A Remembrance of Clue: The Movie
September 7, 2013

This BuzzFeed article on Clue: The Movie is fun to read and full of interesting information. After reading, I dug out the DVD and enjoyed it even more knowing the history.

Although made almost 30 years ago, the film is somewhat timeless, due to its setting in 1954 and its use of a wonderful cast. Unusual for an ensemble, the six main characters are all well-known name actors: Eileen Brennan, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Martin Mull, and Lesley Ann Warren, with the support of Tim Curry as Wadsworth, the butler, holding the game together with those amazing expository speeches in that wonderfully plummy accent, and Colleen Camp as the maid Yvette.

One thing not addressed is how the characters don’t wear their colors, instead in complements or counterparts. Colonel Mustard wears brown, Mrs. Peacock (blue) wears gold, Miss Scarlet wears dark green, Mrs. White wears black, and so on. I’ve always wondered about that costuming choice, although the cars are properly colored.

As the first movie (but not the last) based on a board game, the movie faced poor expectations going in, with the gimmick of three alternate endings confusing viewers. I’m surprised no one’s ever tried it again, since with digital delivery it would be much easier to organize. Watching it again, though, there’s one clearly best ending, and it’s the one that comes last. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can watch the movie for free.

4 Responses  
Ralf Haring writes:  

I am not surprised variant content (in the first run) didn’t catch on. It’s an astonishingly consumer-hostile idea. The movie, despite being highly amusing, deserves to have failed at the box office because of such an odious stunt.

In the home video market it certainly has been succesfful, with various exclusive versions usually being sold in the form of an extra disc with a certain retailer’s copies. Now they’re starting to offer wildly divergent content, though. There’s a mini brouhaha at the moment about the latest Star Trek movie’s extra features being scattered to the four winds.

Johanna writes:  

I saw that, that there are different extras with different retailer exclusives. Doesn’t everybody know (even though it hasn’t been announced) that there’s going to be a deluxe version for the holidays or some other selling season, though?

Jamie Coville writes:  

I really liked this movie as a kid and it was shown on a movie channel with all 3 endings. I haven’t seen it since though.

James Schee writes:  

I remember seeing this as a kid, and liking it right up to the end. Then I was confused and asked the person I went with what the ending was, and they said it had various different endings. It felt like a cheat to me as a kid, that I put in all that time and had no concrete finish ending.

I should try it again as an adult, now that I’m used to alternate endings with the dvd extras and the like.


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