“Sleuth” – 1972 (not to be mistaken for the 2007 remake). A classic mystery thriller with two of our finest actors: Michael Caine and Laurence Olivier. Without spoiling the film, I’ll give you a brief synopsis: a wealthy, detective fiction writer is visited by his wife’s lover, a modest hair salon owner. The writer, who’s recognized for his prankish love of games…all types of games, finally reveals that he knows about their affair. Things definitely take a wrong turn here, and it’s anybody’s guess how this game will end!
In 1972, I could not wait to see “Sleuth.” And, I loved it! It was smart, psychologically suspenseful, and terrifically twisty. Adapted from Anthony Shaffer’s play, which won a Tony in 1971, this movie pulls us deep into the maze-like minds of both men. It plays out in an extravagant mansion, richly filled with all kinds of murky merriment and mayhem. If you get a chance to watch this film, let me know what you think. Oh! And keep an eye out for the all-white jigsaw puzzle!