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Ten Little Indians (1965)

Not Rated | | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | 6 February 1966 (UK)
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Ten people are invited to a luxury mountaintop mansion, only to find that an unseen person is killing them one by one. Could one of them be the killer?

Director:

George Pollock

Writers:

Peter Yeldham (screenplay), Harry Alan Towers (screenplay) (as Peter Welbeck)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Hugh O'Brian ... Hugh Lombard
Shirley Eaton ... Ann Clyde
Fabian ... Mike Raven
Leo Genn ... General Mandrake
Stanley Holloway ... William Blore
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Judge Cannon (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
Daliah Lavi ... Ilona Bergen
Dennis Price ... Dr. Armstrong
Marianne Hoppe ... Frau Grohmann
Mario Adorf ... Herr Grohmann
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Mitchell Bill Mitchell ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

Up to a house high on a mountain top have been invited ten people who are strangers to each other. When they are all gathered, they hear from their host that each one of them has in someway caused the death of an innocent person and that justice had not be served in their cases. There are eight guests and two servants there for the weekend, but one by one, they are being knocked off according to the poem of "Ten Little Indians". As the number of survivors decreases, they begin to believe that the killer is one of the group, but are unable to decide on which one he or she may be. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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The Whodunnit Break! A first in motion pictures! Just before the gripping climax of the film, you will be given sixty seconds to guess the killer's identity! The film will pause and on the screen you will see clues to help you decide who the murderer is...We Dare You To Guess! See more »


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 1966 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In recent years, it has come to light that much of Christie's plot appears to have been inspired by a little known 1930 play by Owen Davis titled "The Ninth Guest", which utilized the same framework of people being brought together by an unknown host who proceeds to kill them one by one. Columbia Pictures' atmospheric movie version, The Ninth Guest (1934), has never been released on home video, but is now in the public domain, and can be found on eBay and iOffer. See more »

Goofs

Obvious stunt double for Mario Adorf during the fight scene. See more »

Quotes

Mike Raven: [At the dinner table] Now how does that old song go?
General Mandrake: My dear sir, what old song?
Mike Raven: Well, you know sir, uh, the old nursery rhyme "The ten little Indians. There's a copy of the rhyme hanging on the wall in my room upstairs.
Hugh Lombard: That's funny. There's a copy in my room, too.
Ann Clyde: And mine.
Mike Raven: Well then, who's with it? Who's got the first line?
Ann Clyde: Ten little Indians went out to dine, / One choked his little self, and then there were nine.
Mike Raven: That's it. Strictly nurseryville. Then what happened?
Ilona Bergen: Nine little Indians, ...
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Alternate Versions

The film was originally released with a "Whodunit Break" gimmick. Right before Ann is seen firing the gun at Hugh, the action pauses and an off screen voice tells the audience that the film will pause for one minute to give them a chance to solve the crime. The previous murders are shown under a large clock ticking the minute away. After the narrator tells the audience they can figure the mystery out if they have "paid close attention" he finishes by intoning "DO NOT BE SURPRISED BY WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO SEE!" At that point the action resumes. Some video and TV prints do not contain this fun "murder minute", but others (including the version shown on TV in the UK) still do. See more »

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Soundtracks

Ten Little Indians
Adaption of traditional nursery rhyme
Performed by Fabian
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Good adaptation of a classic murder mystery
21 July 2009 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

It's only fair to mention that I saw the 1945 adaptation of this same story before seeing this film, so obviously the plot and characters were very familiar to me before watching. There were some changes between the two versions, however, which helps to keep things fresh...although most of the changes were for the worst. Rather than being set on island, this version sets the story on top of a snow covered mountain; while several of the characters have either had their professions changed or have been made younger than in the earlier version. The film does at least stick more rigidly to the nursery rhyme at the centre of the story. The basis of the story is the same as in previous versions, however, and we focus on ten people that have been invited to stay at a house owned by a Mr U. N. Owns. Shortly after their arrival they are played a tape made by the mysterious host; accusing them all of murder. One by one they are picked off and it's not long before the remaining guests realise that their host is amongst them.

The film feels very upper class and all the guests are well dressed and polite. The script is very similar to the earlier adaptation and so I would imagine that both versions stick very closely to the original literature. The cast is rather good and each actor fits into their role well. Standouts for me include Daliah Lavi, who plays an actress and is very sexy - and Mario Adorf who plays the butler. Eurocrime fans may recognise him as the pimp from the masterpiece The Italian Connection. The deaths are rather well handled and we see a bit more than we did in the earlier version; although 'less is more' is still very much the order of the day. Deaths include stabbing, falling off a cliff and someone has a stuffed bear dropped on their head. I was hoping that the film may have changed the ending, but unfortunately it sticks to the original story on this point so it wasn't much of a surprise for me. Still, this is a rather decent adaptation of the classic story; although I'd certainly recommend 1945's And Then There Were None over this version.


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