Murder By Death (1976)
Whodunit? You'll die laughing trying to figure it out!
|The world's greatest detectives have been invited to dinner. But when murder is on the menu, who will make it to dessert? You are cordially invited to join an all-star cast featuring Peter Sellers, David Niven, Peter Falk, James Coco, Elsa Lanchester, Maggie Smith, Alex Guinness, Eileen Brendan, Nancy Walker, James Crumble and Estelle Winwood for Neil Simon's hilarious murder-mystery spoof Murder By Death. The isolated mansion of eccentric millionaire Lionel Twain (celebrated author Truman Capote in a Golden Globe-nominated performance) is the setting for the twisted puzzler. Twain informs his guests that one of them will be murdered at the stroke of midnight. The payoff: $1 million to whoever lives through the night. Murder By Death neatly lampoons both the mystery genre and the characterizations of these instantly recognizable gumshoes. Match wits with the super sleuths, but remember, you can't win if you end up dying from laughter!|
"Entertaining and hammy spoof... VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever
"Inspired zaniness... Janet Maslin, Newsweek
"...enjoyable all-star comedy. Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
Editor's NoteNeil Simon's screenplay is a clever spoof on murder mysteries in which eccentric millionaire Lionel Twain (Truman Capote) invites the world's greatest detectives to his home and challenges them to solve the perfect murder. Among the sleuths that try to solve the case are Milo Perrier (James Coco), Sam Diamond (Peter Falk), Jessica Marbles (Elsa Lanchester), Dick and Dora Charleston (David Niven and Maggie Smith), and Sidney Wang (Peter Sellers), all of whom are easy-to-guess but altogether sharp parodies of beloved literary characters.
Cast & Crew
|Robert Moore - Director|
|David M. Walsh - Director of Photography|
|Dave Grusin - Musical Score|
|Ray Stark - Producer|
|Neil Simon - Writer|
Plot SummaryPlaywright-screenwriter Neil Simon whipped up this frothy parody of several famous sleuths, who gather in an Agatha Christie-style setting.| A gaggle of brilliant detectives -- including Sam Diamond, Milo Perrier, Miss Marbles, Sidney Wang, and Dick and Dora Charleston -- attends a party hosted by the filthy-rich Lionel Twain in his dark mansion.| Soon it's clear Twain and his help have more on their minds than hospitality and hors d'oeuvres.
Golden Globe (1977)
|Truman Capote, Nominee, Best Acting Debut In A Motion Picture (Male)|