★★★★★ UK / USA. 2h18m. Mystery / Thriller. Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Written by Anthony Shaffer (screenplay) and Anthony Shaffer (“Sleuth”). Cinematography by Oswald Morris. Edited by Richard Marden. Music by John Addison. Starring Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine.
Andrew Wyke, a successful crime fiction author, lives in a large country manor house filled with elaborate games and automata. He invites his wife’s lover, Milo Tindle, a hairdresser, to his home to discuss the situation and would like Milo to take his wife off his hands. To provide him the means to support her, Andrew suggests that Milo steal some jewelry from the house, with Andrew recouping his losses through an insurance claim.