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A fictional account of the real life, eleven day, never explained 1926 disappearance of famed murder mystery writer Agatha Christie is presented. On a cold winter day, her damaged car with ... See full summary »

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Michael Apted

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Kathleen Tynan (screenplay), Arthur Hopcraft (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dustin Hoffman ... Wally Stanton
Vanessa Redgrave ... Agatha Christie
Timothy Dalton ... Col. Archibald Christie
Helen Morse ... Evelyn Crawley
Celia Gregory Celia Gregory ... Nancy Neele
Paul Brooke ... John Foster
Carolyn Pickles Carolyn Pickles ... Charlotte Fisher
Timothy West ... Kenward
Tony Britton Tony Britton ... William Collins
Alan Badel ... Lord Brackenbury
Robert Longden Robert Longden ... Pettelson
Donald Nithsdale Donald Nithsdale ... Uncle Jones
Yvonne Gilan Yvonne Gilan ... Mrs. Braithwaite
Sandra Voe Sandra Voe ... Therapist
Barry Hart Barry Hart ... Supt. MacDonald
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A fictional account of the real life, eleven day, never explained 1926 disappearance of famed murder mystery writer Agatha Christie is presented. On a cold winter day, her damaged car with her expensive fur coat is found abandoned at the side of a country road. While the authorities initially suspect that she could have committed suicide, her pompous husband, Col. Archibald Christie, who is less than cooperative with the authorities, is adamant that she is still alive. What he doesn't tell them is that he recently asked her for a divorce so that he could marry his secretary, Miss Nancy Neele. Although the divorce request was not a total surprise since she knew of the extramarital affair, Mrs. Christie still did not want to grant him the request since she still loves him. Concurrently, American newspaper columnist Wally Stanton was scheduled to conduct an interview with Mrs. Christie. Since he can no longer do so with her disappearance, Stanton instead tries to find out himself what ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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A fictional solution to the real mystery of Agatha Christie's disappearance.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El misterio de Agatha Christie See more »

Filming Locations:

Bath, Somerset, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The lines of poetry that Dustin Hoffman quotes to Vanessa Redgrave in the Harrogate cemetery come from a poem titled "The Hill" in Edgar Lee Masters' collection of poems "Spoon River Anthology". See more »

Goofs

When Agatha strikes the black ball on the pool table with the cue ball, the black ball banks off four rails and is on a path that would clearly take it to a point somewhere to the right of the lower left corner pocket and the ball comes to almost a complete stop before the cut. Yet, after the cut, the ball is shown rolling directly into the pocket. See more »

Quotes

Nancy Neele: Are you sure you don't want me to stay?
Col. Archibald Christie: It's for the best. Once she stops playingher bloody stupid games I'll sort it out. Once and for all. Decently.
Nancy Neele: I love you very much.
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Version of Agatha Christie: A Life in Pictures (2004) See more »

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Samson et Dalila: Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix
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Excellent, but little known film.
15 September 2015 | by robert-259-28954See all my reviews

Michael Apted created a truly beautiful movie in this period piece. Watching it was an exercise in restraint, beauty, and remarkable taste, each frame seemingly more beautiful than the next. Again, Ms. Redgrave delivers a nuanced but powerful portrayal of this equally powerful mystery writer, who's real life disappearance was thoughtfully imagined in this thought-provoking film. Perhaps the choice of Dustin Hoffman was a bit of a stretch, when his physical height often seemed a little incongruous combined with the extreme height of the statuesque Redgrave, especially during the single love scene. That said, Hoffman's performance was more than up for the task, revealing a degree of stoic steadfastness and street smarts that makes the entire enterprise move along quite well, in spite of its generally slower pace, which English films generally employ to good effect. Never having heard of or seen this film before, catching it on TCM was an interesting and captivating delight.


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