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Sleeping Murder 

Gwenda Halliday, a wealthy young Englishwoman recently emigrated from India, intuitively buys a seaside manor house, where she re-experiences a murder.

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Kelvin Halliday
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Sergant Desai
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George Erskine
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Mr Sims
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Helen Marsden
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Ferdinand
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Walter Fane
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Mrs Pagett
Helen Coker ...
Lily Tutt
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Dickie Erskine
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Gwenda Halliday moves to England from India and moves into a house in a seaside village. She will soon be married and needs to renovate the house first. However, she keeps getting the strange feeling that she's been in the house before even though, as far as she is aware, she has never been in England before. Then a view of a part of the house sparks an image of a murder in her mind, and she gets extremely agitated. Her assistant, Hugh Hornbeam, is worried about her and calls in a friend, Miss Marple. It turns out Ms Halliday has previously lived in England, in that same house. Written by grantss

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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A postcard supposedly from the missing Helen who disappeared in the 1930s has a stamp of Queen Elizabeth II, whose reign started in 1952. See more »

Quotes

Hugh Hornbeam: Miss Ballantine, how's tricks?
Eve Ballantine: Tricky.
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Version of Miss Marple: Sleeping Murder (1987) See more »

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Agatha who?...makes a mess of the Christie novel...
20 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

Except for the high standard of acting one usually associates with the British, the handsome landscapes photographed in muted color, and the usual "things aren't what they seem at all" kind of flavor that Christie works over in all of her stories, this SLEEPING MURDER is enough to tranquilize a viewer with its many puzzlements.

It's a clumsy (awkwardly so) script that roams all over the place instead of telling a coherent story with a beginning, middle and end. The story of a young woman having flashbacks to an earlier incident in her life is a perfectly acceptable dramatic device, but the flashbacks add little to the already cluttered nature of the story.

Hardly a faithful version of the story (the earlier TV adaptation with Joan Hickson was much better), it expands for the two hour length and tedium sets in long before the inconclusive ending.

Hardly the way to start watching Agatha Christie if you're a first time viewer of her works. This one has too many flaws--most of them based on the script itself--and GERALDINE McEWAN is only passable as Jane Marple.


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