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Thirteen at Dinner (1985)

TV Movie  -   -  Crime | Mystery  -  19 September 1985 (USA)
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An American movie actress, best known for playing dumb blondes, is Scotland Yard's prime suspect when her husband, Lord Edgware, is murdered. The great detective, Hercule Poirot, digs deeper into the case.

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Hercule Poirot appears on a TV talk show with actor Bryan Martin who is making an action/detective movie with Jane Wilkinson. He also meets impressionist Carlotta Adams. They all go to a party and Jane asks him and Captain Hastings to go and meet her husband, Lord Edgware in regards to a divorce. They do so, to discover that the Lord had already granted her a divorce. Jane is delighted but drops hints that she could have killed the Lord if he didn't grant her the divorce. The next day Lord Edgware is found dead and all the staff at the Lord's house swear that Jane was the one who did it but witnesses at another Lord's party swear that Jane was with them. Carlotta then dies and Poirot must investigate as Inspector Japp is determined to put Jane away... Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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Agatha Christie's Thirteen at Dinner  »

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After the scene where Faye Dunaway's character, Carlotta, is found dead in bed, Poirot is questioning actress Lesley Dunlop on where Carlotta had been the night before. On the coffee table are 2 photographs of Faye Dunaway, as Selena, her character in Supergirl, released the year before this movie. See more »

Goofs

During Poirot's speech to the gathered suspects (shortly before the 1:20:00 mark), he addresses Bryan Martin by the name "Mr. Marsh." See more »

Quotes

Inspector Japp: Poirot - buzz off like a good chap, will you? I've got bigger fish to fry.
Hercule Poirot: In a good bouillabaisse the little fish are often tastier than the big ones.
Inspector Japp: What are you talking about?
Hercule Poirot: Add poison, however, and the whole soup is polluted. Then the size of the fish are immaterial.
Inspector Japp: What's fish got to do with it?
Hercule Poirot: It was your own metaphor; I didn't bring the fish...
Inspector Japp: I didn't either!
Hercule Poirot: Stop fish then! Let's leave it out!
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Followed by Appointment with Death (1988) See more »

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Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries
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good film
22 November 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

this was a good film with Ustinov doing his first made for TV Poirot. it was not as good as death on the nile or evil under the sun but was greatly enhanced with Ustinov's presence. Jonathan Cecil gives a poor performance as hastings and the presence of American actors cheapens the value of the film. according to ustinov's biography by Jon Miller, Faye Dunaway was a pain in the neck to work with and ustinov was losing patience during filming during the night scene by the river where he is walking with hastings. the story is fairly good but outcome is predictable and the final scene in albert hall is solid. good viewing for a rainy Sunday afternoon, i also recommend dead man's folly but do not recommend murder in three acts which is Ustinov's worst outing as poirot. David Suchet plays japp and i prefer Ustinov as Poirot to suchet.

There is a goof in the last scene in the albert hall where poirot refers to sir montague as "Lord Montague" which is a mistake, it should be sir Montague.


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