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"Agatha Christie's Poirot" Sad Cypress (2003)

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Original Air Date:
26 December 2003 (Season 9, Episode 2)
Elinor Carlisle seems to be the obvious murderer of her ailing aunt and the beautiful romantic rival who broke up her engagement, but Poirot uncovers darker motives. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot

Elisabeth Dermot Walsh ... Elinor Carlisle

Rupert Penry-Jones ... Roddy Winter

Kelly Reilly ... Mary Gerrard

Paul McGann ... Dr. Peter Lord

Phyllis Logan ... Nurse Hopkins

Marion O'Dwyer ... Nurse O'Brien

Diana Quick ... Mrs. Welman
Stuart Laing ... Ted Horlick
Jack Galloway ... Marsden
Geoffrey Beevers ... Seddon
Alistair Findlay ... Prosecuting Counsel
Linda Spurrier ... Mrs. Bishop
Ian Taylor ... Shopkeeper

Timothy Carlton ... Judge
Louise Callaghan ... Hunterbury Maid

Episode Crew
Directed by
David Moore 
Writing credits
Agatha Christie (novel)

David Pirie (screenplay)

Produced by
Michele Buck .... executive producer
Phil Clymer .... executive producer: Chorion plc
Delia Fine .... executive producer: for A&E Television Networks
Leila Kirkpatrick .... line producer
Margaret Mitchell .... producer
Emilio Nunez .... supervising producer: for A&E Television Networks
David Suchet .... associate producer
Damien Timmer .... executive producer
Original Music by
Christopher Gunning 
Cinematography by
Martin Fuhrer (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Melanie Viner-Cuneo 
Production Design by
Michael Pickwoad 
Art Direction by
Malcolm Stone 
Set Decoration by
Mark Rimmell 
Costume Design by
Sheena Napier 
Makeup Department
Carol Cooper .... makeup designer
Sian Miller .... makeup artist (as Sian Turner)
Rupert Simon .... makeup artist
Production Management
Fiona McGuire .... executive in charge of production
Kate Stannard .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Terry Bamber .... first assistant director
David Cain .... second assistant director
Jessica Hurles-Laws .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Mike Fowlie .... prop master
Kenneth Hambling .... construction manager (as Ken Hambling)
Dougie Lankston .... dressing props (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Downer .... supervising sound editor
Tony Jackson .... sound recordist
Billy Mahoney .... dubbing mixer
Sarah Morton .... dialogue editor (as Sarah Morten)
Mike Reardon .... sound maintenance
Mike Reardon .... boom operator (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Alan Church .... visual effects
Simon Giles .... visual effects
Ray Donn .... stunt double: David Suchet (uncredited)
Jason White .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Boorer .... grip
Michael Green .... focus puller (as Mike Green)
Mike Miller .... camera operator
Phil Penfold .... best boy (as Philip Penfold)
Larry S. Prinz .... lighting gaffer (as Larry Prinz)
Luan Hall .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Rab Harling .... clapper loader (uncredited)
John Hurley .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Casting Department
Maureen Duff .... casting
Claire Saunders .... casting assistant
Gail Stevens .... casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tamar Zaig .... assistant costume designer
Jason Gill .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Anya Dillon .... assistant editor
Lee Twohey .... telecine colourist
Other crew
Nuala Alen-Buckley .... production accountant
Diane Chittell .... production coordinator
Alan Church .... titles
Simon Giles .... titles
Mariette Masters .... publicist
Phoebe Masters .... assistant coordinator
Gina Nocero .... senior publicist: A & E
Caroline O'Reilly .... script supervisor
Patrick Smith .... picture publicist
Karen Thrussell .... script editor
Peter Tullo .... location manager
Derek Wax .... script executive
Emily Chittell .... production assistant (uncredited)
Elton Farla .... medic (uncredited)
Lawrence Stevens .... floor runner (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Sound Department
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer
Other crew
Mark Albela .... location manager
Daren Thomas .... location runner
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Additional Details

Finland:94 min | USA:100 min (DVD) | UK:93 min (11 episodes)
Color (Kodak Vision Color Negative Film)
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-7 (2015) (TV) | Finland:K-11 (2006) (DVD) | UK:12 (video rating) (2004)

Did You Know?

The title refers to lines from William Shakespeare's play "Twelfth Night": "Come away, come away, death, And in sad cypress let me be laid."See more »
Factual errors: The paper boy at the newsstand announces "Gershwin dies!" Poirot opens the newspaper, which features the obituary of famed American composer George Gershwin. On the opposite page is the obituary of Laura Welman, and the date on the newspaper states that it is September 1937. George Gershwin died on July 11, 1937.See more »
Hercule Poirot:I am, as you say, bored to the tears.See more »


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22 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Still Great but..., 18 April 2004
Author: JackBravo69 from Casablanca

Poirot: Sad Cypress maintains the usual high quality that any adaptation with David Suchet has. Elinor Carlisle receives an anonymous letter advising her to visit her sick aunt or risk being cut out of the will by the enormous and negative influence someone recently acquired over the old lady. Elinor along with her fiancé Roddy although not believing the letter decide to do as it says in an attempt to discover what is really going on. By the advice of a friend they give Poirot the letter and it is clear to the Belgian detective that evil will soon take his victim. I wont say any more about the story not to ruin it for you but it has plenty of mystery as always and a few twists you wont expect. I was literally falling off the couch in the last minutes as the truth was about to be revealed as it is not easy to take a pick as to whom the killer is despite the opening shot that shows us Elinor being prosecuted for two murders and her off voice proclaiming that she has no remorse about it. We stay in doubt as to if that truly is the case or if maybe she actually is innocent. Of course that is a job for Hercule Poirot.

David Suchet is again perfect in his role. I love his work. I worship his portrayal of Poirot. Unfortunately time goes by and Suchet is not in his best shape and at times seems rather tired. Still he is the best Poirot there is and ever will be. Sad Cypress does loose a lot for not having its main character on screen much time. An hour had passed and we had seen Poirot in only a few scenes. While the story may justify this in a way it still is a disappointment to wait so long to see him in action.

The other actors all do a fantastic job with Elisabeth Dermot-Walsh taking the spotlight. She is amazingly beautiful and mysterious. What an absolutely gorgeous woman.

Sad Cypress is recommended to Agatha Christie's fans and to anyone who enjoys a good mystery. Still it is somewhat disappointing due to a little too far fetched explanation and a sometimes absent Poirot performed by an aging Suchet that while still possessing great skill is bellow his best. And of course there's no Captain Hastings, Miss Lemon or Chief Inspector Japp. Its always more fun when the whole gang is present.

A wonderful effort that could maybe be better but still proves an absolute pleasure to watch.

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