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Format: DVD
Sku: 40161795
UPC: 043396079342
UPC 14: 00043396079342
Rating: Game Rating Code
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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!

"...consistently funny, often hysterical scenes...  The Motion Picture Guide
"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 Note
Neil 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.


Video Features DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Mono Audio, English, Subtitled, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 3/3/2009
Video Play Time Running Time: 94 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1976
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 07934
Video UPC UPC: 00043396079342
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: Korean, Portuguese, Samaritan, Spanish, Thai, Chinese
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1/4:3

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info David Niven
Video Cast Info Elsa Lanchester
Video Cast Info Estelle Winwood
Video Cast Info Maggie Smith
Video Cast Info Peter Falk
Video Cast Info Peter Sellers
Video Cast Info Truman Capote
Video Cast Info Robert Moore - Director
Video Cast Info David M. Walsh - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Dave Grusin - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Ray Stark - Producer
Video Cast Info Neil Simon - Writer
Plot Summary
Playwright-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)
   Video Award Name Truman Capote, Nominee, Best Acting Debut In A Motion Picture (Male)

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Falk,Peter
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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