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25 December 1989 (UK) See more »
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While on vacation at a resort hotel in the West Indies, Miss Marple correctly suspects that the apparently natural death of a retired British major is actually the work of a murderer planning yet another killing. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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"By far and away the best adaptation of Christie's novel." See more (17 total) »

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Directed by
Christopher Petit 
 
Writing credits
T.R. Bowen (screenplay)

Agatha Christie  novel (uncredited)

Produced by
George Gallaccio .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ken Howard 
 
Cinematography by
John Walker (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Bernard Ashby 
Paul Garrick 
 
Production Design by
Don Giles (designer)
 
Costume Design by
Colin Lavers 
 
Makeup Department
Vivien Riley .... makeup designer
Sharleen Rassi .... key hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
David Mason .... production manager
 
Art Department
Linda Sherwood-Page .... graphic designer
Francis Smith .... properties buyer
Paul Birkbeck .... title illustrator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Malcolm Campbell .... film recordist
John Hale .... dubbing mixer
Stephen Young .... dubbing editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
George Amos .... camera operator
Pat Deveney .... gaffer electrician
David Hall .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John Altman .... musical director
Alan Blaikley .... composer: title music
Ken Howard .... composer: incidental music
Ken Howard .... composer: title music
 
Other crew
Phil Baggarley .... supervisor operatives
Pat Bryan .... production coordinator
Murray Carrad .... finance assistant
Heidi Easton .... assistant floor manager
Juley Harding .... production assistant
Julian Hearne .... assistant floor manager
Fiona B. McTavish .... production associate
Alison Passey .... production secretary
Errol Rollins .... liaison: Barbados
 

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104 min
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Australia:PG | UK:PG (video rating) (1998)
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Trevor Bowen replaced David McAllister.See more »
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Anachronisms: Major Palgrave and Inspector Weston both refer to the Major as having been a member of the St Kitts (or St Christopher) and Nevis Police around 1948-51. St Litts Nevis & Anguilla never had there own force until 1960, before then they were part of the Leeward Islands Police Force,See more »
Quotes:
Jason Rafiel:I had to think about this quite a bit before mentioning it to you.
Inspector Weston:And why is that, Mr. Rafael?
Jason Rafiel:It wasn't my idea, and the person who had it - the idea, I mean - is a little old lady who knits and wears lace. She also has a mind like a bacon slicer.
Inspector Weston:Why didn't she come to me herself?
Jason Rafiel:She didn't think you'd take her seriously.
Inspector Weston:I might have done.
Jason Rafiel:I doubt it. It's a very good disguise. She even had me fooled for a minute.
[He laughs]
Inspector Weston:Better have her name for the record.
Jason Rafiel:Miss Marple.
[...]
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19 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
"By far and away the best adaptation of Christie's novel.", 30 December 2004
Author: jamesraeburn2003 from Poole, Dorset

Miss Marple is enjoying a holiday in Barbados recovering from a recent illness. However, an ex colonial police officer called Major Palgrave (Frank Middlemass), boasts to Miss Marple about a murder story and takes a photograph out of his wallet which apparently has a murderer's face on it. However, he suddenly sees that person and quickly puts the photograph back into his wallet. Miss Marple didn't take it very seriously at the time but when Major Palgrave is found dead the next morning, she wishes she had when more murders follow.

By far and a way the best version of Christie's whodunit. It was filmed in Hollywood in 1983 as a lacklustre TV movie starring Helen Hayes as Miss Marple and was saddled with an indifferent script. This BBC production is lengthly, but there is more attention to detail and a first rate cast including Donald Pleasance, Frank Middlemass and not forgetting Hickson's Miss Marple. All do fine work in their roles.

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