Are you fan of cult classics? And classic board games?! So are we. So much so that Loot Crate DX this January has an EXCLUSIVE from the movie Clue in it! Not familiar, or maybe you’re pretty familiar? Well, here’s some trivia to get up to speed, if you need:
1. 1985’s Clue is actually the first movie based on a board game. With that in mind, we look forward to Monopoly in theaters soon. No, seriously. That’s happening.
2. Professor Plum says during dinner that he works for the World Health Organization in conjunction with the United Nations Organization. This seems pretty shrug-worthy until you realize that’s literally UNO WHO.
3. The actor who plays Mr. Boddy is Lee Ving. Chosen for this role simply to use the line “Mr. Boddy is Lee Ving soon.” and pretty much just that. Man, casting directors back then had one heck of a job. (Note: The fact that he was the lead singer of the seminal punk rock band Fear probably hit home with some of the crew, no?)
4. In the UK (and various other countries) this game is called ‘Cluedo’ instead of ‘Clue’. Cluedo is a portmanteau of ‘Clue’ and ‘ludo’ which is Latin for ‘I play’ and that is pretty clever!
5. Each murder weapon given to characters in the movie, early on, is a piece that can be found in the board game version as well. Most of them play into the plot of the film, too. (The revolver gag, anyone? “One Plus Two Plus Two Plus One..”)
6. This film has three endings and when the movie was sent to theaters on its first run, newspapers would list the ending that was screening. (Example: This Screening Features Ending “A”, or “B” or “C”.) Once it was released on VHS and subsequent home video releases, all endings would be included.
7. Each character’s car is colored to be the same color as their respective pieces on the board game. Look closely, because it’s hard to catch all of them! (Mr. Green’s car barely gets featured at all.)
8. Carrie Fisher was originally to be cast in the film as Miss Scarlett, but due to an extended medical leave, she wasn’t able to participate in the shoot. Lesley Ann Warren took her place.
9. Every door on the set was mapped out to lead to the exact place on the board that it would lead into from the original game. This took additional care to work on editing and set design, but was ultimately worth it for fans of the game! (Including those secret passageways…. Conservatory to the Lounge, right?!)
10. Michael McKean, who played Mr. Green, was fond of the billiard table on-set and was always found there when not filming his particular lines.