A year after Sheila is killed in a hit-and-run, her multi-millionaire husband invites a group of friends to spend a week on his yacht playing a scavenger hunt-style mystery game. The game turns out to be all too real and all too deadly.
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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.
some of the most boring filmmaking of all-time, cannot be saved by pretty good over-the-topsies from Mason, Cannon, Coburn and intermittently clever script. probably would make for a functional and vaguely forgettable novel.
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.