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And Then There Were None (1945)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 31 October 1945 (USA)
Ten people are invited to an isolated island, only to find that an unseen person is killing them one by one. Could one of them be the killer?

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(as Rene Clair)

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(novel), (screenplay)
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Ten people are invited for a weekend on an island by a Mr U. N. Own, but he isn't on the island. At dinner a record is played, by that all the people are accused of murder, suddenly the first of them is dead, then the next... It seems to be that one of them is the murderer Mr. U. N. Own, but the person in suspect is always the person who is murdered next. At last only two people seem to be left. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Trivia

Emily Brent's line, "Those whom the gods would destroy..." is from the Greek dramatist Euripides. "The wicked flee . . ." is from the Book of Proverbs. See more »

Goofs

The opening credits state that the movie is "From the Novel by Agatha Christie". Strictly speaking, this is not true. The movie uses the stage play's ending, rather than the novel's. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Edward G. Armstrong: We all build islands of imagination. Represents escape. Half of my patients are sick because they're trying to escape reality.
Judge Francis J. Quinncannon: Well, and what's your answer?
Dr. Edward G. Armstrong: Oh, I tell them fairytales. I build them islands of imagined security.
Judge Francis J. Quinncannon: Don't you believe in medicine, Doctor?
Dr. Edward G. Armstrong: Do you believe in justice, Judge?
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Crazy Credits

The first line of the nursery rhyme appears onscreen - "Ten Little Indians Went Out To Dine...." - superimposed over a set of small statues of Native Americans - this is immediately followed by the film's title "And Then There Were None". See more »

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Referenced in The Golden Girls: And Then There Was One (1987) See more »

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Ten Little Indians
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Performed by Mischa Auer
Played often throughout the picture
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The Best Christie Movie
3 September 1999 | by (Morristown, NJ) – See all my reviews

No Agatha Christie story has ever been made into a better movie than this one. The movie has the altered ending from the book (which I'm told was changed by Christie for the stage version because let's face it. The book's ending would never *ever* work in a dramatized setting, film or stage) and the character of Tony Marston has become a Russian prince to accomodate the casting of Mischa Auer, but apart from that Christie's book has been flawlessly translated right down to the last detail. The look, the settings, the characters, all of it is just right. There are also some wonderfully comedic performances that veer into some delicious black comedy at times (my favorite being Louis Hayward's bemused response to Roland Young's bumbling deductions: "And then he takes the chopper and splits open his own cranium. Fact. I'd like to see you do that yourself.") About the only casting flaw is June Duprez, who is woefully bland and dull as Vera Claythorne, the lead female character.


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