A psychological thriller based on the novel by Agatha Christie. Ten strangers are forced to come face to face with their dark pasts after receiving invitation to an isolated island off the coast of England.
Up to a house high on a mountain top have been invited ten people who are strangers to each other. When they are all gathered, they hear from their host that each one of them has in someway caused the death of an innocent person and that justice had not be served in their cases. There are eight guests and two servants there for the weekend, but one by one, they are being knocked off according to the poem of "Ten Little Indians". As the number of survivors decreases, they begin to believe that the killer is one of the group, but are unable to decide on which one he or she may be. Written by
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Producer Harry Alan Towers was unable to film in the UK due to am outstanding arrest warrant, and so made this on Ireland. To save costs, he eschewed using Ardmore Studios and leased a rundown mansion , Kenure House, in Rush , Co Dublin, as his base. See more »
When Shirley Eaton's character slowly dresses for dinner, her underwear is white. After an evening of terror, when she slowly undresses for bed, the underwear is black. See more »
Also known as "And Then There Were None" and other titles, this Agatha Christie murder mystery centers around one of the most clever, if not the most clever, plots of any of her many works. In typical Agatha Christie style, the story twists and turns in unexpected directions, and you either give up trying to identify who the murderer is, or you are surprised that the murderer is someone whom you least expected. It's then fun to go back and see how you missed the subtle clues pointing to the real murderer.
The 1966 movie version is often compared unfavorably to the original, 1945, movie version. Frankly, I prefer the 1966 movie, which is more contemporary in style, and the actor's accents are easier to understand.
"Ten Little Indians" takes place in a castle on a mountaintop in winter. The "castle" has an echo which when combined with the cold and lonely atmosphere, and sometimes sinister lighting, makes for a creepy setting. Thankfully, the movie was shot in black and white.
The acting is quite good, for the most part. But the main reason to see this movie is because of the unique plot puzzle.
The cinema has made many other Agatha Christie movies, two of the best being "Witness For The Prosecution" (1957), and "Murder On The Orient Express" (1974). But none can compare, in my opinion, with the clever plot of "Ten Little Indians".
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