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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 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
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
 
Crew believed to be complete


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some missing elements, 15 April 2015
Author: blanche-2 from United States

This is a 1997 version of "The Pale Horse," based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Agatha Christie.

Ariadne Oliver is in the book, but she's not in this production.

The story concerns a sculptor, Mark Easterbrook, who finds a priest dying in an alley. The priest has a list of names. When the police arrive, they take the list away from Easterbrook and accuse him of murder.

He and an art restorer, Kate Mercer, work to prove his innocence, using whatever Mark remembers of the list. He's shocked to learn that everyone on the list is dead, save one, and all from natural causes.

Mark and Kate are led to a house called "The Pale Horse," where three women who claim to be witches live. Can their spells actually kill people? What about the booking agent Mark meets? Can he think someone dead, or does he set it up? This could have been a more interesting story, but it isn't, due to the fact that it's somewhat confusing. Also, while some of the women's clothing appears to be from the '60s, nothing else seemed very '60s to me with Easterbrook walking around wearing a leather jacket. The era is amorphous.

The acting was okay. I enjoyed seeing Hermoine Norris in a different kind of role from the one she played on MI-5 and her character on Wire in the Blood. She was very good. Also, Michael Byrne and Leslie Phillips give outstanding performances. The rest of the acting was so-so, as were the production values.

After watching the Hercule Poirot series, it's hard to go back to anything less than the characterizations, production values, and costumes found in them.

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