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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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Agatha ran over budget and over schedule, and eventually, the project was taken out of Dustin Hoffman's control. There were lawsuits and delays in post production. Eventually, director Michael Apted managed to calm the waters enough to convince Hoffman to complete the picture. See more »

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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 »

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Kenward: Well, in the past, Sir, there have been rumors in the past that Mrs Christie threatened to kill herself.
Kenward: Utter rubbish. Servants' gossip.
Col. Archibald Christie: I dare say you know that my wife is a well known writer of murder mysteries. Poison, intrigue, murder and suicides. It's everyday family small talk.
Kenward: I see Sir. So you have absolutely no idea what might have happened to her?
Col. Archibald Christie: I am sure that nothing at all has happened to her. But I would strongly urge you, in your own interest, to call all this off.
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Yes Sir That's My Baby
Arranged and Conducted by Howard Blake
Music by Walter Donaldson (uncredited)
Lyrics by Gus Kahn (uncredited)
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Agatha
18 November 1999 | by (Budapest, Hungary) – See all my reviews

In 1926, when her marriage with a stiff colonel has run down, Agatha Christie mysteriously vanishes. In the middle of both police and public investigation after the famous writer, an American journalist finds her in a Harrogate spa-hotel where, under a pseudonym, she prepares an elaborate revenge against her husband's lover.

Straightly fictitious solution to a famous and still unsolved real-life disappearance, with more attention to gleaming period detail and chillingly murky atmosphere than to suspense or credibility, while Redgrave's finely sensible portrait is downed by the somewhat strained and out-of-place casting of Hoffman as love interest. Eventually, this glossily romantic thriller has its own fascinations and is always well worth looking at, but the mystery is simply not as startling or revealing as one would expect from the Grande Dame of whodunit.


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