The Last of Sheila DVD

The Last of Sheila DVD

Recommended by Ken Jennings: "he Last of Sheila, a little-known 1973 puzzle-whodunit written by none other than Stephen Sondheim. Sondheim was and is a game and puzzle nut, a guy who once published his own collection of British-style “cryptic” crosswords and use to host elaborate murder mystery weekends with his friend Anthony Perkins. Perkins and Sondheim collaborated on the script to this amazingly intricate whodunit featuring a quintessential seventies cast (James Coburn, Dyan Cannon, Richard Benjamin, Raquel Welch, etc.). I saw this last week and it just knocked me on my ass. I’ve seen plenty of movies from this 70s fad for convoluted murder puzzles (Deathtrap, Sleuth, all those mediocre Agatha Christie movies starring down-on-their-luck “international” casts in alphabetical order) and Sheila, with its literally dozens of clues and puzzles hiding in plain sight, makes them all look like Encyclopedia Brown mysteries. "