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Agatha (1979)

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 »

Director:

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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Storyline

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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PG | See all certifications »

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Details

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:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie ran over budget and over schedule, and eventually, the project was taken out of Dustin Hoffman's control. There were lawsuits, and delays in post-production. Eventually, Director Michael Apted managed to calm the waters enough to convince Hoffman to complete the movie. See more »

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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

Kenward: Well, in the past, Sir, there have been rumors in the past that Mrs Christie threatened to kill herself.
Kenward: Utter rubbish. Servants' gossip.
Col. Archibald Christie: I dare say you know that my wife is a well known writer of murder mysteries. Poison, intrigue, murder and suicides. It's everyday family small talk.
Kenward: I see Sir. So you have absolutely no idea what might have happened to her?
Col. Archibald Christie: I am sure that nothing at all has happened to her. But I would strongly urge you, in your own interest, to call all this off.
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Soundtracks

My Wonderful One
Arranged and Conducted by Howard Blake
Music by Ferde Grofé Sr. (uncredited), Paul Whiteman (uncredited), Marshall Neilan (uncredited)
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Agatha Christie's portrayal of someone who tastes loss
2 September 1999 | by mike-544See all my reviews

The title of this English movie refers to one of the world's most famous writer, Agatha Christie, who, in 1926, left her home without warning and created a public speculation about her fate. The director, Michael Apted, gives us a great amount of solemnity, using it to balance with the most trivial of human behaviors. Dustin Hoffman is rather theatrical in his portrayal of a famous journalist that falls in love with the fragile and dependent writer and Vanessa Redgrave captures perfectly the loss and solitude of the character. And suddenly, when the movie itself was imbued in its quietness, becomes something close to a thriller, a race against time, and its cleverness never compensates the unexpected loss. But it is a beautiful film, carefully constructed and with some good dialogue. Victorio Storaro's cinematography is excellent as usual and Timothy Dalton probably gives his finest performance as a rigid and paternal husband who doesn't allow his wife to act as one. "Would you care for a kiss?", asks Agatha. I would say yes, but only to this Agatha .


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