Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cinema: Pair Slug It out in Remake; SLEUTH (15, 88 MINS) Thriller Michael Caine, Jude Law. Director: Kenneth Branagh. *****

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cinema: Pair Slug It out in Remake; SLEUTH (15, 88 MINS) Thriller Michael Caine, Jude Law. Director: Kenneth Branagh. *****

Article excerpt

RELEASED in 1972, Joseph Mankiewicz's tense thriller Sleuth, adapted by Anthony Shaffer from his own stage play, pitted Sir Laurence Olivier against Michael Caine in a titanic battle of nerve and deception.

Set largely within a claustrophobic country manor, the film relied on ambiguous dialogue to stoke the tension, shifting the balance of power between the two leads as the film built towards an explosive resolution.

Both actors reaped Oscar nominations for their magnetic performances. Thirty-five years later, Caine returns to the fray, this time cast in the Olivier role, for Kenneth Branagh's hi-tech contemporary remake, adapted afresh by Harold Pinter.

Like its predecessor, this Sleuth is distinguished by brilliantly polished turns of phrase and barbed one-liners as the two protagonists exploit each other's insecurities with devastating precision. No sooner has one man seemingly gained the upper hand than his rival parries with an equally devastating blow. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.