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

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Agatha Christie (novel)
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Original Air Date:
26 December 2003 (Season 9, Episode 2)
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Plot:
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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Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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
Rupert Simon .... makeup artist
Sian Turner .... 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
 
Stunts
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)
 

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Sound Department
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer
 
Other crew
Mark Albela .... location manager
Daren Thomas .... location runner
 
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Runtime:
Finland:94 min | USA:100 min (DVD) | UK:93 min (11 episodes)
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Certification:
Australia:PG | UK:12 (video rating) (2004)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Hercule Poirot:Mademoiselle Carlisle, wanting a death is not a crime.See more »

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5 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Egad, 22 December 2006
Author: tedg (tedg@FilmsFolded.com) from Virginia Beach

You know, some of these Poirot adaptations are palatable. And some are dreadful. This is one of the dreadful ones. I'll concede one thing: the casting is near perfect, considering the limits of TeeVee. The faces and bearing of the characters are apt, though Suchet bothers me more as his years in to role dragged on.

It had already been more than a decade by this one, and you can see that where Christie's character was playing with aggressive intelligence a character imagined in his home land, Suchet is merely copying motions he made before that were vaguely comic.

(Its part of the joke. Sherlock Holmes cared not a whit about how he looked or whether his mental feats were ever known. Indeed, in several stories he hides his accomplishments. But Poirot is obsessive about his appearance, his food and how he is perceived. He is motivated to solve crime not because of an inner conflict with evil, but in how he can best evil in order to advance in the battle against himself.) But what kills this is the script. It takes away the magic of the standard final confrontation where Poirot confronts all the suspects and explains how each of them "did" it, settling on one who really did. In that instant, we are supposed to see how all we have seen now makes sense.

But in this case it doesn't. Little of it makes sense. We don't discover why any of the characters acted as they did, and surely not the murderer. We don't know why the elevator went up and down mysteriously, nor why "sandwich paste" figures in at all.

Its the least complete of any I have seen. The whole room of viewers I was with had no idea what had happened after it was over. You need to avoid this one.

Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.

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