Number of Times Seen – Between 5 and 10 times (Theater in 1985, video, cable, DVD, 29 Jul 2013 and 27 Aug 2017)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – Six strangers are all summoned to a mysterious mansion and must try to work together in order to find out why they are all there.
My Take on it – This is a film that I saw in December 1985 in the theater and have always enjoyed watching it every time that I get a chance to see it.
Last week, I listened to the recent MOTM podcast on the LAMB where this film was the winner.
I enjoyed listening to that show so much since I’ve always loved this film and it was great hearing all of the insights added by the 5 LAMB member who discussed it.
I was especially impressed at how much Sean loves the movie and board game it is based on because he seems to have an astounding collection of over 50 different versions of the board game.
I even played the kids version of this game with my two sons this weekend to help me get into the right mood for watching this.
This is the film that moviemakers should study if they want to find a way to adapt a board game to the screen because so much is done right here.
First of all, the cast is superbly chosen and each of the 6 main (color) characters are played by well known 80’s actors – Martin Mull, Madelaine Kahn, Leslie Ann Warren, Eileen Brennan, Christopher Lloyd and Michael McKean.
As great as these 6 are, they are all outshone by Tim Curry in the role of Wadsworth the Butler.
He adds so much energy to the film that it’s extremely difficult to imagine anyone else in that pivotal role.
The dialogue in this film is amazing and they manage to get so much humor, innuendo and “smart” remark into every scenes and every conversation between the characters.
The best part of the film tho is the physical comedy which includes characters falling down but also deal with characters just sniffing around when they seem to think a strange odor is in the air.
John Landis does an amazing job directing this because he is able to put it all together so well that it’s fun the entire time.
Loved the way they invented the idea of multiple endings (to my knowledge a first) to the story and they do a great job incorporating all 3 endings in the DVD version of the story.
This also helps give us the aura of a board game feeling where the ending is different every time you play.
This film is so much fun to watch because it makes you want to be paying attention the entire time just to be able to spot new and interesting things every time you see it.
Multiple viewings are a must in order to try and grasp everything they attempt to tell us.
Thanks again to Sean, Jay, Todd, Jeanette and Nick for getting me to rewatch this after listening to all of their amazing insights for this really fun film!
Bottom Line – Excellent way to adapt a board game to the screen. The cast is superb and they are all great yet Curry really shines here. The dialogue is amazing but the best part of this film is the physical comedy. Landis does a superb job putting all the pieces together and the added benefit of multiple endings is a unique way to tie in some of the aspects of the board game into the storyline. Such a fun film to watch because it keeps you on your toes the whole time in order to try and take it all in. Very underrated film! Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Three endings were shot, and a different one shown at each theater. All three are included on video. The DVD, however, aside from all three endings, also offers the option to play the movie with one randomly selected ending. In some cities, the newspaper print ads indicated which version (“Ending A”, “Ending B” or “Ending C”) was being shown at each theater. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (no change from original review)
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