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Sleuth Academy Award Nomination! Academy Award Nomination! Academy Award Nomination! Academy Award Nomination! 

By Robert Horton

Wicked, nasty, delicious fun. Laurence Olivier is a wealthy, veddy English mystery writer. He invites Michael Caine to his elaborate country house, in order to settle some rather unpleasant business between them: Caine is having an affair with Olivier's wife, and she is about to divorce the older man. Olivier, smooth as brandy, suggests that there might be a way the two men can help each other, but what appears to be an intriguing proposition escalates into a deadly cat-and-mouse game. Sleuth boasts a twisty script by Anthony Shaffer, calculated to drive an audience to distraction; and director Joseph L. Mankiewicz (All About Eve) shows a keen eye for the telling detail. But the real fun is watching Olivier and Caine go at each other hammer and tongs, a virtuoso wrestling match between two splendid actors (both were Oscar-nominated, but lost to Marlon Brando in The Godfather). Alec Cawthorne is also quite good as the inquisitive inspector on the case.

Academy Awards

Sleuth received Academy Awards nominations for Actor (Lord Laurence Olivier), Actor (Michael Caine), Directing (Joseph L. Mankiewicz), and Music Scoring Awards (Best Original Dramatic Score; John Addison).

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Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Stars: Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine, Alec Cawthorne

Released: December 10, 1972

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