Featuring a novel use for clown handpuppets and a wonderful turn by James Coburn's demoniac grin. The plot is a twisty and clever puzzle, perhaps a bit ahead of its time in that regard. The dark humor comes across less as caustic satire than winking in-joke, but that's OK.
A tremendously entertaining murder-mystery romp that shines because of its top-notch cast and a sharp, witty screenplay by Anthony Perkins and Stephen Sondheim. A genuinely puzzling puzzle of a film stylishly staged by director Herbert Ross. A lot of fun.