Tim Curry as Wadsworth, the butler
Colleen Camp as Yvette, the maid
Lee Ving as Mr. Boddy
Christopher Lloyd as Professor Plum
Michael McKean as Mr. Green
Martin Mull as Colonel Mustard
Lesley Ann Warren as Miss Scarlet
Madeline Kahn as Mrs. White
Eileen Brennan as Mrs. Peacock
Jane Wiedlin as The Singing Telegram Girl Clue (1985): I really enjoy this
movie. It's different, but a good different. First of all,
it was quite unusual, even in the 1980s, for a movie to be based on a
board game. Whoever made the decision to greenlight this movie
was really thinking. Set in the year 1954, "Clue" is a comedy, a
mystery, a thriller, and a fun adaptation all in one. This movie
was made with three different endings. Four endings were actually
filmed, but the fourth ending was so depressing that it was omitted
from all theatrical and video releases. When this movie was run
in theaters, it would tell you if it had ending A, B, or C. VHS
releases of the movie had all three endings in a row. Here is how
they played out:
A. Miss Scarlet is the killer, and Wadsworth is an FBI agent.
B. Mrs. Peacock is the killer, and Wadworth is an FBI agent.
C. Professor Plum killed Mr. Boddy, Mrs. Peacock killed the cook,
Colonel Mustard killed the motorist, Mrs. White killed Yvette, Miss
Scarlet killed the cop, Wadsworth killed the Singing Telegram
Girl. Mr. Green is an FBI agent, and kills Wadsworth. We
also find out that Mr. Green is not really gay and, in fact, has a wife.
D. [NEVER USED] Wadsworth poisons all six guests and is killed himself
by a German Shepherd dog when he attempts escape from the
mansion. This ending wasn't really meant to be funny, unlike the
movie, and it's never been released. Doesn't sound too good, does
Of all the endings, I like C the best. It's
the most intricate and interesting, and it serves the movie best.
I don't know why they bothered with all the alternate endings.
They should have just used C. I think the alternate endings
confused people, and made them think that watching the whole movie was
for nothing. Plus, three different endings did nothing to
solidify the plot; ANYTHING could have happened. I think having
three different endings took away any legitimacy this film had as a
murder mystery. I also think that is why it flopped in
theaters. I love the movie, alternate endings and all, but it did
very poorly at the box office...even with the gimmicks.
Another mistake is that they released it on December
13, 1985. I think the Christmas-time part of the year is the
suckiest time to release movies. Any movie that's released on or
around a holiday like Thanksgiving or Christmas almost always flops due
to poor attendance. I don't know why people still insist on
releasing movies in theaters at those times. If this had a Summer
release it would have done at least moderately well.
Jane Wiedlin of the 1980s girl-pop group The Go-Gos
had a small, but spotlighted part as the Singing Telegram Girl who gets
killed as soon as she pops up onscreen. This movie is such an
intricate mystery. It also has a great, comedic ensemble cast,
and the mansion itself is a great set with its trap doors, hidden
rooms, etc. This film is as entertaining as any Charlie Chan or
Sherlock Holmes film.
Special mention must go out to my favorite star of
the film, Colleen Camp. She played the silly, chesty French maid
Yvette who ends up getting killed late in the film. I've enjoyed
Colleen in all the projects I've seen her in, but this is probably her