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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 ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Wally Stanton
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Col. Archibald Christie
Helen Morse ...
Evelyn Crawley
Celia Gregory ...
Nancy Neele
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John Foster
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Charlotte Fisher
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Kenward
Tony Britton ...
William Collins
Alan Badel ...
Lord Brackenbury
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Pettelson
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Uncle Jones
Yvonne Gilan ...
Mrs. Braithwaite
Sandra Voe ...
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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 was depressed during much of the films shoot. He has since stated that he was ready to quit film acting and return to the stage - but a meeting with 'Stanley Jaffe' and 'Robert Benton' at his London hotel changed his mind and resulted him in accepting the role in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979). See more »

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

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Close Enough for Love
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Sung by Pattie Brooks
Lyrics by Paul Williams
Music by Johnny Mandel
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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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