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Tayna chyornykh drozdov (1983)

| Crime, Mystery
Mr. Fortescue, owner of a big company, unexpectedly dies. The autopsy shows that he has been poisoned. Nobody actually loved him, and even his family members had their reasons to kill him. ... See full summary »

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Ita Ever ...
Vladimir Sedov ...
Vsevolod Sanaev ...
George Fortescue
Lyubov Polishchuk ...
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Persival Forteskyu (as Yuriy Belyaev)
Elena Sanaeva ...
Jennifer Fortescue
Andrey Kharitonov ...
Natalya Danilova ...
Yelena Ivochkina ...
Elza Radzina ...
Aleksandr Pyatkov ...
Alla Chernova ...
Mary Dow
Irina Mazurkevich ...
Boris Novikov ...
Tamara Nosova ...
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Mr. Fortescue, owner of a big company, unexpectedly dies. The autopsy shows that he has been poisoned. Nobody actually loved him, and even his family members had their reasons to kill him. But who really did it ? And who is responsable for killing his young servant and his wife within the next couple of days ? Of course the only person who can answer this question is Ms. Marple. And of course, the murderer is the person you least expected it to be. Written by Boris Shafir

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The Secret of the Blackbirds or the Murders in Yewtree Lodge
29 March 2007 | by (Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

Last night, thanks to my friend who sent me the tape, I rewatched "Tayna Choyrnych Drozdov" or "The Secret of the Blackbirds" (1983), the Soviet adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel "A Pocketful of Rye". As usually, in Christie's novel, a rich and arrogant man, the owner of a successful company suddenly dies of unnatural cause, in this case, he was poisoned. Any member of his big dysfunctional family could be responsible for his death and everyone knows more than they would admit. Mr. Fortescue's death was just the beginning of the nightmare. Within next couple of days, his young maid Gladys is strangled and his pretty trophy wife Adele is shot to death in her bedroom. What is that? The gang of killers targeting Fortesque's household or just one devilishly clever murderer with the mysterious plan? Inspector Neel of Scotland Yard begins investigation and reluctantly agrees that old lady Miss Marlpe who arrived to Fortescue's country manor, Yewtree Lodge, for Gladys' funeral may actually help him to identify and arrest the murderer. It was nice to rewatch the movie that I remember fondly. It was especially interesting to see it from the "other side" - first time I saw in Moscow, 1983 when it was released and it was one of the rare opportunities to see "the other life" in the movie. I should give it to Vadim Derbenyov, the director - he had included a lot of real footage of London, its streets, land marks, famous double-deckers, and even the views of the cinema with the posters of the movies that were shown back in the beginning of 80s, "Sophie's choice" and "An Officer and a Gentleman". He even bowed to Dame Agatha by including the poster of her record breaking play "Mousetrap" which has been playing in London's West End, in St. Martin Theater for over 50 years now. As for the movie itself, it was fun - some actors were good, some looked a little out of place as Englishmen. Andrei Kharitonov as Lancelot Fortescue, the estranged younger son of the deceased, was marvelous. Ita Ever as Miss Marple was effective but strangely miscast because she looked too young and pretty for Christie's insightful, sharp but deceivingly grandmotherly character. Actually, the weakest part of the movie was the plot - everything was so obvious from the beginning which is not usually the case for Christie and the charming villain had made too many unforgiving mistakes but I liked the movie anyway and had a good time.


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