A generally leaden interpretation of a spry psycho-drama. It’s played like a rep production on a Wednesday afternoon with Olivier slipping too easily into his familiar fortissimo flourishes with Caine somewhat stymied by his limited vocal range. The denouement is a mile coming and what may work effectively as theatre-craft here creaks off the screen with the joins showing. Stick to Shaffer’s Christie adaptations.
An underrated gem! Great actors chewing scenery. unforgettable set design. Clever twist and turns. Just a pure joy. Avoid the remake at all costs, which is none of those things (but do check out Deathtrap as a proper homage.)
Joseph L. Mankiewicz's swan song united two gigantic legends in a deadly battle of wit, persuasion and humiliation.
A masterful thriller with richness in dialogue, theatricality, and twists, all submerged in the purest, most malicious and delightful black humour.
Great fun, beautifully acted and produced. I can never help feeling that a certain element of the plot could have been handled better (I can't spoil it). But watching Olivier and Caine sink their teeth into their roles is a treat.
The production design here is sensational - Wyke's manor is a character in and of itself and the traps, games, and other automata are truly fun and oftentimes spooky. Michael Caine and Sir Laurence Olivier are incredible together and the acting pas de deux they showcase is unmatched by most every other film duo.