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Sparkling Cyanide (1983)

Not Rated | | Mystery, Thriller | TV Movie 5 November 1983
Rosemary Barton, the beautiful wife of a top attorney, dies during their anniversary party at an exclusive restaurant. Later a suicide note is found along with traces of cyanide in her drink, but murder cannot be ruled out.

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(as Robert Lewis)

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(novel), (teleplay) (as Robert Malcolm Young) | 2 more credits »
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Christine Shannon
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A socialite while having dinner with her husband, her sister, her aunt, a friend of her sister and her husband, her husband's assistant and an English reporter, dies. It is later learned that she died from ingesting cyanide, Initially it is believed she may have given it to herself because she's having emotional problems. But her husband gets a note saying she was murdered so he tries to prove it and part of his plan to bring out the people who were there when his wife died. He gives a toast then everybody gets up to dance or do something. When they return, he takes a drink of champagne and drops dead. So they wonder how the cyanide got into his glass. Her sister who has taken a liking to the reporter learns he is actually an investigator. And he works with the police to find the killer. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Mystery | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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5 November 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Agatha Christie's Sparkling Cyanide  »

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Goofs

In the water-skiing scene, in close-up shots Iris' hands are holding the bar with both palms facing downwards on the bar. In the long-shots, the left hand is palm facing downwards, but the right hand is palm facing upwards. See more »


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I Get a Kick Out of You
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Performed by Abby Haman
Written by Cole Porter
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Christie in the '80s?
7 August 2000 | by (Albuquerque, New Mexico) – See all my reviews

This was fun to watch, mainly because of people like Anthony Andrews whom I feel I don't see enough at best. I think it would have been far more entertaining and taken more seriously, had it not been billed as "Agatha Christie". One look at the scenery, sets, and costumes tells us that it was not set in Christie's originally-intended places nor at the times she knew. When movie-makers start toying with the author's intent, the result is questionable and sometimes disastrous. Because the cast was good, this one was not disastrous, but definitely questionable; if we tune in for a good old-fashioned Christie, we'll be disappointed because this clearly isn't it! If we view it just on its own, and don't think of it as Christie, we'll have a better chance of enjoying it on its own merit. I think it's worth a couple of hours of viewing, but I'd also recommend reading the book and trying to find a version that's truer to the original.


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