History Theatre / Sleuth

4th Jun '16 9:40:33 PM gewunomox
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* CastingGag: More of a casting pun, one of the [[spoiler: fake]] names in the credits is Eve Channing, a reference to director Mankiewicz's AllAboutEve.

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* CastingGag: More of a casting pun, one of the [[spoiler: fake]] names in the credits is Eve Channing, a reference to director Mankiewicz's AllAboutEve.Film/AllAboutEve.
2nd Jun '16 7:33:19 PM eroock
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->''Andrew... remember... be sure and tell them... it was only a bloody game.''
--> --'''Milo Tindle'''

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->''Andrew...->''"Andrew... remember... be sure and tell them... it was only a bloody game.''
--> --'''Milo
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-->-- '''Milo
Tindle'''


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* CreepyCircusMusic: Playing in the closing scene.
12th Apr '16 4:59:04 PM PaulA
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* OnlyOnePlausibleSuspect: When Inspector Doppler turns up and announces that [[spoiler:Milo has been murdered]], Andrew is the only plausible suspect; since he and Milo are the only two significant characters up this point, and it obviously wasn't Milo, the rules of drama dictate that nobody could have done it if not Andrew. [[spoiler:Subverted: nobody ''did'' do it; it's all a bit of fakery as part of Milo's revenge.]]
27th Mar '15 12:38:27 PM Eegah
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* BriefAccentImitation: Laurence Olivier gets to do several.
3rd Jan '15 2:39:32 PM bernardthebeanpole
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* CastingGag: More of a casting pun, one of the [[spoiler: fake]] names in the credits is Eve Channing, a reference to director Mankiewicz's AllAboutEve.
13th Jun '14 2:57:56 PM eroock
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* BloodFromTheMouth: Milo in the final scene.
7th May '14 3:16:27 PM eroock
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* ConcealingCanvas: Discussed. When looking for the safe, Milo dismisses the painting of Andrew's wife as the hiding place as he has [[GenreSavvy seen it too often on TV]].
12th Apr '14 6:00:31 AM PaulA
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!!This features examples of:

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!!This !!The play features examples of:



* AntiHero: Milo in the 1972 film is only in it to punish Andrew for the pain he caused him. In the 2007 film Milo is revealed to be a sociopath on Andrew's level.



* CastingGag: MichaelCaine, who played Milo to LaurenceOlivier's Andrew in the 1972 film, starred as Andrew to Jude Law's Milo in the 2007 version. Jude Law had played Michael Caine's part in the remake of ''Film/{{Alfie}}''.



* EvilPlan / KansasCityShuffle: [[spoiler: The scheme in the opening paragraph was just a precursor to Andrew's real scheme: to humiliate Milo, by means of shooting him with blanks, because he, a middle-class hairdresser, dared to mingle with the upper class.]] Its the former because it starts and drives the plot. Its the second because the one being schemed thought they knew where to look and what was going on but the real scheme is coming from another direction. From there it gets a lot more complicated.
* FamousLastWords: [[spoiler:See the page quote.]]
** Only in the film. In the play, the line is [[spoiler:"Game, set, match,"]] and doubles as an IronicEcho.

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* EvilPlan / KansasCityShuffle: [[spoiler: The EvilPlan[=/=]KansasCityShuffle: [[spoiler:The scheme in the opening paragraph was just a precursor to Andrew's real scheme: to humiliate Milo, by means of shooting him with blanks, because he, a middle-class hairdresser, son of immigrants, dared to mingle with the upper class.]] Its It's the former because it starts and drives the plot. Its It's the second latter because the one being schemed thought they knew where to look and what was going on but the real scheme is coming from another direction. From there it gets a lot more complicated.
complicated.
* FamousLastWords: [[spoiler:See the page quote.]]
** Only in the film. In the play, the line is [[spoiler:"Game,
[[spoiler:After being shot for real, Milo lasts long enough to get out a victorious, "Game, set, match,"]] and doubles as an IronicEcho.match".]]



* GoldDigger: Margueritte.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Milo in the 1972 film. As stated previously, he is recharacterized to be one of the fellow "monsters" in the 2007 adaption.

