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Puffy Treat
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Whoa. Deja vu!
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As much as I am completely intrigued, this is absolutely a film that did not need to be remade. And especially not in a creepy state-of-the-art high tech house vs. the original's charmingly dark and spooky English manor.

That being said, I adore Michael Caine and i think him getting to play the Olivier role is awesome.

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What a twist.

Caine takes on the Olivier role? I'm halfway intrigued but I am not sure if this needed a remake.

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I'd never seen the original -- just checked it out on IMDB and thought I'd share w/ those who are also unfamiliar with it that Michael Caine played the role of the younger antagonist in the 1972 film. I'll be adding that to my Netflix queue.
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Was this also a play? I have vague memories of seeing it in high school...
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Michael Caine also starred with Christopher Reeves in a knockoff of Sleuth with the same basic plot called "Deathtrap" in 1982. Directed by Sidney Lumet. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083806/
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Okay, so that's why the plot sounded so familiar--I have seen Deathtrap. So I guess that adds to Leonide's comment about this film not needing to be made!
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Mig, Deathtrap was based on a stage play by Ira Levin...which was a knockoff of the Sleuth stage play. So it was a third generation knock-off.

Liz B: Yes, it was originally a stage play.

Which brings up a question for the "remakes aren't needed" crowd: Wasn't the 1972 film then an "pointless remake" of the original play? [Smile]

In fact, hasn't the play been staged many times since then, with different casts?

Evil remakers! [Wink]

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I found it pretty ironic that Jude Law is playing against him. It's like the Alfie on Alfie smackdown!

I'm also somewhat encouraged to see that Branaugh is directing. I hope it's better than the Italian Job and Ocean's 11, which both were idiotic compared with their forebears.

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