Murder By Death PG

By the time the world's greatest detectives figure out whodunnit... you could die laughing!
Murder By Death
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  • Rated: PG
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 34 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: December 18, 2001
  • Originally Released: 1976
  • Label: Sony Pictures
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Mono - English
    • Dolby Digital Mono - Spanish
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Total Count: 19


User Ratings: 13,076
Rating: 3.5/5 -- Hit & miss mystery spoof hits more often than it misses.
Jul 26, 2002
Rating: 3/4 -- This spoof of the great fictional-film detectives offers consistently funny scenes. Full Review
TV Guide
Oct 3, 2007
The fault lies solely with Neil Simon's inadequate. Full Review
Los Angeles Free Press
Oct 30, 2019
Murder by Death is a very good silly-funny Neil Simon satirical comedy, with a super all-star cast cavorting as recognizable pulp fiction detectives gathered at the home of Truman Capote, wealthy hedonist fed up with contrived gumshoe plots. Full Review
Oct 3, 2007
Rating: 4/5 -- Generally successful send-up of classic mysteries with a lame finale.
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Jun 16, 2003
Director Moore and writer Neil Simon seem to have no real affection for either the characters they plunder mercilessly for laughs, or the locked room puzzle they turn on its head. Introductions over, the film slides downhill. Full Review
Time Out
Jun 24, 2006
Stunningly unfunny. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Oct 3, 2007

Product Description:

Neil Simon's screenplay is a clever spoof on murder mysteries in which eccentric millionaire Lionel Twain (Truman Capote) invites the world's greatest detectives to his home and challenges them to solve the perfect murder. Among the sleuths that try to solve the case are Milo Perrier (James Coco), Sam Diamond (Peter Falk), Jessica Marbles (Elsa Lanchester), Dick and Dora Charleston (David Niven and Maggie Smith), and Sidney Wang (Peter Sellers), all of whom are easy-to-guess but altogether sharp parodies of beloved literary characters.

Plot Synopsis:

Playwright-screenwriter Neil Simon whipped up this frothy parody of several famous sleuths, who gather in an Agatha Christie-style setting.
A gaggle of brilliant detectives -- including Sam Diamond, Milo Perrier, Miss Marbles, Sidney Wang, and Dick and Dora Charleston -- attends a party hosted by the filthy-rich Lionel Twain in his dark mansion.
Soon it's clear Twain and his help have more on their minds than hospitality and hors d'oeuvres.


Production Notes:

  • Color by Metrocolor.
  • Additional cast: Richard Narita (Willie Wang) and Myron (Dog).
  • Released theatrically in the USA June 24, 1976.
  • The character sketches in the beginning of "Murder By Death" were drawn by "Addams Family" cartoonist Charles Addams.

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  • Sales Rank: 3,198
  • UPC: 043396079342
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