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13 January 1994 (USA) See more »
Commander Dalgleish of Scotland Yard investigates the apparent murder of a well-known author who is... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Roy Marsden ... Commander Adam Dalgliesh

Simon Chandler ... Digby Seton
Kenneth Colley ... Inspector Gerry Reckless
Mel Martin ... Deborah Riscoe

Bill Nighy ... Oliver Latham
James Cossins ... Justin Bryce

Nicholas Jones ... Luker

Anne Lambton ... Sylvia Kedge
Marjie Lawrence ... Celia Calthrop
Roger Alborough ... Superintendent Maitland
Arthur Blake ... Maurice Seton
Lucy Briers ... Liz Marley
David Conville ... Max Gurney
Erin Geraghty ... TV Presenter
Oliver Haden ... Charles Beech
Edward Peel ... DCS Charlie Breen
Rosemary Williams ... Writer on TV
Jerome Willis ... Pathologist

Directed by
John Davies 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Peter Buckman 
P.D. James  novel

Produced by
Hilary Bevan Jones .... producer
David Fitzgerald .... executive producer
Brenda Reid .... executive producer
Original Music by
Richard Harvey 
Cinematography by
Richard Crafter 
Film Editing by
Keith Judge 
Casting by
Celia Peart 
Production Design by
Spencer Chapman 
Costume Design by
Reg Samuel 
Makeup Department
Penny Hunt .... makeup artist
Sound Department
John Asman .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard Collins .... dubbing editor
Allan Haynes .... sound recordist
Roy Perkins .... dubbing editor
Gerry Crampton .... stunt coordinator

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103 min

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An Average Whodunit Murder Mystery, 25 September 2013
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

A handless corpse in a small boat and a long-ago death figure into the plot of "Unnatural Causes". The story has about the right number of suspects. The ending was a surprise to me; I had guessed the murderer to be a different person.

In this whodunit story by mystery writer P.D. James, the inevitable comparison is to the works of Agatha Christie, whose stories run the gamut from fairly good to brilliant. There are plenty of red herrings and plot twists in "Unnatural Causes", which may help to explain how I got the killer wrong. The two authors thus compare favorably in terms of plots. The script does a good job of identifying character names except for Dalgliesh's girlfriend.

On the other hand, although I found Adam Dalgliesh (Roy Marsden) to be sufficiently intellectual, he was less interesting and less quirky than a Hercule Poirot or other Christie police character. I did not care for the romantic subplot between Dalgliesh and his girlfriend. The girlfriend character I did not like at all. The subplot seemed distracting and intrusive to the murder mystery.

Prod design and costumes are acceptable, especially given that this is a made-for-TV movie. But sound quality was not all that great. At the end, the killer's explanation largely escaped me because the person either mumbled their script lines; or more likely, ambient sounds were too loud relative to the dialogue.

"Unnatural Causes" will generally appeal to viewers who enjoy whodunit mysteries. I'm not one to downgrade a film just because it doesn't conform precisely to the book on which it is based, though some people will. Overall, I would rate this film at least average, or maybe slightly above, for its genre.

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