CLUE (Jonathan Lynn, 1985)
For my first Throwback Thursday film I decided to choose an all time favorite of mine. This film is a cult classic in that not everyone has seen it, but it has a following of fans who know these lines backwards and appreciates its subtle humor. This film has great actors, hilarious sequences and one liners that me and my family use on a daily basis. Not only is this film considered a gem because of it’s antics but it is also based off of the board game which was a huge part of my childhood. This film takes place on a rainy dark night where strangers are summoned for a dinner party at a mansion. They soon learn that they are all being blackmailed by the same person and unless one of them kills the blackmailer all their secrets will become public information. This plot makes for an interesting evening with unique characters and hilarious situations that only a true fan of the Clue board game and story can appreciate. The actors really pull this film together with their ability to stay serious while in the midst of this wacky story.
Tim Curry especially excels as the main man for driving this story along, but the rest of the cast Madeline Kahn, Eileen Brennan, Martin Mull, Christopher Lloyd, Lesley Ann Warren, Micheal McKean and Colleen Camp all do a superb job at keeping the story alive and hilarious as ever.Sure this film is campy, cheesy and somewhat predictable (it was the 80’s) but it’s a cult classic/fan favorite for a reason and I hope people after reading this will watch it for the first time or 100th time. And if this doesn’t entice you here’s another reason to watch this film. Psych just aired their “Clue” episode which paid homage to the 80’s film, which was amazing, and if you watch the film and the episode you can find the clues (wink, wink) that match to the original.