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Peter Yeldham (screenplay) and
Harry Alan Towers (screenplay)
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Release Date:
June 1965 (UK) See more »
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WE DARE YOU TO GUESS! See more »
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Agatha Christie tale of 10 people invited to an isolated place only to find that an unseen person is killing them one by one. One of them? Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Hugh O'Brian ... Hugh Lombard

Shirley Eaton ... Ann Clyde

Fabian ... Mike Raven

Leo Genn ... General Mandrake

Stanley Holloway ... William Blore

Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Judge Cannon (as Wilfrid Hyde White)

Daliah Lavi ... Ilona Bergen

Dennis Price ... Dr. Armstrong
Marianne Hoppe ... Frau Grohmann
Mario Adorf ... Herr Grohmann
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Mitchell ... Narrator (voice)

Christopher Lee ... Mr. U. N. Owen (voice) (uncredited)
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Directed by
George Pollock 
 
Writing credits
Peter Yeldham (screenplay) and
Harry Alan Towers (screenplay) (as Peter Welbeck)

Agatha Christie  novel (uncredited)

Produced by
Harry M. Popkin .... producer: in association with
Harry Alan Towers .... producer
Oliver A. Unger .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Malcolm Lockyer 
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Steward (cameraman)
 
Film Editing by
Peter Boita 
 
Art Direction by
Frank White 
 
Makeup Department
Anne Box .... hairdresser (as Ann Box)
Gerry Fletcher .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
John Comfort .... production manager
Frank White .... unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Barrie Melrose .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
John Brommage .... sound mixer
Ken Cameron .... sound mixer
Peter Keen .... sound editor
 
Stunts
Larry Taylor .... stunt double: Mario Adorf (uncredited)
Terry Yorke .... stunt double: Hugh O'Brian (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Bawden .... camera operator (as Jimmy Bawden)
H.A.R. Thomson .... second unit cameraman (as Bob Thomson)
Michael Browne .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John McCorry .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Malcolm Lockyer .... conductor
 
Other crew
Phyllis Townshend .... continuity
 
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Also Known As:
"Ten Little Indians" - UK (original title)
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Runtime:
91 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Portugal:M/12 | UK:12 (video rating) (2008) (2010) | UK:A (1965) (cut) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
All movie versions of "Ten Little Indians" are based on the stage play by Agatha Christie and not the novel. While the identity of the murderer is the same in each version, who survives the murderer's plot is different.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The falling cablecar is clearly empty, when it should contain a body.See more »
Quotes:
Ilona Bergen:How utterly marvelous! You all came to a house party without knowing your host!
Hugh Lombard:Well, what about you, Miss Bergen?
Ilona Bergen:Darling, it happens to me all the time!
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Agatha Christie's Brilliant Story, 17 January 2011
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

Based on what is probably the most ingenious whodunit premise ever created, this film animates the classic Christie story, and does so at least as well as its forerunner, "And Then There Were None" (1945).

Set in a remote castle at the top of a mountain on a cold, snowy weekend, "Ten Little Indians" tells the story of ten guests invited to this place of isolation by their unknown host, Mr. Owen. As one person dies, and then another, and with no chance of escape, the remaining guests get caught up in a game of suspicion and paranoia, as they attempt to solve the basic riddle and save their own lives. At dinner, one character asks frantically: "Are we going to sit around trying to guess who is Mr. Owen while we're murdered one by one?"

Pacing is perfect. Dialogue is mesmerizing. In one scene, two characters face each other in big wing chairs in a dark room with shadows, enhanced by a fire in the fireplace. One character blurts out: "Cold." The second character responds: "Yes cold, quite cold." The first character then adds: "Lonely." The second agrees: "And lonely; quite, quite lonely." The exchange thus continues: "It might not be Grohmann." "It might not be." "Then who?" "Tell me doctor, do you lock your door at night?" "Invariably; do you?" "I think I will tonight."

The ensemble cast is quite good. Overall acting is memorable, if not quite award worthy. The film's score enhances the cold, snowy setting. Stark, B&W lighting, combined with a pronounced echo in the large rooms, contribute to a tone that could best be described as ... creepy.

One can nit-pick this film all day. But no amount of nitpicking can deny the brilliance of Christies's underlying story premise, borrowed by innumerable films and television series through the years, including the TV reality show "The Mole". For viewers who appreciate whodunit films, "Ten Little Indians" is hard to beat.

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