Cinematic Excellence: The Last of Sheila (1973), Directed by Herbert Ross

Watching The Last of Sheila, the 1973 film, directed Herbert Ross and written by Anthony Perkins and Stephen Sondheim, starring Richard Benjamin, Dyan Cannon, James Coburn, James Mason, Ian McShane, Joan Hackett, and Raquel Welch. Plot: On a one-week Mediterranean pleasure cruise aboard the yacht of movie producer Clinton Greene (Coburn), the guests include actress Alice Wood (Welch), Anthony Wood, her talent manager/husband (McShane), Christine, a talent agent (Cannon), screenwriter Tom Parkman (Benjamin), Lee Parkman, his wife descended from Hollywood royalty (Hackett), and film director Philip Dexter (Mason). The event is, in fact, a reunion. With the exception of Lee, all were together at Clinton’s home one year before, on the night a hit-and-run accident resulted in the death of Clinton’s wife, gossip columnist Sheila Greene.

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