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Murder by Death (1976)



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Neil Simon's comic tribute to detective films begins when a reclusive millionaire invites a number of famed detectives, each a parody of a famous literary sleuth, to dinner. Naturally, a series of murders soon begins, and the humorous race to be the first to solve the mystery is on.

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Peter Falk
as Sam Diamond
Eileen Brennan
as Tess Skeffington
David Niven
as Dick Charleston
Maggie Smith
as Dora Charleston
Alec Guinness
as Bensonmum
Truman Capote
as Lionel Twain
James Coco
as Insp. Milo Perrier
Peter Sellers
as Insp. Sidney Wang
Elsa Lanchester
as Miss Jessica Marbles
Nancy Walker
as Yetta the Maid
Estelle Winwood
as Miss Withers
James Cromwell
as Marcel the chauffeur
Richard Narita
as Willie Wang
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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (5)

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.

October 3, 2007 | Full Review…

Stunningly unfunny.

October 3, 2007

Director Moore and writer Neil Simon seem to have no real affection for either the characters they plunder mercilessly for laughs, or the locked room puzzle they turn on its head. Introductions over, the film slides downhill.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

As light and insubstantial as one could wish.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

It's worth seeing for some delicious character acting by major stars and, especially, for the gay sub-theme winding through it.

May 26, 2020 | Full Review…

The fault lies solely with Neil Simon's inadequate.

October 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Murder by Death

With the obvious exception of Truman Capote (who is terrible as an actor), this is a hilarious spoof of detective stories that relies on an astonishing collection of high-class thespians and has an impressive amount of great jokes, even if some of them do miss the mark here and there.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


If you know the historical touchstones from early 20th century crime fiction, this is a fantasticly funny film. Any how can you not LOVE Truman Capote?! Q: How do you stay looking so young? Answer: "A pure vegitable diet, 10 hours of sleep at night, and LOTS and LOTS of makeup."

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

Really really enjoyable. Perfect Sunday afternoon faire. And Maggie Smith is smokin hot. Oh Minerva McGonagall!

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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