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Murder By Death

  PG HD Closed Captioning

Robert Moore

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Plot Summary

The world's greatest detectives have been invited to dinner. But when murder is on the menu, who will make it to dessert? You are cordially invited to join an all-star cast featuring Peter Sellers, David Niven, Peter Falk, James Coco, Elsa Lanchester, Maggie Smith, Alec Guinness, Eileen Brennan, Nancy Walker, James Cromwell and Estelle Winwood for Neil Simon's hilarious murder-mystery spoof Murder By Death. The isolated mansion of eccentric millionaire Lionel Twain (celebrated author Truman Capote in a Golden Globe(r) -nominated performance) is the setting for the twisted puzzler. Twain informs his guests that one of them will be murdered at the stroke of midnight. The pay-off: $1 million to whoever lives through the night. Murder By Death neatly lampoons both the mystery genre and the characterizations of these instantly recognizable gumshoes. Match wits with the super sleuths, but remember, you can't win if you end up dying from laughter!

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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69%
  • Reviews Counted: 16
  • Fresh: 11
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 6.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: As light and insubstantial as one could wish. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: 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. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: Stunningly unfunny. – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

One of the best

Brilliant actors, brilliant script. Fantastically well adapted play from Neil Simon.

Best of all

On my top 10 best movies of all time. Right up there with Godfather 2.

Murder By Death
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2001

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