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Dead Man's Folly (1986)

TV Movie  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Drama  |  8 January 1986 (USA)
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During a murder hunt game at a country house, to which Hercule Poirot is invited as an "expert", a real murder occurs.



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Agatha Christie's Dead Man's Folly  »

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There is a reference to another Agatha Christie Poirot case: Detective Inspector Bland tells the Belgian he "was present when you solved the ABC Murders" fifteen years earlier. See more »


The title of Ariadne Oliver's latest novel, "Hatchets Blood and a Parakeet", is - dependent on how you read it - incorrect in either grammar or punctuation, something which would be picked up at the proof-reading editorial stage by her publishers. See more »


Hercule Poirot: There is a considerable difference between military intelligence and... normal intelligence.
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Referenced in Lukas: Hasch mich (1998) See more »

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Great Fun!
8 December 2007 | by (.: Fiendish Writings in the Dark :.) – See all my reviews

This installment of Agatha Christie's adaptations features none other than Jean Stapleton! This is a clever adaptation, directed by Clive Donner (Arthur the King, 1985; A Christmas Carol, 1984; Oliver Twist, 1982; and What's New Pussycat, 1965) with a near-slick production quality (especially for its time!) and a great cast! This one was a tad more difficult to puzzle, but more's the fun when you're talking about an Agatha Christie murder mystery and Peter Ustinov! (Far and away my favorite Poirot.)

Nothing silly, not a single moment of wasted film, and a fantastic contribution by each and every one. I highly recommend this one to anyone with a love of mystery.

All in all? This is great fodder for the younger teen in assisting in the development of their analytical mind.

It rates a 7.6/10 from...

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