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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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Hercule Poirot is called in by his crime writer friend, Ariadne Oliver and discovers that she is troubled. She has been asked to create a "Murder Hunt" game for a fair at Nass House and she is puzzled with all the help she is getting. Poirot and his assistant, Captain Hastings arrive at the fair to see what is going on. They find a couple on the brink of divorce, a rich Lord and a dizzy Lady, an old lady, trapped in the horrors of the past and a womanizing architect. Things take a turn for the worse when during the "Murder Hunt" the girl playing the "dead" body is murdered for real, an old man's body is pulled from the local lake and the Lady of the manor goes missing when a face from her past shows up. It is clear to Poirot that someone is playing the game for real and he sets out to discover who it is... Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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Joseph Blatchley, Paul Jeeson and Richard Morant were all in the running for Alec. See more »

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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 »

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Amanda Brewis: Men are such fools.
Hercule Poirot: And why should you make such an observation, madamoiselle?
Amanda Brewis: They can be so shrewd, and then they go off and marry the wrong woman...
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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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