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Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: The Moving Finger (1985)

TV Movie  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  21 February 1985 (UK)
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The residents of a quiet English village begin to receive nasty, threatening letters. The wife of the local vicar calls in her friend Miss Marple to investigate.

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Joan Hickson ...
Michael Culver ...
Elizabeth Counsell ...
Deborah Appleby ...
Lucy Gleeson ...
Robert Symmington
Stuart Mansfield ...
James Symmington
Andrew Bicknell ...
Sabina Franklyn ...
Richard Pearson ...
Hilary Mason ...
Dilys Hamlett ...
John Arnatt ...
Sandra Payne ...
Martin Fisk ...
Penelope Lee ...
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Her old friend Maude Calthrop, wife of the village vicar, summons Miss Marple when several of the local residents receive a poison pen letter. All of the recipients thus far are men and all are accused of some act of moral turpitude. When the local solicitor's wife, Angela Symington, is found dead with a poison pen letter at her side, the coroner rules that she took her own life. Not surprisingly, Jane Marple disagrees and is convinced it was murder. When a second villager is killed, it appears Miss Marple is correct. She also deduces the real purpose of the letters. Written by garykmcd

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(still photographs: of Gerry Burton's and Megan Hunter's trip to London)|

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This movie, based on a novel by Agatha Christie, was directed by Roy Boulting. His brother Peter Cotes (born Sydney Boulting) directed the original production of Christie's famous play "The Mousetrap" in 1952. See more »

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After Mr. Pye pours out sherry for his guests, the carafe is seen to be almost empty. On refilling their glasses a short while later the carafe appears half full. See more »

Quotes

Miss Jane Marple: Oh, forgive me, Superintendent, but I hope you don't wa... how should I put it?... find me irratating.
Superintendent Nash: [In a condescendingly emphatic tone] Dismiss the thought, Miss Marple!
Miss Jane Marple: Oh, good. I'm so glad. Thank you... yes.
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Minor Marple Mystery
5 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

Not one of the best entries in the Joan Hickson - Miss Marple series. For one thing, the story is not one of Agatha Christie's strongest; I admit that the identity of the killer caught me by surprise, but in retrospect that happened because the script makes his/her motive almost completely obscure. For another thing, with the exception of 1 or 2 well-done atmospheric scenes (like the discovery of the second body), the film flirts dangerously with dullness. And for yet another thing, although the cast is adequate (it's surprising that Deborah Appleby's career went nowhere after this, because she is indeed - as her character is described by someone else - "a breath of fresh air"), nobody really creates a character as memorable as, say, Selina Cadell's Miss Dove in "A Pocketfull Of Rye". OK for one viewing. (**1/2)


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