the 70's. Excellent who-dunnit. Dyan Cannon is perfect as the brassy, free-wheeling wild blonde; I don't know why she was not more famous--good actress, excellent comedienne, beautiful. For the first time ever, Richard Benjamin actually acts. James Mason is wonderful. Many very very funny moments. Raquel Welch is terrible--all she can do is be pretty. James Coburn as the captain who plans the crafty game onboard ship is a wonderful diabolical schemer. Too bad Tony Perkins and Steven Sondheim didn't write some more sreenplays. I loved <more>
The best Agatha Christie mystery, NOT based on Agatha Christie's writings! (by Coventry)
I've been a cinema freak for as long as I can remember, which must be more than 25 years by now, but do you know what aspect I still like most about the movie-industry? It's the complete randomness of it all and the occasional spontaneous surprise! I can illustrate this best via an example: "The Last of Sheila" is one of the most convoluted, imaginative and intelligently scripted mystery-thrillers of the entire 70s decade. So one would assume that a film like this is either based on the works of an acclaimed novelist or at least penned down by a team of professional and <more>
experienced Hollywood writers, right? The opposite is true, in fact. "The Last of Sheila" was written by two puzzle-fanatics, active in the film industry although in entirely different fields, that never wrote any other stories before or after this one-hit-wonder! This may not sound too extraordinary to most people, but personally I'm very intrigued by this type of random coincidences. Anthony Perkins Mr. Norman Bates of "Psycho" and Stephen Sondheim a composer and songwriter apparently share a nerdish passion for real-life scavenger hunts/puzzle games and combined their ingenious knowledge to think up this whodunit mystery that has more twists and turns than a mountain road in the French Alps! And – moreover – the red herrings all make full sense and the details of the denouement although incredibly far-fetched are all waterproof in the end, which is quite an impressive accomplishment for two men whose day-to-day job isn't writing scripts! Congratulations Mr. Perkins and Mr. Sondheim; your achievements give an additional dimension of brilliance to an already terrific film! "The Last of Sheila" will appeal mostly to fans of the better Agatha Christie adaptations, like "And then there were none" and "Murder on the Orient Express". What starts as a festive reunion among elite Hollywood colleagues quickly escalates into a hostile and confronting search for the culprit of an unsolved crime. The rich, eccentric and slightly obnoxious Clinton Green stellar role for James Coburn lost his wife Sheila in a hit-and-run accident. Exactly one year later, he invites six people who were present at the party on the night of Sheila's death for a vacation on the luxury yacht that carries the same name as his deceased wife. He thought up a seemingly innocent game for which he hands out little cards to all of his guests. The cards playfully accuse their owners of having committed a certain crime, and the purpose of the game is the participants to the crime on their cards. Some of the guests are righteously suspicious and discover that the crimes aren't just randomly chosen, but actual crimes that the guests desperately attempt to keep secret. Clinton's main goal of the trip is obviously to unmask his wife's killer, but a lot of unforeseen incidents will take place before the revelation of his/her identity. The rules of the games and the subsequent discussions between the characters are quite high-level and often difficult to follow, but most of all truly fascinating to behold. Especially during the last half hour, I was literally glued to the screen and regularly re-watched the most vital dialogs 2 or even 3 times in order to be sure I understood everything. It's always great when a movie sucks you like this. Of course, a film like this also owes a lot of its impact to the cast. In addition to James Coburn, the rest of the all-star cast gives away splendid performances as well. According to the trivia section, Raquel Welch behaved like an annoying diva and made herself quite unpopular amongst her co-players, but hey, she's Raquel Welch and she looks astounding! Hammer-horror nymph Yvonne Romain "Curse of the Werewolf", "Night Creatures" briefly appears at the beginning of the film as the titular Sheila. Another nifty detail in the script is that one of the main characters refers to Hammer horror later in the film, when they're solving a riddle inside an abandoned monastery. I could go on and on about the inventiveness of the script and the particular attention that director Herbert Ross pays to minor details, but you get the idea. "The Last of Sheila" comes with my highest possible recommendation.
