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Ordeal by Innocence (1984)

PG-13 | | Mystery, Thriller | 17 May 1985 (USA)
Dr Calgary returns home from an expedition and goes looking for a hitchhiker whom he gave a lift to two years previously in order to return the man's address book. He discovers the man has been executed for his mother's murder.

Directors:

Desmond Davis, Alan Birkinshaw (uncredited)

Writers:

Agatha Christie (based on the novel by), Alexander Stuart (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Sutherland ... Dr. Arthur Calgary
Faye Dunaway ... Rachel Argyle
Christopher Plummer ... Leo Argyle
Sarah Miles ... Mary Durrant
Ian McShane ... Philip Durrant
Diana Quick ... Gwenda Vaughan
Annette Crosbie ... Kirsten Lindstrom
Michael Elphick ... Inspector Huish
George Innes ... Archie Leach
Valerie Whittington Valerie Whittington ... Hester Argyle
Phoebe Nicholls ... Tina Argyle
Michael Maloney ... Micky Argyle
Cassie Stuart ... Maureen Clegg
Anita Carey Anita Carey ... Martha Jessup
Ron Pember Ron Pember ... Ferryman
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Storyline

Paleontologist Dr. Arthur Calgary visits the Argyle family to give them an address book that belongs to Jack Argyle. But he is told that Jack has been executed for the murder of his wife. But the address book can prove that Jack was innocent, so Dr. Calgary starts the investigation all over. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Once the murder was solved, the real mystery began...

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Mystery | Thriller

Certificate:

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Trivia

Debut produced screenplay of screenwriter Alexander Stuart. See more »

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Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

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14 July 2001 | by dave_cullSee all my reviews

Without doubt the worst production of an Agatha Christie novel. For a start the musical score by Dave Brubeck is totally out of place in a Christie murder mystery. At some points in the movie the backgroung music is so loud it is actually difficult to hear the on screen dialogue. The music becomes overpowering and extremely irritating mid way through proceedings. However for me the worst part of this movie is probably the most appalling piece of casting ever seen. Michael Elphick is a good English actor but he is a cockney and his portrayal of a Scottish Policeman is dismal. His scottish accent starts badly and gets worse as things move on. At the end he looks embarrassed to be involved in such a uncoordinated mess of a movie.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Горе невинным See more »

Filming Locations:

Dartmouth, Devon, England, UK

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Production Co:

London-Cannon Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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