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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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25 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Does Anybody Bother to Read the Book!!!, 20 April 2002
Author: georgigems from United States

Once again, like "A Mind to Murder", the writers chose to bypass PD James and make up their own version of the story. In the book, a famous mystery writer is found dead in the bottom of a dinghy on the Suffolk coast with both of his hands chopped off. Adam is on holiday there visiting his Aunt Jane and having to make a decision about his relationship with Deborah Riscoe. He gets involved simply as a spectator because his aunt is one of the suspects. He and the investigating officer , aptly called Inspector Reckless, don't like each other right off and even with the same clues, AD is able to figure out the murder method and the Inspector is not. His only reference to Deborah Riscoe in the book is a letter (and poem) he writes her but never mails and then he receives one from her. The movie version has totally done away with the Aunt, brought Deborah to the country and visiting Adam while he is on the case, getting attacked by the murder suspect and finally coming to her decision about the two of them with her boss. It has lost all the momentum of the novel but did retain the storm scene where Adam is almost killed/drowned..

Now, I am not suggesting you shouldn't watch this story, on the contrary, Roy Marsden is , as always, a class act as Dalgliesh. Just don't expect the same level of suspense as the book. Do the screenwriters ever read the book first or do they make up stuff as they go along?

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