The Sleuth Movie Review Summary

Actors: Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier

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“The Sleuth” is a rather misleading title (perhaps on purpose) as it makes you think that you are in for another detective story. Not exactly so.
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Andrew Wyke (Lawrence Olivier) is a wealthy mystery writer known for his love of games and tricks. He invites the young hair-dresser Milo Tindle (Michael Caine) to his luxurious mansion to discuss a rather unpleasant issue, namely Tindle's affair with his wife. Wyke says that he knows about the affair, and he doesn't care. He is in fact tired of his wife and her spending habits, so much so that he would be glad to get rid of her. Wyke knows that Tindle would like to marry her but has no means to support such a woman, and he is even willing to help him out. He proposes a plan: Tindle will would stage a burglary and steal Wyke's insured jewels; he will then sell them to a pre-arranged fence in Amsterdam and keep the money – and the woman. Wyke will cash in on the insurance and live happily with his mistress.

Tindle agrees. However, as they begin to carry out the plan it becomes clear that Wyke is not so unconcerned about the affair as he had stated. He is actually quite furious, and especially insulted by the fact that Tindle, the son of an impoverished Italian immigrant, dared to mess with the wife of an upper-crust Englishman. Tindle realizes that Wyke is setting him up to be killed in the burglary.

The review of this Movie prepared by Laura Southcombe

Wealthy and successful mystery writer Andrew Wyke invites Milo Tindle, a much younger and more attractive man, over to the Wyke mansion to get better acquainted. When the meeting turns less than cordial, Andrew reveals that he knows Milo has been having an affair with Andrew's wife. Andrew uses his skills as a mystery writer to play cat-and-mouse games with Milo which put Milo's freedom and ultimately his wife in danger. However Milo has a few ideas of his own on how to get back at his tormentor.
The review of this Movie prepared by Brooke Smith

Script Analysis of The Sleuth

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40% Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Time/Era of Movie:    -   1960's-1970's Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Crime & Police Story?    -   Yes Vigilante/Revenge?    -   Yes Criminal enemy is...    -   crazed boy/girlfriend/family member

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer    -   writer Age:    -   60's-90's    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British    -   British Unusual characteristics:    -   Extremely cynical or arrogant


Europe    -   Yes    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths    -   non-gory references to death/punishment Is this movie based on a    -   play    -   play

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