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Thirteen at Dinner (1985)

Not Rated | | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | TV Movie 19 October 1985
An American movie actress, best known for playing dumb blondes, is Scotland Yard's prime suspect when her husband, Lord Edgware, is murdered. The great detective, Hercule Poirot, digs deeper into the case.

Director:

Lou Antonio

Writers:

Agatha Christie (novel), Rod Browning (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Ustinov ... Hercule Poirot
Faye Dunaway ... Jane Wilkinson / Carlotta Adams
David Suchet ... Inspector Japp
Jonathan Cecil ... Captain Arthur Hastings
Bill Nighy ... Ronald Marsh
Diane Keen ... Jenny Driver
John Stride ... Film Director
Benedict Taylor ... Donald Ross
Lee Horsley ... Bryan Martin
Allan Cuthbertson ... Sir Montague Corner
Glyn Baker ... Lord Edgware's Butler
John Barron ... Lord Edgware
Peter Clapham Peter Clapham ... Mr. Wildburn
Lesley Dunlop ... Alice Bennett
Avril Elgar Avril Elgar ... Miss Carroll
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Hercule Poirot (Sir Peter Ustinov) appears on a television talk show with actor Bryan Martin (Lee Horsley), who is making an action detective movie with Jane Wilkinson (Faye Dunaway). He also meets impressionist Carlotta Adams (Faye Dunaway). They all go to a party and Jane asks him and Captain Arthur Hastings (Jonathan Cecil) to go and meet her husband, Lord Edgware (John Barron) in regards to a divorce. They do so, to discover that the Lord had already granted her a divorce. Jane is delighted, but drops hints that she could have killed the Lord if he didn't grant her the divorce. The next day, Lord Edgware is found dead, and all of the staff at the Lord's house swear that Jane was the one who did it, but witnesses at another Lord's party swear that Jane was with them. Carlotta then dies, and Poirot must investigate, as Inspector Japp (David Suchet) is determined to put Jane away. Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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Trivia

Sir Peter Ustinov and David Suchet appeared in Victoria & Albert (2001). See more »

Goofs

At the end, when Faye Dunaway's character, Jane Wilkinson, is walking through the throng of press, the collar of her coat has a mind of it's own, changing position in every shot. It is off one shoulder then sticking up, then off both shoulders, then sticking up again and then off the shoulder once more. A glaringly obvious lack of continuity. See more »

Quotes

Hercule Poirot: Do I spend much time in Belgium? No, because there is so little crime. You know that I'm very patriotic. I believe in Belgium very profoundly, but crime is practically nonexistent.
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Soundtracks

Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries
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I have to say I didn't mind it.
11 September 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

I'll take my Ustinov as Poirot however I can get him.

I happen to like Thirteen at Dinner. It's one of the smaller films as it was made for TV. You certainly can't compare it to the lavish "Murder on the Orient Express." And I frankly like it better than "Murder in Three Acts." I always love Ustinov as Poirot. One of the other comments said these characters are never how you picture them after reading the books. Interesting and true. The very popular Miss Marple of Margaret Rutherford had nothing to do with Miss Marple as she was written, and Ustinov has nothing to do with Poirot as written. I think David Suchet was perfect as Poirot as Christie wrote him, and I loved seeing him as Inspector Japp in this, but for a fun time, call 1-800-Ustinov! Because this is based on a Christie mystery, however poor the production values or the cast, the basic story is always interesting, as this was. Faye Dunaway is absolutely gorgeous in this movie in both her roles. And it did have a British flavor (which "Murder in Three Acts" absolutely did not.) I really don't understand giving this 1 star. Surely we've all seen worse.


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Language:

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Release Date:

19 October 1985 (USA) See more »

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Agatha Christie's Thirteen at Dinner See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

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