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Director:
Writer:
Ken Taylor (screenplay)
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Release Date:
11 January 1987 (UK) See more »
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When a young bride moves into a country manor, long repressed childhood memories of witnessing a murder come to the surface. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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(6 articles)
[TV] The Great Detectives Anthology
 (From JustPressPlay. 25 October 2010, 4:00 AM, PDT)

Agatha Christie: getting away with murder
 (From The Guardian - TV News. 1 October 2010, 12:16 AM, PDT)

Agatha Christie: getting away with murder
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 1 October 2010, 12:16 AM, PDT)

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Far better than the recent version See more (15 total) »

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Directed by
John Davies 
 
Writing credits
Ken Taylor (screenplay)

Agatha Christie  novel (uncredited)

Produced by
George Gallaccio .... producer
Guy Slater .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Ken Howard (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Peter Hall (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jerry Leon 
 
Production Design by
Victor Meredith (designer) (as Vic Meredith)
 
Costume Design by
Judy Pepperdine 
 
Makeup Department
Sheelagh Wells .... makeup designer
 
Production Management
Michael Cameron .... production manager
 
Art Department
Paul Birkbeck .... title illustrations
Linda Sherwood-Page .... graphic designer
Barbara Spiller .... properties buyer
 
Sound Department
Malcolm Campbell .... film recordist
Colin Goudie .... dubbing editor
John Hale .... dubbing mixer
Jason Swanscott .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John Altman .... musical director
Alan Blaikley .... composer: title music
Ken Howard .... composer: incidental music
Ken Howard .... composer: title music
 
Other crew
Patricia Greenland .... production assistant
George Griffiths .... location manager
Thea Murray .... production associate
Christopher Sandeman .... assistant floor manager
Mandy West .... assistant floor manager
 

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USA:102 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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UK:PG (video rating) (1997)

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Trivia:
Agatha Christie originally entitled the manuscript for this novel "Murder in Retrospect." However, in 1942 Dodd, Mead Co. published Christie's novel "Five Little Pigs" in the U.S. with the title "Murder in Retrospect" (it retained its original title in the U.K. publication). She then renamed the story "Cover Her Face" but had to change it yet again, when P.D. James published her début novel in 1962 with that title. The novel itself was written around 1940 as her last novel featuring Miss Marple (around the same time that she was writing "Curtain" which was the last Hercule Poirot); it was published in 1976 after her death.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: While Miss Marple is chatting with the gardener and using the sprayer to kill the bugs, she generously sprays the top of the wall where the gardener's coffee cup is resting. A few moments later he drinks from it, but apparently suffers no ill effects.See more »
Quotes:
Miss Jane Marple:There's always possibility of X.
Gwenda Reed:X?
Giles Reed:X?
Miss Jane Marple:The unknown factor... someone who hasn't appeared yet but whose presence behind the facts can be deduced.
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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Far better than the recent version, 21 September 2007
Author: pawebster from England

The 1980s adaptations starring Joan Hickson are on the slow side by modern standards. This was in fact the last golden age of television before it was ruined by too many channels and the advent of the MTV attention span -- which has sadly affected us all, I fear. This version is lovingly crafted with delightful period details.

Although, in its slowness, this version fails to build up the various suspects as sufficiently menacing, it is a good version which keeps quite faithful to the book. Geraldine Alexander is excellent as Gwenda and to my ears does a super New Zealand accent. John Moulder-Brown is a let-down as her unconvincing animatronic husband, beautifully dressed in the gent's outfitters styles of the period, but far too mannered in his perfect elocution. Joan Hickson does her stuff very well as usual.

It is interesting (if depressing) to compare this with the travesty version starring Geraldine McEwan, where the plot has been mangled -- and garbled -- beyond recognition.

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