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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

Writers:

Kathleen Tynan (screenplay by), Arthur Hopcraft (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dustin Hoffman ... Wally Stanton
Vanessa Redgrave ... Agatha Christie
Timothy Dalton ... Archie Christie
Helen Morse ... Evelyn
Celia Gregory Celia Gregory ... Nancy Neele
Paul Brooke ... John Foster
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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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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Box Office

Gross USA:

$7,500,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,500,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dustin Hoffman was depressed during much of the film shoot. He has since stated that he was ready to quit film acting and return to the stage, but a meeting with Producer Stanley R. Jaffe and Writer and Director Robert Benton at his London hotel changed his mind, and resulted him in accepting the role in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979). See more »

Goofs

Although set in 1926, a de Havilland DH-82 Tiger Moth is seen in the film. The plane had its first flight in 1931. 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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Soundtracks

They Didn't Believe Me
Arranged and Conducted by Howard Blake
Written by Jerome Kern (uncredited) and Dorothy Reynolds (uncredited)
Sung by Vanessa Redgrave (uncredited)
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Fascinating journey
6 March 2002 | by Movie_Man 500See all my reviews

Well photographed, carefully edited film, swimming in supposition. Almost quietly performed. Overall sense of loss and heartache gives further readings into Christie's books a tinged sense of sadness. Mannered but sympathetic acting by the 2 strong leads, balance well off the 2 sort of "villians": the snobby mistress and the caddish husband, played with icy detachment by the future and all too brief James Bond. The stunning visuals look especially nice on a large screen.


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