If it was murder, where's the body? Dec. 10, 1972 (UK, USA) 138 Min. PG
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Laurence Olivier isAndrew Wyke
Andrew Wyke
Michael Caine isMilo Tindle
Milo Tindle
Alec Cawthorne isInspector Doppler
Inspector Doppler
John Matthews isDetective Sergeant Tarrant
Detective Sergeant Tarrant
Eve Channing isMarguerite Wyke
Marguerite Wyke
Teddy Martin isPolice Constable Higgs
Police Constable Higgs


The mystery stage play by Anthony Shaffer was adapted by the author into this stylish film from director Joseph L. Manciewicz. Laurence Olivier stars as Andrew Wyke, a best-selling author of detective fiction living in a grand 16th century mansion. Andrew is visited by Milo Tindle (Michael Caine), owner of a hair salon chain, and reveals to his guest that he’s aware of Milo’s affair with his wife Marguerite. Rather than being vengeful, however, Andrew professes he’s glad to be rid of his troublesome spouse. To avoid paying heavy alimony, Andrew suggests that Milo disguise himself as a clown and steal his wife’s expensive jewelry. That way Marguerite and Milo can obtain financial security while Andrew claims the loss on his insurance and all walk away rich. Andrew’s plan is a devious one, however, designed to toy with his wife’s lover, and a series of deceptions and counter-deceptions are launched in which nothing is as it seems.

Original title Sleuth
IMDb Rating 8.1 37,918 votes
TMDb Rating 7.4 116 votes

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