The Last of Sheila
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The Agatha Christie type script (Death on the river Nile, for instance, where many plausible clues are dropped for attentive members of the audience) is nothing if not supremely intricate and as much of a guesser as I am, the film has me riveted every time I watch it.
With the possible exception of Welch, who may be guilty of being somewhat deadpan as the glam queen, almost every other actor comfortably nails his role. Great timing.
Despite the relatively dry DVD (nothing special in the "special features") I highly, highly recommend this fabulous feast of film. Buy it, for you will watch it more than once for sure.
The second wonderful thing about "The Last Of Sheila" is that they took the time to ask Richard Benjamin, Dyan Cannon and Raquel Welsh to do the directors commentary.
This is one of the best commentaries I have heard. It's as if Dyan, Raquel and Richard have just dropped by for a few hours, a few drinks and a walk down memory lane. They reveal in their insightful recollections what fun it was to make "The Last Of Sheila" and in the process show their intelligence, wit and wisdom about the art and business of filmmaking. At one point delighted in the sparkling humor they are both igniting in each other Dyan suggests they do a T.V. show together. Richard suggests the title of "Please Watch Us".Read more ›
The Last of Sheila (1973), directed extremely well by Hollywood veteran Herbert Ross (Play it Again, Sam, The Goodbye Girl, Footloose), stars a formidable cast including the late, great James Coburn, Richard Benjamin, Dyan Cannon, James Mason, Raquel Welch, Joan Hackett (Will Penny, One Trick Pony), and Ian McShane (Roots).
As the film opens, we witness the death of a woman as she storms from a late party, and, unable to get into her car, decides to hoof it...only to get run down by the side of the road. The woman's name was Sheila, and she was wife to high-powered Hollywood muckety muck Clinton Green (Colburn). A year has past, and now we see Clinton, who has a preponderance for games, on a yacht typing invitations for a weeklong get together he's planning, a seemingly sinister game ultimately revolving around the identity of the person who killed his wife. The invitees were all at the party that fateful night, and include Christine (Cannon), a promiscuous loudmouth Hollywood agent, Tom (Benjamin) and Lee (Hackett), a floundering screenwriter and his trust fund baby wife, Philip (Mason), a washed director, and Alice (Welch) and Anthony (McShane), a once popular actress now treading water relegated to opening shopping malls and such, and her hot-headed leechy husband/manager. All accept the invite, as they have pretty obvious interests in pitching, promoting, or working for Clinton, the well to do Hollywood producer.Read more ›
Other reviewers here have discussed the movie itself so I will concentrate on the "extras". There are "previews" as well as a Commentary of the movie. Those participating in the commentary are Richard Benjamin, Dyan Cannon and Raquel Welch. Benjamin and Cannon were together when they recorded their parts and Welch did hers separately.
I really enjoyed listening to Benjamin & Cannon - it was obvious they had a good time while recording. If you've never seen the movie before, though, don't watch the commentary first - they give away abit too much info about who-done-it. But if you already know, then turn it on and listen away.
Benjamin and Cannon were not smokers yet smoking was part of the plot. They both had fun making fun of him trying to hold and smoke a cigarette. I found myself laughing out loud with them. And they were right - he did look funny. I remembered a scene near the end when he was talking with Raquel Welch's character and he looked like he had a lollipop in his mouth. At one point he leaned in so close, I thought he was going to burn her cheek. During the commentary, he said basically the same thing.
I enjoyed listening to the two of them much more than Welch. It was almost a let-down at times to hear them laugh and then there is Raquel, saying something dull about the movie. "I never really paid attention to who the killer was while filming". *yawn* Meanwhile, Benjamin & Cannon were talking about how the movie cost an astronomical (for the time) $5 million to make the movie and how certain scenes were done.
I would definitely buy this movie again - it's just plain FUN to watch and I really enjoyed the commentary too.
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