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Whodunit? Do you have a clue who did what, where, and how? Based upon the popular Parker Brothers board game Clue and brought to you by the productions of Paramount Pictures, this movie has "drop dead" hilarity all through it. Was it Professor Plumb with the revolver in the library? Maybe how about Mr. Green with the lead pipe in the kitchen? In this 1985 comedy involving six unknowingly blackmailed guests, a butler, and their mysterious host, try to survive in a mansion full of possibilities and surprises. A web of lies, ties, secrets, and conspiracy throughout the whole movie will keep you laughing on the edge of your seat.

The six guests, whom are all tied in with the government by either living in Washington D.C. or working for it, are invited by their strange host for a dinner and an evening they will never forget. The letter each of the guests received was their challenge to solve a "long standing confidential and painful liability" and an occasion to obligate murder.

As the unsuspectingly suspects arrive, Colonel Mustard (Martin Mull) is the first who is somewhat dumb and oblivious to everything that goes on is followed by Mrs. White (Madeline Kahn) a rather quiet person and has a stringent personality to her presence at the house. Mrs. Peacock (Eileen Brennan) the loud obnoxious type doesn't seem to do much else, but talk, Mr. Green (Michael McKean) has a knack for being accident prone and clumsy, Mrs. Scarlet (Lesley Ann Warren) is always retorting with some sort of a sarcastic remark, and Professor Plumb (Christopher Lloyd) is too blunt to be anything else. All waiting for them at the terrifying mansion is Wadsworth (Tim Curry), who is the witty English butler whom attends to all the guests' needs, and Yvette (Colleen Camp), the maid. Do these personas sound like typical murderers? As the anticipation increases of why they are all there, and being seated for dinner and they commence to try to find out why they have been brought together on such a hasty manner, and why they are not allowed to use their real names or tell what they really do in life. They are all different in their own way, but they all have one thing in common, blackmail by exposure. The evening takes a twist for the weird and worst after their strange host arrives. Mr. Boddy (Lee Ving) brings each of the guests a gift, but not your casual present. Every attendee receives a lethal weapon capable of killing: a knife, a lead pipe, a revolver, a candlestick, a rope, and a wrench. Questions start flying and the heat rises when the first murder is committed. Nerves start racking when the body count start intensifying with all possibilities open and time running out. No one knows who it is; there is no one to trust in such a predicament! Confusion and suspense intrigues the company with the addition of slapstick humor and silly antics keep this entertaining story moving. To top it all off, with numerous homicides arising to the seven people with the police are about to arrive any minute, Wadsworth comes through in a clinch and knows who or whom has committed the crimes and how. Taking the guests through the list of events from the beginning of the evening, one by one (real fast), out of the six guests one has done the felony. To make a long story short ("Too Late!"), do you know whodunit?