Clue (1985)

Clue (1985) - Madeline Kahn

Taglines: It’s not just a game anymore.

Clue is a movie about 6 guests, a butler, and a maid, who are all involved in the murders of 6 people. The guests all meet at Hill House, where you learn that Professor Plum works in D.C., where everyone else lives. Colonel Mustard is a client of Miss Scarlet, who is the ex-employer of Yvette, the maid, who had an affair with the husband of Mrs. White, etc.

When Mr. Boddy, who is blackmailing each guest, gives the guests each a weapon, he tells them they should kill Wadsworth, the butler, to avoid being exposed. With Mrs. Peacock’s craziness, and Mr. Green’s clumsiness, the whole group finds themselves tangled in a web of murder, lies, and hilarity.

Clue is a 1985 American ensemble mystery comedy film based on the board game of the same name. The film was directed by Jonathan Lynn, who collaborated on the script with John Landis, and stars Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Martin Mull, and Lesley Ann Warren. The film was produced by Debra Hill.

In keeping with the nature of the board game, the theatrical release included three possible endings, with different theaters receiving one of the three endings. In the film’s home video release, all three endings were included. The film initially received mixed reviews and did poorly at the box office, ultimately grossing $14,643,997 in the United States, though it later developed a cult following.

Clue was Paramount’s first adaptation of a now-current Hasbro property, though at that time Cluedo was owned by Waddingtons and licensed in the United States (as Clue) to Parker Brothers. Hasbro later bought both Waddingtons and Parker Brothers. This predated by 19 years Paramount’s deal to distribute other films and television series based on Hasbro properties. Universal Studios announced that a remake was in the works with a release date set for 2013, though the project was later shelved.

Clue Movie Poster (1985)

Clue (1985)

Directed by: Jonathan Lynn
Starring: Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Lesley Ann Warren, Colleen Camp, Jane Wiedlin
Screenplay by: John Landis, Jonathan Lynn
Production Design by: John Robert Lloyd
Cinematography by: Victor J. Kemper
Film Editing by: David Bretherton, Richard Haines
Costume Design by: Michael Kaplan
Set Decoration by: Thomas L. Roysden
Music by: John Morris
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: December 13, 1985