The Last of Sheila

The Last of Sheila

DVD - 2004
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An eccentric millionaire invites his friends onto his yacht for the weekend and begins to expose their dirty little secrets.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2004]
Edition: Widescreen
Description: 1 videodisc (119 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN: 9780790789736
0790789736
Branch Call Number: DVD Last

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winemook
Aug 15, 2015

I liked this when it came out but haven't seen it for many years. I do think it's notable for the cast, and the writers: Stephen Sondheim and Anthony Perkins. It was reviewed well by Vincent Canby of the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/books/98/07/19/specials/sondheim-last.html
This is my favorite DVD review site:
http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/lastsheila.php

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janetw11
Mar 30, 2015

One of my favorite films. Saw it on the big screen as a teenager in 1973 and revisit it every so often. Just showed it to a friend and he really enjoyed it. Such an intelligent script, very talented cast and filmed in the south of France!! My favorite setting is the monastery. I could and will see this film many more times. Sadly, not enough people know about this film. Absolutely 5 stars.

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Nursebob
Dec 17, 2014

Marred by an increasingly convoluted plot and outrageous twists you get the impression that the film's writers were a wee bit too clever for their own good. Still, the sunny Cote d'Azur locations are pleasant on the eye and it's great fun watching the likes of Dyan Cannon, James Mason and Raquel Welch dash up and down cobblestoned alleyways or wander through a candlelit medieval monastery dressed as monks. The esoteric clues don't add up to much unless you have an exceptionally vivid imagination, but the movie's unexpectedly sardonic resolution does cast a well aimed barb directly into the heart of Hollywood culture.

um1975 Nov 20, 2013

I remember when this film first came out and thinking it was about the most intriguing one I had ever seen. I had never forgotten about it, but it took me 30 years (!) to actually see it again. I still think it's great, though I wasn't surprised at the ending since it is so memorable. Some of the twists and turns I hadn't remembered so it is a good film to view whether you have seen it before or not. The
campy 1973 fashions and hairstyles make it all the more enjoyable.
Bottom line, see this film if you like intriguing whodunnits!

johnf108 Oct 16, 2013

"Last of Sheila", "Usual Suspects", and "Identify" are the best three 'who done its' there are. "Identify" adds "Who did what" until the end.

Froster Jun 05, 2012

I was one of the (perhaps) 3 people who actually went to a movie theater in order to see this when it first came out. I don't remember liking it very much, but aside from that, I couldn't really remember much of anything about it. So, when it came time for a reassessment (and I didn't actually have to budge outdoors, or put it in my queue...thank you, TCM), I was happy to view it again. I still didn't like it very much, but at least now I know why I couldn't remember very much about it. it is perhaps the MOST heavily contrived "mystery" ever put together. It is this movie that reminds one that Stephen Sondheim contributed a crossword puzzle to every third issue of New York Magazine during its first year of publication...and also, evidently, created participatory puzzles for party games. The mystery in this film is completely opaque and contrived; unsolvable, in fact....and if one is to enjoy this kind of light "Agatha Christie" entertainment, one has to feel that one is SOMEWHERE on the track to solving it. (Fuhgeddaboudit). The other charms of this movie are extremely slight, made up primarily of some very bitchy lines delivered with gusto by the always underrated Dyan Cannon....and the fact that two of the characters were (unrepentantly. but only part-time) Gay. As opposed to co-author Anthony Perkins who was (repentantly full-time) Gay. But, in fact, the movie is also Gay, Gay, Gay.... part-time witty, but full-time shallow.

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AtomicFez
Aug 08, 2011

With profuse thanks to friends for pointing out this hidden gem of a film. Just when you're sure you've located the answer, you're wrong. Then it appears someone else is the villain, and then *they* die! Then, when you figure it out, it proves to be more complicated yet, but not in a way you even initially think it to be the case at all! Then you get a real surprise!

Honestly, the thing has that many twists and turns and truly shocking plot points. If you've not seen it, then seek this out and do *not* do anything about learning more than this.

Well, I suppose knowing that Anthony Perkins and Stephen Sondheim wrote the script is safe enough.

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SweeTee
Feb 12, 2010

Vintage "Who Done It" with James Coburn, James Mason, Rachel Welsh, Dyan Cannon, and Richard Benjamin.

Not bad overall for this genre but very 1970's.

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