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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 »

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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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Version of Agatha Christie: A Life in Pictures (2004) See more »

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OK speculative film about Christie's "disappearance"
12 January 2006 | by (Houston) – See all my reviews

This film is about the "disappearance" of Agatha Christie in 1926. It matches what is known about this episode pretty well. What happened was that Mrs. Christie's husband was having an affair, and making little effort to hide it. Her car was found abandoned near a lake, with her ID and other possessions strewn about. She checked into a health spa under the surname of her husband's mistress for about eleven days. There was a big uproar in the press, and some of the spa's other guests noticed the likeness to Christie of the stranger there but she just laughed it off. When she returned she claimed amnesia, but no one believed that. She never spoke of the episode again, and it is not mentioned in her autobiography. (There is no evidence that her husband's mistress was at that spa.) At least the film says up-front that the story told is "speculation". In these times of historical fabrications by the likes of Oliver Stone and Steven Spielberg, that is a bit refreshing. Having said all that, this is an OK film. Vanessa Redgrave does her usual top-notch acting. It was fun seeing Dustin Hoffman Hitting on her, and dancing with her, him being at least six inches shorter.


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