Monday, August 9, 2010

Movie Delight Monday


La. Dee. Da. 

You know what that means.....


I'm excited.  Are you excited? 

Did anyone watch Porky's last week after my brilliant post praising its awesomeness?  I hope so.  One of these days I'm going to give you guys a pop quiz (interesting idea for a future blog post....)

Anyhoo, today I'm in a Tim Curry kind of mood, so we're going to talk about one of my all-time favorite movies.  It's a film that has over the past twenty-five years become something of a cult classic (like Tim Curry films tend to do).  That's right, folks, I'm talking about the hilarious film based on the game of the same name:

With the whodunit game as a basis, the film starts at Hill House, where six people are all guests to a dinner party by an unknown host. 

The cast of this film is full of talent, the best being - of course - Tim Curry.

Curry plays Wadsworth, the butler and general coordinator of the evening.  

The guests arrive, all suspicious and confused as to the reasons for their invitations.

Madeline Kahn played Mrs. White, the black widow who is also just a tad crazy.
(I also loved her in a handful of other movies - I consider her the queen of classic comedy- some of which will be future Movie Delight Monday topics.)

Professor Plum is played by the very talented Christopher Lloyd. 
Among his best roles are Judge Doom (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?), Uncle Fester and of course Doc Brown.  However, he's golden as Prof. Plum, and plays the affair-having horndog well.  

Then we have Mr. Green played by Michael McKean

Colonel Mustard played by very funny Martin Mull

Lesley Ann Warren as Miss Scarlet

and Eileen Brennan as Mrs. Peacock
LOVED her in The New
Adventures of Pippi Longstocking!)

So anyhoo, all of the guests arrive, and Wadsworth keeps them confused by refusing to name the host.  Over dinner, discussions reveal the guests are all connected to Washington, D.C.  Mr. Boddy - supposed host - eventually shows up.  He leads the guests into the study and explains to them that they are all being blackmailed by Wadsworth.  He gives them each a weapon, telling them to kill Wadsworth in order to protect their secrets and preserve their reputations. 

Suddenly Mr. Boddy is dead, followed by the cook and the maid. 

 Hilarity ensues as the guests and Wadsworth try to solve the mystery and find out whodunit.  The body count increases as more people arrive at the mansion, revealing bits and pieces of the guests sordid pasts.
This film provides some of the best one-liners ever, and Curry is hilarious as he acts out his theories of how each murder was committed without the murderer being seen.

The best part of the film is the end, when three alternate endings are provided.  My favorite of the three (and I'm not telling which one is the actual ending) is when Wadsworth and Miss Scarlet are arguing over the number of bullets left in the gun.
One plus two plus one plus one....
Even if you're not a fan of the game, the movie is hilarious, and one you can watch over and over again.  



  1. I'm not gonna lie, I didnt know this was a movie lol. I may have to check it out sometime :)

  2. No way! Okay, I'm so glad I picked this movie. You've been missing out hun! Drop what you're doing and go rent this movie ASAP. You won't regret it!

  3. Hadn't heard of it either...going to have to try and find it.

  4. OH MY GOSH!!!!! This is one of my absolute, all time favorite movies.

    And communism is just a red herring.

  5. Absolutely one of my all time favourite movies.
    Tim Curry is so fabulous in every way.
    What an excellent selection.

  6. Such a great movie. I don't think I've seen it since I was younger. And I have to agree with you, Christopher Llyod is awesome in this, but even more spectacular as Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? I still enjoy that movie so much.

    Great selection!

  7. Thanks ladies! Glad to know those who have seen it love it. We've got to get some culture in the other two (Nicole and Rie, I'm talking to you)! :P

  8. wh wow, I didnt know this was a movie. great review, it does sound like a good one.