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Murder in Three Acts (1986)

TV Movie  -   -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  30 September 1986 (USA)
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In Acapulco, Hercule Poirot attends a dinner party in which one of the guests clutches his throat and suddenly dies. The causes seem to be natural until another party with most of the same guests produces another corpse.

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Hercule Poirot's assistant, Hastings, calls him down to Acapulco in Mexico where he can write his memoirs but Hastings drags him to a party populated with Hastings' new friends. There's Janet Crisp - the writer, Daisy Eastman and her daughter 'Egg', Ricardo Montoya, Dr. Strange, Miss Milray the housekeeper and Charles Cartwright the famous American actor. But at the party another guest - Rev. Babbington - dies from poisoning and when Dr. Strange also dies from poisoning, Poirot must swing into action before the serial killer strikes again... Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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Movie Stars. Martinis. Murder. All in Romantic Acapulco.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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The setting has been transferred to Acapulco, and the character of Mr Satterthwaite was replaced by Poirot regular Hastings. See more »

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In the finale after Charles Cartwrights speech about giving his finest performance in jail, he starts to walk out to be taken into custody. In front of him as he walks, the boom mic can clearly be seen behind the sofa. See more »

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Hercule Poirot: Colonel, we have stirred the pot. We soon shall see what comes to the surface.
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Follows Dead Man's Folly (1986) See more »

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Not up to the standards of "Death on the Nile" and "Evil Under the Sun", but still passable
1 June 2008 | by See all my reviews

"Murder in Three Acts" starts off rather poorly: the updating of the action to the 80's takes some getting used to, Hastings is portrayed as too much of a buffoon, and even Peter Ustinov himself seems to be hamming it up a bit too much in his first scenes. However, he gets more serious later on, and his climactic verbal reconstruction of the crimes is as delightful as ever - I just love the way he emphasizes certain words. The plot itself is quite clever - it begins with an apparently motiveless murder that turns out to be part of a grander scheme. For a TV movie, "Murder in Three Acts" has rather high production values: the Acapulco locations are beautiful, the houses and the hotels are lavish. But the cast cannot compare with those of Ustinov's theatrical Poirot outings, and most of the characters are very poorly defined. Still, if you are a mystery fan, this one is just about worth having in your collection. (**1/2)


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