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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.

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... Dr. Arthur Calgary
... Rachel Argyle
... Leo Argyle
... Mary Durrant
... Philip Durrant
... Gwenda Vaughan
... Kirsten Lindstrom
... Inspector Huish
... Archie Leach
Valerie Whittington ... Hester Argyle
... Tina Argyle
... Micky Argyle
... Maureen Clegg
Anita Carey ... Martha Jessup
Ron Pember ... Ferryman
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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

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A Forca para Um Inocente  »

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The movie was "set in her [Agatha Christie's] favorite [English county] Devon from her favorite book" according to Halliwells. See more »

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Lifeless, low-grade tale.
7 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

This is indeed one of the weakest films based on Agatha Christie's work, a lifeless, muddled mystery that clearly lacks the grace (and the budget!) of its predecessors ("Death On The Nile", "Evil Under The Sun") and Donald Sutherland is a pale shadow of Peter Ustinov as far as screen detectives go (of course, he is playing a character much less interesting than Poirot). The film manages to coast as far as it does on the strength of Christie's plot alone (all her plots have a certain amount of inherent interest), but the direction is hopelessly flat. (*1/2)


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