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13 July 1997 (USA) See more »
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When Mark Easterbrook finds himself in the frame for the murder of a priest, there seems no way to prove his innocence other than solving the mystery himself. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Colin Buchanan ... Mark Easterbrook
Jayne Ashbourne ... Kate Mercer

Hermione Norris ... Hermia Redcliffe

Leslie Phillips ... Lincoln Bradley

Michael Byrne ... Venables

Jean Marsh ... Thyrza Grey
Ruth Madoc ... Sybil Stamfordis

Andy Serkis ... Sergeant Corrigan
Trevor Byfield ... Inspector Lejeune

Tim Potter ... Dr. Osbourne

Louise Jameson ... Florence Tuckerton
Catherine Holman ... Poppy Tuckerton
Richard O'Callaghan ... Donald
Anna Livia Ryan ... Tilly Tuckerton
Maggie Shevlin ... Bella
Brett Fancy ... Ricky Flood
Geoffrey Beevers ... Father Gorman
Wendy Nottingham ... Eileen Brandon
Tricia Thorns ... Jessie Davis
Johanna Kirby ... Mrs. Coppins
Kieran Cunningham ... Barman
Martin Oldfield ... Desk Sergeant
Martin Milman ... Dr. Wylie
Sam Bond ... Doctor
Steve Weston ... Ned Thackeray
Martin Kennedy ... Tate
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Louise Green ... Third Witch from Macbeth (uncredited)
Tony Red Richards ... Sergeant (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Beeson 
 
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Agatha Christie  novel
Alma Cullen 

Produced by
Adrian Bate .... producer
Liz Bunton .... associate producer
Delia Fine .... executive producer: A&E Television Networks
Guy Slater .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Colin Towns 
 
Cinematography by
Witold Stok 
 
Film Editing by
David Blackmore 
 
Casting by
Suzanne Crowley 
Gilly Poole 
 
Production Design by
Robin Tarsnane 
 
Art Direction by
Sharon Cartwright 
 
Costume Design by
Judy Pepperdine 
 
Makeup Department
Anne Oldham .... makeup designer
 
Production Management
Philip Leach .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Simon Hinkly .... first assistant director
Steve Robinson .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
John Hogan .... property master
Don Worts .... production buyer
 
Sound Department
Brigitte Arnold .... sound editor
Colin Chapman .... sound editor
Rupert Scrivener .... dubbing mixer
John Taylor .... sound recordist
Steve Fish .... boom operator (uncredited)
Ian Tapp .... adr editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeremy Hiles .... camera operator
Laurie Shane .... gaffer
 
Other crew
Elizabeth Burn .... production coordinator
Wendy Ellerker .... production accountant
Lorely Farley .... script supervisor
Vicky Featherstone .... script editor
David Kennaway .... location manager
 
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19 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
The Pale Plot, 10 July 2004
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

Agatha Christie's "The Pale Horse" is not one of my favorite Christie books. There is no Poirot or Miss Marple to liven things up, and the witchcraft motif seems contrived.

The film of the same name is a 1997 British TV production, loosely based on Christie's novel. I wasn't expecting much from this film, and not much was what I got. The film's confusing plot meanders around, seemingly without direction. There are too few suspects. And the ending is a letdown, and potentially unclear for anyone not familiar with the book.

On the other hand, the acting is OK, though a bit hammy at times. And the film has good production design.

Overall, this film is not terribly bad. But it's not particularly good either. There are other Agatha Christie movies out there that are so much better. If these films were in competition with each other, most of them would leave "The Pale Horse" at the starting gate.

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