Clue – An Underrated Movie

Everyone has a list of movies that they consider to be underrated by critics and fans.  I could go on and on about underrated movies, but today I want to discuss the 1985 comedy “Clue.”  It is amazing.

The movie, released in 1985, brought in a whopping 14 million at the box office.  That is downright pathetic considering the popularity of the Parker Brother’s board game and the all-star cast, including Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Martin Mull, Lesley Ann Warren, and Michael McKean.  The movie has an enduring appeal that has helped find it a cult following on video.  I thought it was hilarious the first time I saw it and still love the film. 

Below are some of my favorite lines from the movie along with my commentary.  Click the “listen” button to hear the audio from the movie.  Funny stuff my friends.

**This first exchange is between Col. Mustard and Wadsworth (the butler) after a series of murders has happened.  Col. Mustard decides the best thing to do is to split up and search the house.  First, though, he wants to make sure no one else is in the house.  When I first saw the movie, I laughed so hard at this dialogue that I missed the next few minutes of the film.  I was crying – especially at Col. Mustard’s emphatic “No meaning yes?!”**

Col. Mustard:  “Wadsworth, am I right in thinking there is nobody else in this house?”
Wadsworth:  “um, no”
Col. Mustard:  “Then there is someone else in this house”
Wadsworth:  “No, sorry, I said no meaning yes.”
Col. Mustard:  “No meaning yes?!  Look, I want a straight answer, is there someone else or isn’t there, yes or no?”
Wadsworth:  “No”
Col. Mustard:  “No there is or no there isn’t”
Wadsworth:  “Yes”
Mrs. White:  “PLEASE!”

**This next conversation is a follow up to the previous.  After some intermittent talking, Col. Mustard and Wadsworth return to the issue of whether or not someone else is in the house.  The best part of this exchange is when Col. Mustard says, “well there is still some confusion as to whether or not there is anybody else in this house.”  It’s funny how things stick with you and become part of your “language.”  I use the phrase, “well there is still some confusion” with the same inflection of Col. Mustard all the time, I just change the ending to fit my circumstance.** 

Col. Mustard:  “Well, there is still some confusion as to whether or not there is anybody else in this house.”
Wadsworth:  “I told you there isn’t”
Col. Mustard:  “There isn’t any confusion or there isn’t anybody else?”
Wadsworth:  “Either.  Or both.”
Col. Mustard:  “Just give me a clear answer!”
Wadsworth:  “Certainly.  What was the question?”
Col. Mustard:  “Is there anybody else in the house?”
Everyone:  “NO”

**Next is a just a great, quick battle cry!  I am trying to find a use for this sound byte on my computer, like when I empty the recycle bin or something.  If you have any ideas of where this might work, let me know.**

Col. Mustard:  “This is War, Peacock!!”

**Finally, the last clip comes from the end of the movie.  There were actually three endings to Clue, a concept that didn’t work very well at the theater.  Anyway, in this particular ending, Mrs. Peacock is the murderer and here are the final lines.  Mr. Green, who plays a complete idiot during the film, comes through with a great line here.**

Wadsworth:  “You see, just like the Mounties, we always get our man.”
Mr. Green:  “Mrs. Peacock was a man??”
(he gets slapped twice)

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5 Replies to “Clue – An Underrated Movie”

  1. One of my all time favorite movies too. Andy and I watched part of it not to long ago. I am proud to say I own the DVD. I like the line “I’ve been shot, I’ve been shot” by Col Mustard.

  2. I’m glad someone seems to agree that this movie is amazing!

    I do have one question though.
    I was wondering if you had the rest of the “This is War Peacock” clip.
    For those of you who don’t know how it goes…

    Col. Mustard: This is War, Peacock! You cannot make an omelette without breaking eggs; Every cook will tell you that!


    Thank you very much for putting these up! 🙂

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