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A fictional account of the real life, eleven day, never explained 1926 disappearance of famed murder mystery writer Agatha Christie is presented. On a cold winter day, her damaged car with her expensive fur coat is found abandoned at the side of a country road. While the authorities initially suspect that she could have committed suicide, her pompous husband, Col. Archibald Christie, who is less than cooperative with the authorities, is adamant that she is still alive. What he doesn't tell them is that he recently asked her for a divorce so that he could marry his secretary, Miss Nancy Neele. Although the divorce request was not a total surprise since she knew of the extramarital affair, Mrs. Christie still did not want to grant him the request since she still loves him. Concurrently, American newspaper columnist Wally Stanton was scheduled to conduct an interview with Mrs. Christie. Since he can no longer do so with her disappearance, Stanton instead tries to find out himself what ... Written by Huggo

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A fictional solution to the real mystery of Agatha Christie's disappearance.


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Dustin Hoffman agreed to make Agatha as part of a two-picture deal with First Artists, a company co-owned by Paul Newman, Barbra Streisand, Sidney Poitier and Steve McQueen. See more »

Goofs

When Agatha strikes the black ball on the pool table with the cue ball, the black ball banks off four rails and is on a path that would clearly take it to a point somewhere to the right of the lower left corner pocket and the ball comes to almost a complete stop before the cut. Yet, after the cut, the ball is shown rolling directly into the pocket. See more »

Quotes

Wally Stanton: Would you care for a kiss?
Agatha Christie: No.
Wally Stanton: Would you care for a cigarette?
Agatha Christie: No thank you.
Wally Stanton: Would you care if I told you that these clumsy attempts of humor are simply my way of telling you that I find myself very attracted to you?
Agatha Christie: I'd much rather you didn't.
Wally Stanton: Why?
Agatha Christie: Because I love my husband very much. My husband was very dear to me.
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Version of Agatha Christie: A Life in Pictures (2004) See more »

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They Didn't Believe Me
Arranged and Conducted by Howard Blake
Written by Jerome Kern (uncredited) and Dorothy Reynolds (uncredited)
Sung by Vanessa Redgrave (uncredited)
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Hoffman is a very unhappy character
1 March 2011 | by (london) – See all my reviews

At the time this film was made Dustin Hoffmans career was on a downward curve.He was at the time managed by Jarvis Astaire,who is one of the credited producers.The part as originally written was very small.However Hoffman was persuaded to take the part on the basis of it being written up.This is what happened.So that you have long stretches of the film where Hoffman is not present and then further stretches where he is ever present.The problem is that where the film should really be about the disappearance of Agatha and what is happening to her it becomes all about Hoffman trying to find her.It has to be said that when they do meet up it is rather laughable with the diminutive Hoffman overshadowed by the towering Redgrave.This really must be one of the worst films made by either actor in their distinguished careers.Not long after the film Astaire and Hoffman ended their business relationship


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