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* GoldDigger: Margueritte.
Marguerite, according to Andrew.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Milo in Milo, who initially disapproves of Andrew's gameplaying, starts playing back to prevent Andrew getting the 1972 film. As stated previously, he is recharacterized to be one of the fellow "monsters" in the 2007 adaption.last laugh, and proves disconcertingly adept.



* MinimalistCast: It has only six characters. [[spoiler:And only two actors.]]
* MobileMaze: Andrew's got one.

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* MinimalistCast: It has only six five characters. [[spoiler:And only two actors.]]
* MobileMaze: Andrew's got one.
]]



* OohMeAccentsSlipping: [[spoiler:An In-Character example. Michael Caine struggles a bit with Milo's Inspector Doppler accent.]]



* PsychopathicManchild: Andrew in the 1972 film. The creep factor is dialed up with long shots of his moving, dancing, watching-you toys.



* ShoutOut: Andrew, a popular detective writer, has a sign that reads "221 B Baker Street" in his basement.



* [[spoiler:SpoilerOpening: Subverted; despite what the credits may tell you, Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine are the only stars of the film.]]
** Unfortunately, played straight in the remake.
* ThanatosGambit: [[spoiler: In reprisal for the KansasCityShuffle below, Milo manipulates Andrew into killing him for real.]]

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* [[spoiler:SpoilerOpening: Subverted; despite what the credits may tell you, Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine are the only stars of the film.]]
** Unfortunately, played straight in the remake.
* ThanatosGambit: [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In reprisal for the KansasCityShuffle below, KansasCityShuffle, Milo manipulates Andrew into killing him for real.real and getting caught red-handed.]]


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!!The 1972 film adds examples of:

* FamousLastWords: The same circumstances as in the play, but the words themselves are different: [[spoiler:in fact, this is where Milo says the page quote]].
* MobileMaze: Andrew's got one.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: [[spoiler:An In-Character example. Michael Caine struggles a bit with Milo's Inspector Doppler accent.]]
* PsychopathicManchild: Andrew. The creep factor is dialed up with long shots of his moving, dancing, watching-you toys.
* ShoutOut: Andrew, a popular detective writer, has a sign that reads "221 B Baker Street" in his basement.
* SpoilerOpening: [[spoiler:Subverted; despite what the credits may tell you, Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine are the only actors who appear in the film.]]

!!The 2007 film adds examples of:

* AntiHero: Milo is revealed to be a sociopath on Andrew's level.
* CastingGag: Creator/MichaelCaine, who played Milo to Creator/LaurenceOlivier's Andrew in the 1972 film, starred as Andrew to Jude Law's Milo in the 2007 version. Jude Law had played Michael Caine's part in the remake of ''Film/{{Alfie}}''.
12th Apr '14 5:40:40 AM PaulA
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A 1970 play by Anthony Shaffer, which became a 1972 film, also written by Anthony Shaffer,

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A 1970 play by Anthony Shaffer, which became a 1972 film, also written by Anthony Shaffer,
Shaffer.



Andrew Wyke, a mystery writer, realizes his wife is having an affair with hair salon owner Milo Tindle. He finds in Milo the opportunity to divorce his wife, but he needs to avoid having to pay alimony. So, he challenges the younger man to rob his house; Milo can get rich off his loot, while the insurance company will handsomely reimburse Andrew. Milo complies; but just as he pulls it off, things get really complicated.

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Andrew Wyke, a mystery writer, realizes his wife is having an affair with hair salon owner the middle-class[[note]](his actual occupation varies from version to version)[[/note]] Milo Tindle. He finds in Milo the opportunity to divorce his wife, but he needs to avoid having to pay alimony. So, he challenges the younger man to rob his house; Milo can get rich off his loot, while the insurance company will handsomely reimburse Andrew. Milo complies; but just as he pulls it off, things get really complicated.


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* BlatantBurglar: The first disguise Andrew proposes for Milo to wear during the staged burglary is the classic outfit complete with striped jersey and a bag with SWAG written on it.


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* INeverSaidItWasPoison: Discussed during Inspector Doppler's conversation with Andrew.
2nd Oct '13 10:02:56 PM TrustBen
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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Relatively subtle, but in addition to being a snob in general, Andrew throws some anti-Italian slurs at Milo.
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