Agatha (1979)

PG  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  9 February 1979 (USA)
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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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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
Alan Badel ...
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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O Mistério de Agatha  »

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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 »


Col. Archibald Christie: Our situation is intolerable. I don't love you and you can not love me. Our marriage is finished. It's over. Agatha, listen to me. I want a divorce. I love Miss Neele and I want to marry her.
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Agatha Christie's portrayal of someone who tastes loss
2 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

The title of this English movie refers to one of the world's most famous writer, Agatha Christie, who, in 1926, left her home without warning and created a public speculation about her fate. The director, Michael Apted, gives us a great amount of solemnity, using it to balance with the most trivial of human behaviors. Dustin Hoffman is rather theatrical in his portrayal of a famous journalist that falls in love with the fragile and dependent writer and Vanessa Redgrave captures perfectly the loss and solitude of the character. And suddenly, when the movie itself was imbued in its quietness, becomes something close to a thriller, a race against time, and its cleverness never compensates the unexpected loss. But it is a beautiful film, carefully constructed and with some good dialogue. Victorio Storaro's cinematography is excellent as usual and Timothy Dalton probably gives his finest performance as a rigid and paternal husband who doesn't allow his wife to act as one. "Would you care for a kiss?", asks Agatha. I would say yes, but only to this Agatha .

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