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The Westing Game


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  • Actors: Ray Walston, Ashley Peldon, Diane Ladd, Sally Kirkland, Cliff De Young
  • Directors: Terence H. Winkless
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Full Screen
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Run Time: 95.0 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H0NCXU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,695 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

A girl is angry about having to move to the city, but gets involved in a mystery when a rich neighbor is found dead. His will suggests that one of the people in her apartment house is his killer and doles out clues to find the culprit - as well as win 0 million. The weird neighbors include Diane Ladd, Sally Kirkland, and Ray Walston.

Customer Reviews

This movie bulldozed over key characters and plot points.
anonymous
I would love to see a second book to follow up from this one.
Andria Vain
If I hadn't read the book this might have been an ok movie.
M. Colvin

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By M. Colvin on December 12, 2008
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If I hadn't read the book this might have been an ok movie. However, the movie is NOTHING like the book! I use it to show my students what they are missing out so many times when they watch a movie instead of reading the book...We Venn Diagram the movie and the book. It makes a good compare and contrast.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Audrey Delaney on January 30, 2010
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I had my English class read the book, they loved it and of course asked if a movie was ever made. I told them about the terrible reviews that it got, but they said they'd write a comparison if I let them watch it. Deal! Anything to get them to write more. 90% of them liked the book more and most thought the movie was terrible and changed far too many details.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By anonymous on October 9, 2004
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If you're looking for a faithful adaptation of the book, look elsewhere. This movie bulldozed over key characters and plot points. So disappointing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tonya Vanderkamp on July 9, 2010
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This is a cute movie that goes along with the Novel The Westing Game. The book is MUCH better, but my 6th graders enjoy the movie. As an educator, the movie lends itself to a great writing prompt on Compare and Contrast. I am glad I purchased the movie.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rivkah Maccaby on February 22, 2008
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This movie is unbelievably bad. More the shame, because it is (loosely) based on one of the very best children's books, and best mystery novels, ever written. I remember well staying up until 4am one weekend night when I was eleven, reading this book cover-to-cover. Adjectives fail to capture how wonderful and remarkable the original book is, which makes it particularly loathsome that someone has managed to make a film that is at once boring and distasteful out of it. Actually, the film shares little with the book besides the title, the names of a few characters, and the lyrics to a song. If the author were still alive, she'd sue for defamation. Smash your DVD player with a sledgehammer rather than subject yourself to this movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mare on April 22, 2013
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My fifth grade class read the book" The Westing Game" and enjoyed it. They did not enjoy this movie. There was so much "poetic license" taken in the movie it barely resembled much of the book. There was no mystery in the movie. It was quite boring to say the least!
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By Olga I on April 2, 2014
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After my students had read the book, The Westing Game, I decided to show them the movie. The movie is pretty good but it is quite different from the book. Many characters have been left out, perhaps to keep it short, 95 minutes long. Overall, movie was good.
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By angel on March 27, 2014
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Wish it was more like the book. They cut out so much. But it should be a cute movie for my little girl
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