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Ein Unbekannter rechnet ab (1974)

Ten people are invited to a hotel in the Iranian desert, only to find that an unseen person is killing them one by one. Could one of them be the killer?


Peter Collinson


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Complete credited cast:
Charles Aznavour ... Michel Raven
Maria Rohm ... Elsa Martino
Adolfo Celi ... Gen. André Salvé
Stéphane Audran ... Ilona Morgan
Alberto de Mendoza ... Otto Martino
Richard Attenborough ... Judge Arthur Cannon
Gert Fröbe ... Wilhelm Blore (as Gert Froebe)
Herbert Lom ... Dr. Edward Armstrong
Elke Sommer ... Vera Clyde
Oliver Reed ... Hugh Lombard
Teresa Gimpera ... Maria
Rik Battaglia ... Vendedor (as Rick Battaglia)
Naser Malek Motiee ... Inspector (as Nasser Malek Moti-I)
Orson Welles ... U. N. Owen (voice)
Sepedeh Sepedeh ... Trapisondista


A group is invited, under false pretenses, to an isolated hotel in the Iranian desert. After dinner, a cassette tape accuses them all of crimes that they have gotten away with. One by one they begin to die, in accordance to the Ten Little Indians nursery rhyme. After a search is made of the hotel, they realize that the murderer is one of them. A few members of the group attempt to trust each other, but the question still remains, who can one trust? And who will leave the hotel alive? Written by Nick Johansen

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Agatha Christie, the greatest mystery-writer. "Ten Little Indians" her greatest mystery. See more »


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Release Date:

1974 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

10 Little Indians See more »

Filming Locations:

Templo de Debod, Madrid, Spain See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film contains two James Bond baddies. Adolfo Celi (Gen. Andre Salve) was Largo in Thunderball (1965) and Gert Fröbe (Wilhelm Blore) was Auric Goldfinger in Goldfinger (1964), both starring Sean Connery as James Bond. See more »


After Michel is poisoned, the killer breaks the statue at the waist. After Elsa is strangled, the killer breaks the statue at the shoulder. After General Salvé is stabbed, the remaining guests gather around the table on which the statues are placed. The film then cuts to an overhead shot showing two statues broken at the ankle and one broken at the waist. In the next shot, the correct statues are back, but the statue broken at the waist is now in a different position. See more »


Dr. Edward Armstrong: Stop playing cat and mouse with me. If you...
[he glances around, and lowers his voice]
Dr. Edward Armstrong: If you want to kill the others I shan't interfere. Just leave me alone.
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Cast, in the order of their disappearance: See more »


Version of Au théâtre ce soir: Dix petits nègres (1970) See more »


Dance In The Old Fashioned Way (Les Plaisirs Démodés)
Composed and Performed by Charles Aznavour
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Very enjoyable mystery
21 January 2001 | by Steven H. PriceSee all my reviews

This is the fourth remake of "Ten Little Indians" (There is a live television version of the story that aired in 1959.)I actually found this version of the story quite good.(even buying it against the advice of the previous reviews to avoid it like the plague!) The performances of the main actors in the cast could be stronger, but they were good enough that the unmasking of the murderer is a surprise(Although I knew which character it was from the start, having previously seen the 1989 version with Donald Pleasence and Herbert Lom-who is also in the 1989 version as a different character!) The setting has moved from an island mansion to an Iranian hotel. (Which isn't a bad idea at all) and the time frame has been moved to the 1970s. Oliver Reed leads the cast as the suspicious Lombard, Elke Sommer is his love interest, And Richard Attenbourough is inspired casting as the hanging Judge.Attenbourough,however, is not the only great casting idea. Herbert Lom is also a great choice as the formerly alcoholic Doctor Armstrong. The movie also features previous James Bond villains Gert Frobe as Blore, and Adolfo Celi as the General. The basic plot (for those who aren't familiar with it) Is this: Ten people, who are strangers to each other, are invited to a "Party" for different reasons. They are later accused (from a tape voiced by Orson Welles) of crimes that they have committed that they have (according to their "Host")gotten away with. After a few of them are picked off, according to the nursery rhyme "Ten Little Indians" the remaining survivors realize that the killer is one of them. Faced with that fact, the remaining number must try to figure out which of them is the guilty one, before the killer can say......."And then There Were None"

Definitely worth a look.

8/10 or *** out of ****

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