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Thirteen at Dinner (1985)

Not Rated | | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | TV Movie 19 October 1985
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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Jane Wilkinson / Carlotta Adams
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Jonathan Cecil ...
Captain Arthur Hastings
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Ronald Marsh
Diane Keen ...
Jenny Driver
John Stride ...
Film Director
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Donald Ross
Lee Horsley ...
Bryan Martin
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Sir Montague Corner
Glyn Baker ...
Lord Edgware's Butler
John Barron ...
Lord Edgware
Peter Clapham ...
Mr. Wildburn
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Alice Bennett
Avril Elgar ...
Miss Carroll
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Storyline

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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19 October 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Agatha Christie's Thirteen at Dinner  »

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Trivia

Appearing here as Inspector Japp, David Suchet later played Hercule Poirot in the TV series Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989) and subsequent TV specials, including Agatha Christie's Poirot: Lord Edgware Dies (2000), another version of this story. 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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Connections

Version of Lord Edgware Dies (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries
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Composed by Richard Wagner
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Exciting and marvelous
30 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

I absolutely loved the movie! It's my second favorite adaptation of Poirot novels (after Death on the Nile). The actors are brilliant, especially Peter Ustinov and Faye Dunaway. The changes made to the novel plot were minor, and they didn't spoil the movie. The intrigue is just as thrilling as it was in the book.

I liked the characters being practically the same as in the novel. None of the major ones was omitted, and everyone almost always looked and behaved just as Dame Agatha Christie had portrayed them.

Only one thing annoyed me a little: the plot was modernized. I don't like it, because it usually changes the atmosphere of the movie. But here I rarely noticed it (except for the very beginning of the film), so it's not a big defect.

So, I give the movie 10 stars out of 10.


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