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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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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

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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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Mono

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Vanessa Redgrave (Agatha Christie) and Timothy Dalton (Colonel Archibald Christie) played another real-life married couple, Mary, Queen of Scots and her second husband Lord Darnley, in Mary, Queen of Scots (1971). Though they never married in real-life, they were in a relationship from 1971 to 1986. 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 »

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Wally Stanton: She is much more attractive than I'd imagined. And much sadder.
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Gilbert & Sullivan Medley
Music by Arthur Sullivan (uncredited)
Arranged and conducted by Howard Blake
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premise has so many different possibilities
8 January 2017 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's a famous real life case. Agatha Christie disappeared for 11 days in December 1926. For some, she never explained it convincingly and this is a fictional account of those days. Col. Archibald Christie (Timothy Dalton) asks his wife Agatha Christie (Vanessa Redgrave) for a divorce so that he can marry his secretary Nancy Neele. Agatha is under tremendous stress and desperate to keep her husband. When American reporter Wally Stanton (Dustin Hoffman) arrives at her doors for a scheduled interview, the colonel sends him away. Agatha's abandoned car is later found and the search is on.

The fictionalization gives the scriptwriter a blank slate. It could have gone a million different ways from the outlandish to the poignant. This doesn't do much of anything and that is the most disappointing aspect. I don't care about Stanton or the Colonel or the search. I would love to follow only Agatha but she just spends her time at a spa. It's probably the least intriguing destination although it's fun to have her do research during her stay. I don't find her budding relationship with Stanton based on mutual lies that compelling. Despite the great acting power available, it's not until well into the second half before something interesting happens.


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