Exotic locales on the French Riviera form a beautiful setting for this highly complex whodunit story about six Hollywood movie insiders who agree to participate in a reality-based game to celebrate the life and tragic death of Sheila, another Hollywood insider, whom they all knew.The game's host, Sheila's multi-millionaire husband Clinton Green James Coburn , has devised six pretend pieces of gossip; the idea is for the participants to guess everybody's secret. As one participant says: "That's the thing about secrets; we all know stuff about each other; we just don't <more>
know the same stuff; how did Clinton find out? Sheila, probably." The game winner gets top billing in Clinton's forthcoming movie: "The Last Of Sheila".The script's underlying premise is ingenious, and the story is quite well executed. The plot has more twists and turns than a corkscrew. Every scene is important in some way. The identity of the killer is not at all easy to discern. Indeed, my guess was wrong.The film has an ensemble cast, and they all give convincing performances. I especially liked James Mason and Dyan Cannon. Color cinematography is topnotch, and includes some difficult camera shots of and on a luxury yacht. My only complaint about this film is its relative lack of suspense. I could have wished for more spooky chills. For a murder mystery, the tone is just a tad too playful.Inadequate suspense aside, this is a terrific movie that will appeal to mystery lovers especially. It's got some classy characters and dialogue, great visuals, fine performances, and a riveting plot.
When it was released in 1973, "The Last of Sheila" hit me like a shot of Johnny Walker red the preferred snort of the Hollywood heiress played by Joan Hackett . Then, a few months ago, it turned up streaming on Netflix. I watched it again and enjoyed it so thoroughly that I chose it several months later to watch with a house guest– a friend who knows so little about movies that, during "Dial M for Murder," he asked, "Who's that actress?" He enjoyed it, too, enough to discuss it afterward–- something I applaud even though I agree with this pithy bit of <more>
dialog spat out by a magnificent James Coburn: "We don't want this topic to degenerate to the discussion phase." "Sheila" is a murder mystery that begins with Sheila herself getting killed in a hit-and-run. That happens before the opening credits. Then her marvelously malevolent widower, a movie producer James Coburn , sets out to nail the killer. He invites six Hollywood friends for a Mediterranean cruise on his yacht. Once on board, he involves them in an elaborate game to play as an amusement. They don't know it, but the real point of the game is diabolical: to find out who killed Sheila, because Coburn knows that one of them ran her down. It happened during a party that they all attended, and they all had motives. Indeed, the point of the movie, in a way, is that everyone in heartless Hollywood has a motive to kill everyone else. Upon arrival at the yacht, he hands each of the six a card on which is written "You are a " followed by a personal secret, something "not too light": Shoplifter, Homosexual, Ex-Convict, Informer, Little Child Molester, and Alcoholic. S,H,E,I,L,A— though the players don't notice that because they haven't yet seen each other's cards .The game involves everyone finding out the others' assigned secrets, and first up is the Shoplifter. Each player is given the same clue– a key with "Sterling 18K" stamped on it– to find out who has the Shoplifter card. With that clue they are ferried to shore to find the answer. Without giving too much away, I can say that the Shoplifter card was assigned to James Mason, but one of the women characters was actually arrested some years earlier for shoplifting a fur coat. She therefore realizes that something more than a harmless game is afoot. The card she holds, Homosexual, is obviously someone else's real secret.Before it's all over, three characters are dead, courtesy of two others, and there are two additional murder attempts, perpetrated by separate players with separate motives.The screenplay is altogether unique, co-authored as it is by two very famous men, neither of whom wrote any other screenplays, alone or together: Stephen Sondheim and Anthony Perkins. The plot is entirely consistent with the friends' fondness for elaborate game-playing. Their dialog is brisk, witty, and delightfully vicious. Except for the predictably wooden work of Richard Benjamin, the performances are sparkling. Dyan Cannon grabs her juicy part with both hands, while Raquel Welch delivers her juicy parts in a bikini. Ultimately, though, the movie belongs to the two Jameses, Coburn and Mason. Mason's character– who shares many traits with Humbert Humbert, including the most obvious– is an aging director who ultimately unravels the mystery.Saying more means revealing more, and Sheila's tangled web is best woven before a viewer's eyes without advance knowledge. The only thing I will add is that the film was shot on location on French Riviera. The principal murder takes place in a wonderfully gloomy old site which, I suspect, is the fortified monastery of Ile Saint-Honorat, near Cannes. Gamesmanship is evident even in that choice: a suitable spot for an unholy picture about Hollywood.
True whodunit's are rare in movies; even when they're based on a whodunit book, they often get rid of most of the clues in favor of character and plot. But Last of Sheila is all about solving mysteries, and the biggest mystery is wonderfully ingenious.The cast is an interesting group, with Mason's elegance, Coburn's snarkiness, Benjamin's nebishness, Cannon's brashness, and Welch's talentless little girl whisper melding together into a lovely 1970s actor stew.The dialogue is sharp, the mystery is smart, the acting is first rate except for Welch of course, who <more>
makes up for it by wearing a bikini and the clues are all there if you're smart enough. Watch it.