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The Last of Sheila (1973)

Richard Benjamin , James Coburn , Herbert Ross  |  PG |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Benjamin, James Coburn, James Mason, Dyan Cannon, Joan Hackett
  • Directors: Herbert Ross
  • Writers: Anthony Perkins, Stephen Sondheim
  • Producers: Herbert Ross, Stanley O'Toole
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001FVEC2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,028 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Last of Sheila" on IMDb

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Thriller about a jet-setting game master who devises a deadly game of whodunit.

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CLEVER, FUNNY, AND JUST FABULOUSLY SCRIPTED! June 15, 2004
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If you love mysteries and are tired of the brainless detective films being released on a regular basis these days, you OWE it to yourself to watch this taut yet darkly sardonic thriller!
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.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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The Last of Sheila is a love or hate for most folks. I fall into the love category. A GREAT cast beautifully embodies the twisted, neurotic hollywood-types in this whodoneit or even whodonewhat for that matter. The screenplay is full of incredibly witty, sharp dialogue and it layers puzzle upon puzzle until the very end. Then - one last joke at Hollywood's expense before the final credits. Coburn, Benjamin, Cannon and Mason are particularly excellent here. Some flashback twists might get confusing, but keep watching - it pays off beautifully. Oh, and Bette Midler's closing credits number is just the perfect iceing on this multi-layered, very dark chocolate cake. Just excellent!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Evening with Dyan, Richard, and Raquel. June 11, 2004
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The first wonderful thing about "The Last of Sheila" directed by Herb Ross is that it's a who-done-it of the first order. The writing by Tony Perkins and Stephen Sondheim is masterful and packed with insider Hollywood dish. The cast is second to none and all working at the top of their form. There are a few particular standout performances. James Mason gives us his restrained all in the pivotal roll of Phillip. He adds in the process this film to his long and distinguished list of credits. Raquel Welsh brings out for our appreciation the famous Raqui figure but also in this, her follow up to her first great roll in "Kansas City Bomber", she shows a little more of her range than most expected or allowed her at the time. Joan Hackett as Lee is touching and brilliant in one of the best rolls of her too short career. The incendiary Dyan Cannon inhabits Christine and with her raucous laugh steals the show from everyone with her thinly veiled "Sue Mengers" Agent to the stars turn. "Somebody get me a glass of water and two Lesbians!" She is pure joy to watch.

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".
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Any number can play. Any number can die. October 18, 2004
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A murder mystery written by composer Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd) and actor Anthony `She might have fooled me, but she didn't fool my mother' Perkins (it seems both men share an insatiable love of puzzles and games)? And a good one to boot? Whodda thunk it? Yes, it's true...what? You've never heard of it? Neither did I...until now...

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.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Movie! April 30, 2004
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I just finished watching the DVD. This has always been one of my favorite movies. It's not "Casablanca" or "Citizen Kane" but it's not trying to be. It's just a good movie - and I really enjoyed it.
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun who done it movie
Haven't seen this in years but this DVD was pristine. Fast delivery & an excellent price.
Published 5 days ago by Love the oldies
5.0 out of 5 stars So much fun re-watching and looking for clues to solve the mystery ...
One of my top ten movies of all time. So much fun re-watching and looking for clues to solve the mystery even after years of viewing it.
Published 1 month ago by Clee
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS MOVIE ! ! !
LOVE this 70's cult film! Had a really hard time finding it AT ALL, much less at a decent price...suddenly, all of the 70's era films that were so hugely popular (but were so hard... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lara
5.0 out of 5 stars great
A real who done it! great cast
Published 2 months ago by Alphonso Billy
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Movies EVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I saw this in German TV the first time when I was much younger than today ! And I remember it like yesterday......!!!!! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Andy Kiss
5.0 out of 5 stars Good mystery movie
I saw this movie for the first time in the theatres in the 1970's when it was released. I always loved James Coburn and I think this is one good mystery movie. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Valerie Beiersdorfer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great WhoDoneIt!
This is one of my favorite murder mysteries, right up there with And Then There Were None! I watch this over and over. Play along -- clues are given throughout the movie. Read more
Published 4 months ago by hoffyflash
4.0 out of 5 stars A chic early 70s thriller from a couple of masters
Stephen Sondheim, one of America's greatest composer/songwriters and the late Anthony Perkins (immortalized as Norman Bates in Hitchcock's Psycho) were apparently both fond of... Read more
Published 5 months ago by matthew g. cohen
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Murder Mystery!
This was a really great murder mystery. I liked that it had a few twists and turns but, didn't really stretch what would have been realistic.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars For the fans of Aghata Christie's work
I wanted to like this movie so much more, but 4 stars is already a lot from me.
The movie is a decent mystery/black-comedy. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Luke
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