Agatha Christie's Marple: Season 2, Episode 2

The Moving Finger (12 Feb. 2006)

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Troubled war veteran Jerry Burton and his sister Joanna rent a cottage in a seemingly tranquil English village which is plagued by a spate of poison pen letters... and murder.

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When troubled war veteran Jerry Burton and his sister Joanna relocate to the quiet little village of Lymstock in order to allow Jerry to recuperate from injuries received in what he claims is a motorcycle accident, they are expecting nothing more than country sleepiness and tedium. Much to their surprise, however, they find themselves embroiled in the middle of scandal and secrets; someone is sending vicious poison-pen letters to the residents. A local dignitary has already taken his own life over the letters, and it's not long before local gossip Mona Symmington also commits suicide after receiving a letter. But when the letter-writer apparently resorts to murder, Jerry finds his curiosity stoked despite himself, and he's not the only one; Miss Jane Marple is also in Lymstock, and she's decided that it's long past time someone got to the bottom of this unpleasant business. Written by Scotty

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At the start, we see the motorcycle fly into the air with various parts being flung off, including the head lamp. A few moments later, we see the bike again and the head lamp is reattached. See more »

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Mrs. Maud Dane Calthrop: [referring to the poison pen letters] Been going on for weeks. That's why the Colonel shot himself.
Miss Marple: Now Maud, we don't know that for sure.
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such a disappointment!
6 July 2011 | by (Reality) – See all my reviews

I have only thought once in the entire 90 minutes of the film that a scene out of the book was in it - and even then it wasn't REALLY the way it was written by Christie. Needless to say, I didn't like it. One watches the movie to a book to find the story depicted by actors the way it was written, or at the very least CLOSELY to what was written. The screenplay for this movie is rubbish. Someone watching the movie without having read the book would get an ENTIRELY different idea about what happened! Granted it's supposed to be an adaptation, but for god's sake, if there was ever a book that was written so you could take only the scenes it describes (maybe leave some out, but definitely not create new ones) it was this book, but I guess it's not flashy enough! Very, very sad - the book is so good, you could make such a good movie with/from it... I didn't think the previous movie ('85) could compare much to the book. It still can't, but if I had to choose between watching this adaptation and the one from '85, I would take the one from '85 any time. No dice.

The characters are messed up, the storyline is messed up, the relations between certain characters (Owen and Joanna, cough) - the only good thing I have to say about this movie, is that D'Arcy, Riley and the actress playing Aimée Griffith did a pretty good job. They resembled their original characters the most (in D'Arcy's case with a few minor *literal* hick-ups due to the screenplay) and gave me the feeling of the book at least a little bit. Though Aimée did not look at all as I pictured her - but that is entirely my imagination anyways.


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