Clue (film)

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Clue (Cluedo outside North America) is a 1985 black comedy film based on the board game of the same name. The film is a murder mystery set in a Gothic Revival mansion, and is styled after Murder by Death (which also featured Clue star Eileen Brennan) and other various murder/dinner parties of mystery. The film was directed by Jonathan Lynn, who collaborated on the script with John Landis, and stars Tim Curry, Eileen Brennan, Martin Mull, Lesley Ann Warren, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Madeline Kahn, and Lee Ving. The film was produced by Debra Hill.

In keeping with the nature of the board game, in theatrical release the movie was shown with one of three possible endings, with different theaters receiving each ending. (In the film's home video release, all three endings were included.) The film did poorly at the box office and received mixed reviews, ultimately grossing $14.6 million domestically from a $15 million budget.[1]

Clue was Paramount's first adaptation of a now current Hasbro property (though Clue was owned by General Mills' subsidiary Parker Brothers under license from Waddingtons at the time, not Hasbro), predating by 19 years its deal to distribute other films and television series based on Hasbro properties. Universal Studios recently announced that a remake is in the works with a release date set for 2011.[2]

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Plot

In 1954, against a backdrop of McCarthyism, six strangers are invited to a party in a secluded New England mansion. They are met by the house butler, Wadsworth (Tim Curry), who reminds them each that they have been given pseudonyms to protect their true identity. During dinner the seventh guest, Mr. Boddy (Lee Ving), arrives. After dinner, Wadsworth reveals the true nature of the party: all of the guests are being blackmailed to hide their secrets.

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