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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wally Stanton
Helen Morse ...
Evelyn Crawley
Celia Gregory ...
Nancy Neele
John Foster
Carolyn Pickles ...
Charlotte Fisher
Tony Britton ...
William Collins
Lord Brackenbury
Robert Longden ...
Donald Nithsdale ...
Uncle Jones
Yvonne Gilan ...
Mrs. Braithwaite
Sandra Voe ...
Barry Hart ...
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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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9 February 1979 (USA)  »

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O Mistério de Agatha  »

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Julie Christie was originally cast as Evelyn Crawley, but due to a roller-skating injury she was forced to bow out. See more »


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 »


John Foster: Why don't you charge the Colonel with obstructing the police?
Kenward: Yes, I might. On the other hand, it could be just the natural behavior of an arrogant overbearing high-ranking sod. Keep that off the record, by the way.
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My Wonderful One
Arranged and Conducted by Howard Blake
Music by Ferde Grofé Sr. (uncredited), Paul Whiteman (uncredited), Marshall Neilan (uncredited)
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A lovely, cunning, brilliantly acted mystery/romance
1 March 2011 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Wonderfully clever, and extremely well acted by Dustin Hoffman, Vanessa Redgrave.

It's the imaginary tale of what happened during a real-life never explained 11 day disappearance of mystery writer Agatha Christie. Hoffman and Redgrave make a wonderful, quirky pair of almost lovers.

Fun, smart, and quite touching, with gorgeous photography by Vittorio Stoaro.

Finally available on DVD as part of the WB made to order line. So it's pricey, with no extras, and burned to DVD-R, so it may likely last less long than a regular DVD. Still, it's a terrific film, well worth picking up.

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