Clue (the movie)
Sure, nowadays it’s odd if a movie comes out that’s not based on a board game or a toy from our youth (Battleship, Transformers, GI Joe…) but there was a time when it was a completely unique idea.
In December of 1985, it happened for the first time when Clue hit theaters, based on the oh-so-awesome board game from Hasbro.
Starring Tim Curry (as Wadsworth the Butler), Christopher Lloyd (Professor Plum), Madeline Kahn (Miss Scarlet), and Martin Mull (Colonel Mustard), Clue takes place in a New England mansion one night in 1954. All six game pieces are invited, because they’re all being blackmailed. And then one-by-one, the bodies start droppin’. First the cook, then Mr. Boddy, then poor Yvette, and the cop… Oh, the carnage. And oh, the comedy.
Not content to just wrap the story up with one, puny ending, the filmmakers (John Landis and Jonathan Lynn) decided to give us three. Depending on the theater you saw it in, the killer was Mrs. Peacock, Miss Scarlet, or a little bit of everyone. (The DVD includes all 3 endings.)
It was a gamble that (for reasons known only to those with no taste or sense of humor) didn’t pay off. Despite the variety of endings and the star power, Clue tanked at the box office, finishing with a lower take than Death Wish 3, Porky’s Revenge, and even The Care Bears Movie in 1985.
Since then, though, it’s gone on to make a killing (ba-dum-dum) on VHS and DVD, becoming a cult classic in it’s own right.
And remember, Mrs. Peacock, “monkey’s brains, though popular in Cantonese cuisine, are not often to be found in Washington D.C.”
We ♥ Clue (the movie).