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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Cecil ...
Ricardo Montoya
Col. Mateo (as Pedro Armendariz)
Daisy Eastman
Angela Stafford
Janet Crisp
Jacqueline Evans ...
Ángeles González ...
Housekeeper (as Angeles Gonzalez)


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 <>

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


Crime | Drama | Mystery





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30 September 1986 (USA)  »

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Originally published under the title "Three Act Tragedy" in 1934. See more »


The first murdered victim is named "Stephen Babbington". However, when Mrs Eastman is talking with Mrs. Dacres in Mrs. Dacres' shop, he is referred to as "Richard". See more »


Hercule Poirot: Have you ever noticed a secret passage that does not start in the library?
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Follows Death on the Nile (1978) See more »

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The Old Switcheroo
15 December 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Agatha Christie's Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot and his ever faithful Tonto like companion Captain Hastings are in Acapulco for Murder In Three Acts. As you gather by the title their are three murders, but their connection to each other is in some cases non-existent and to the murderer they are known in varying degrees of acquaintanceship.

The first is of a clergyman Philip Guilmant at a cocktail party given by retired expatriate actor Tony Curtis when a lethal cocktail is given the victim. At another cocktail party with a different setting the same happens to Dr. Dana Elcar. Lastly a poor catatonic woman in an asylum is slipped a box of chocolates laced with the same poison. The old switch is used like in many a magician's act.

Peter Ustinov as Poirot is present at the first and that was the perpetrator's fatal mistake. As Dana Elcar says all too prophetically for him, crime seems to follow him around.

Agatha Christie purists will object to the way poor Jonathan Cecil is treated like such a boob. He's not in the David Suchet BBC series. It's very much like Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson who slowly became a befuddled idiot in the Universal Sherlock Holmes movies.

Still the film is all right not up to the standard of Ustinov big screen Hercule Poirot films. And the murderer when revealed truly steals the film.


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