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Release Date:
5 November 1983 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Anthony Andrews ... Tony Browne

Deborah Raffin ... Iris Murdoch

Pamela Bellwood ... Ruth Lessing

Nancy Marchand ... Lucilla Drake

Josef Sommer ... George Barton
David Huffman ... Stephan Farraday
Christine Belford ... Rosemary Barton

June Chadwick ... Sandra Farraday

Barrie Ingham ... Eric Kidderminster

Harry Morgan ... Captain Kemp
Anne Rogers ... Viola Kidderminster

Michael Woods ... Victor Drake

Shera Danese ... Christine Shannon

Ismael 'East' Carlo ... Medical Examiner (as Ismael Carlo)
Linda Hoy ... Boat Manager
Abby Haman ... Cabaret Singer

Juan Fernández ... Bus Boy (as Juan Fernandez)
Eric Sinclair ... Charles

Directed by
Robert Michael Lewis  (as Robert Lewis)
Writing credits
Agatha Christie (novel)

Robert M. Young (teleplay) (as Robert Malcolm Young) and
Sue Grafton (teleplay) &
Steve Humphrey (teleplay) (as Steven Humphrey)

Produced by
Stan Margulies .... producer
Original Music by
James Di Pasquale 
Cinematography by
Ted Voigtlander (director of photography) (as Ted Voigtländer)
Film Editing by
David Saxon 
Casting by
Phyllis Huffman 
Art Direction by
Robert MacKichan 
Set Decoration by
Jerry Adams 
Makeup Department
Sharleen Rassi .... hairstylist
Fred Williams .... makeup artist (as Fred L. Williams)
Production Management
Dean O'Brien .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michele Ader .... first assistant director
John Eyler .... second assistant director (as John J. Eyler)
Art Department
Arthur A. Hanson .... assistant property master
Sam Loreno Sr. .... property master (as Sam Loreno)
Sound Department
Josef von Stroheim .... sound effects editor (as Joe Von Stroheim)
Richard Wagner .... production sound
Casting Department
Phyllis Huffman .... casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tom Dawson .... costumes: men
Donna Roberts .... costumes: women
Editorial Department
Mark S. Westmore .... associate film editor (as Mark Westmore)
Music Department
Jay Alfred Smith .... music editor
Other crew
Anne Warner .... script supervisor
Janette M. Webb .... producer's assistant

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USA:100 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
South Korea:12 (2006) | UK:PG | UK:PG (video rating) (1996) | USA:Not Rated (video rating)

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Who thinks he's Hercule Poirot, 20 November 2014
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

I saw some criticisms over at YouTube from Agatha Christie purists who resented the American location of this made for television film. I also believe that Christie novels should always be in their original settings, but this was an all right production. And Anthony Andrews as the lead sleuth in Sparkling Cyanide is as English as you can get.

Andrews is hobnobbing with the rich and somewhat famous and strikes up an acquaintance with Deborah Raffin who is visiting her sister Christine Belford who is currently married to Josef Sommer, but deep in an affair with the married David Huffman. I've already given a few reasons for a murder and others come out during the investigation by LAPD homicide detective Harry Morgan.

Belford is victim number one as she drinks some champagne laced with cyanide at a dinner party. Later on Sommer who thinks he's Hercule Poirot gathers all the suspects together at a duplication of the same dinner party and he gets the cyanide champagne as well.

A matter as simple as the seating arrangements provides the solution.

I'm sure the original English version is better, but this certainly will do for less fussy Christie fans.

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