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T.R. Bowen (screenplay)
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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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Beautifully shot adaptation, and I do think it is the best adaptation of the book 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
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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USA:104 min (DVD)
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Australia:PG | UK:PG (video rating) (1998)
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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 »
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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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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Beautifully shot adaptation, and I do think it is the best adaptation of the book, 8 November 2009
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

Caribbean Mystery is a good book by Agatha Christie, but I wouldn't go to say it was one of her best. It is worth the read, but I do prefer Murder is Announced and Sleeping Murder out of the Marple books. This adaptation while taking some liberties with the book, is the best adaptation, and yes I do prefer it over the Helen Hayes version. The adaptation is beautifully shot, with lovely camera work and the scenery is colourful and very pleasing to the eye. The music is well composed and fits nicely with what's going on on screen, if careful not to overshadow the action in those crucial scenes. The script and plot are solid, while taking liberties with the book. Speaking of the changes, I liked the idea of Miss Marple visiting the chambermaid's aunt, however some other changes like the dead coming back from the dead seemed far-fetched and didn't quite work. The adaptation also is rather lengthy, and there is some sluggish pacing in the middle half. On the plus side though, asides from how it was filmed and the good plot and script, we are also treated to a first-rate cast. Joan Hickson is as wonderful as ever as Miss Marple, and Donald Pleasance makes the most out of his role as Jason Rafiel. Sue Lloyd is suitably nasty as Lucy Dyson, and T.P.McKenna is good as Dr Grahame. Adrian Lukis and Sophie Ward are a little on the dull side as the Kendalls though. I will say the final solution was very effective. Overall, a worthwhile diversion, not so bad as an adaptation either. If you want a better Hickson- Marple adaptation though, try Murder Is Announced and Sleeping Murder. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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