Six guests are anonymously invited to a strange mansion for dinner, but after their host is killed, they must cooperate with the staff to identify the murderer as the bodies pile up.

Director:

Jonathan Lynn

Writers:

John Landis (story), Jonathan Lynn (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eileen Brennan ... Mrs. Peacock
Tim Curry ... Wadsworth
Madeline Kahn ... Mrs. White
Christopher Lloyd ... Professor Plum
Michael McKean ... Mr. Green
Martin Mull ... Colonel Mustard
Lesley Ann Warren ... Miss Scarlet
Colleen Camp ... Yvette
Lee Ving ... Mr. Boddy
Bill Henderson ... The Cop
Jane Wiedlin ... The Singing Telegram Girl
Jeffrey Kramer ... The Motorist
Kellye Nakahara ... The Cook
Will Nye ... Cop #1
Rick Goldman ... Cop #2
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Storyline

This is a movie about seven guests, a butler, and a maid, who are all involved in a series of murders. The guests all meet at Hill House, where you learn that Professor Plum (Christopher Lloyd) works in Washington, D.C., where everyone else lives. Colonel Mustard (Martin Mull) is a client of Miss Scarlet (Lesley Anne Warren), who is the ex-employer of Yvette (Colleen Camp), the maid, who had an affair with the husband of Mrs. White (Madeline Khan), et cetera. Blackmailer Mr. Boddy (Lee Ving) gives each guest a weapon and tells him or her to kill butler Wadsworth (Tim Curry) to avoid being exposed. Add in Mrs. Peacock's (Eileen Brennan's) craziness and Mr. Green's (Michael McKean's) clumsiness, and meet a whole group tangled in a web of murder, lies, and hilarity. Written by Ali Harton

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The movie that makes a scene of the crime. See more »


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Trivia

In the U.S. version of the board game (Clue), only Professor Plum and Colonel Mustard have any identifiable backgrounds, given their titles. In the U.K. version (Cluedo), Reverend Green's profession is also apparent. All of the other characters' backgrounds are left ambiguous. However, in some editions of the board game, the covers show Mrs. White dressed as a maid. See more »

Goofs

In the Library, Col. Mustard's whiskey glass jumps from the table to his hand. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Wadsworth: Is everything ready?
Yvette: Oui, Monsieur.
Wadsworth: You have your, um, instructions.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits begin with "Clue" game cards that are flipped over to reveal pictures of the main characters and the names of the actors that played them. See more »

Alternate Versions

There was a fourth ending shot, but subsequently dropped from the film due to the fact that director Lynn did not like or approve of it. Shots of this ending are included in the movie storybook. It had Wadsworth as the solo killer of the bunch, explaining that he killed everyone out of the need for perfection in the world, that all of life's consistencies were not good enough, and further tells the six 'victims' that he has poisoned the champagne he served and unless they find an antidote in three hours, they'll die. Police show up soon enough and trap Wadsworth, but not for long. He gets away from the chief and leaves, locking all the people in the mansion. But as he steals a police car, he notices a 'smell' (the dog dropping smell from the beginning of the film) and realizes the Doberman from earlier is now in the police car, and it lunges for him. The police car crashes, and Wadsworth is dead. This implies that the others got out okay now that the windows were not guarded by the Doberman any longer. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Studio C: Episode #12.4 (2020) See more »

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For She's a Jolly Good Fellow
(uncredited)
Performed by Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean,
Martin Mull, and Lesley Ann Warren
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I laughed till my stomach hurt
9 September 2004 | by mattgstreetSee all my reviews

A hysterical spoof of the well known board game Cluedo, known as Clue

in America. One of the best comic castings ever. Tim Curry as the Butler- brilliantly wild eyed, OTT and campy. Any fan

of The Rocky Horror Picture Show will simply adore his performance in

this film. And Michael McKean as Mr.Green- After This Is Spinal Tap, he

gives his best performance in Clue. The cast really does not have any

weak spots who are all supported by a very funny script. John Landis at

his mid eighties best. The only downer is the different endings use similar script which does

get a little tiresome, but apart from that a flawless comedy. Now go

and see it!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

13 December 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Clue: The Movie See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,014,166, 15 December 1985

Gross USA:

$14,643,997

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,643,997
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Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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