Blu-ray review: 'Clue'

“Clue,” the 1985 comedic mystery based on the board game, has amassed a cult following strong enough to warrant its Blu-ray debut in honor of Paramount's 100{+t}{+h} anniversary, but the high-definition release lacks new bonus features.
by Brandy McDonnell Published: August 3, 2012


The comedic mystery “Clue” proves that a game cast can make even the most madcap movie ridiculously entertaining.

Based on the venerable Parker Brothers board game, the 1985 film performed poorly at the box office but since has amassed a cult following strong enough to warrant a Blu-ray release in honor of Paramount's 100th anniversary.

The broad comedy satires Joseph McCarthy-era paranoia (which doesn't seem that out-of-date given the current political climate), parodies Agatha Christie mystery tales like “And Then There Were None” and lovingly spoofs the whodunit source material and its entertaining assortment of characters, weaponry and rooms.

On a rainy night in 1954, six strangers with ties to Washington, D.C., where McCarthyism is running rampant, are summoned to a dinner party at a remote gothic mansion. The coolly efficient butler, Wadsworth (Tim Curry), greets the diners, who have all been given colorful pseudonyms: Miss Scarlet (Lesley Ann Warren), a madam who runs a brothel with a high-profile clientele; Mr. Green (Michael McKean), a gay State Department employee who fears his sexual orientation could cost him his job; Professor Plum (Christopher Lloyd), a psychiatrist who lost his license after an affair with a female patient; Mrs. Peacock (Eileen Brennan), a senator's wife who has accepted bribes in exchange for steering her husband's votes; Colonel Mustard, a corrupt military official; and Mrs. White (the late Madeline Kahn, a personal favorite), an alleged black widow whose last husband was a nuclear physicist.

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more...
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