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The mystery stage play by Anthony Shaffer was adapted by the author into this stylish film from director Joseph L. Manciewicz. Laurence Olivier stars as Andrew Wyke, a best-selling author of detective fiction living in a grand 16th century mansion. Andrew is visited by Milo Tindle (Michael Caine), owner of a hair salon chain, and reveals to his guest that he's aware of Milo's affair with his wife Marguerite. Rather than being vengeful, however, Andrew professes he's glad to be rid of his troublesome spouse. To avoid paying heavy alimony, Andrew suggests that Milo disguise himself… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is a fastidious, acrobatically cunning and invigoratingly well-acted thriller."
‑ Jay Cocks, TIME Magazine
"What really makes the movie come alive--what makes it work better than the play, really--are the lead performances by Lord Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine, and Alec Cawthorne."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This stylish, intelligent mystery is full of delightfully unexpected twists, and boasts extraordinary performances from Michael Caine and Laurence Olivier."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Intriguing to begin, but ultimately tiring; its place is on the stage."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"A two-man play that displays the terrific talents of Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine"
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Provides Laurence Olivier and especially Michael Caine with two of their best roles."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"With the exception of a brief showing by British thespian Alec Cawthorne, the only actors on screen are Olivier and Caine. Both are so good that there's not a moment when we wish for someone else to interrupt their duel."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Despite flaws (it's overlong and too theatrical, betraying its stage origins), this stylishly made cat-and-mouse thriller with strong social class overtones boasts great performances from Olivier and Michael Caine."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It's one of those works built around a gimmick that in fact requires a little cheating on the part of the filmmakers in order to succeed. But it's a good gimmick."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Joseph Mankiewicz directs this deft satire on the detective genre of literature that is both a metaphysical thriller and a psychological cliff-hanger."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Thoroughly entertaining."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"A hugely enjoyable thriller, adapted by Anthony Shaffer from his own phenomenally successful stage play, about two men involved in an intellectual but deadly game of cat and mouse."
‑ , Film4
"A stagebound but effective two-character thriller. It might work better on stage, but you're not like to find better leads."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"Delicious, wickedly funny game of cat-and-cat."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"For two great actors like Olivier and Caine, it's a chance to show off their acting talents, and fascinate people with dialogue, not action."
‑ Ted Prigge,
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