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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 Jonathan Cecil ... Captain Arthur Hastings
Bill Nighy ... Ronald Marsh
Diane Keen ... Jenny Driver
John Stride John Stride ... Film Director
Benedict Taylor ... Donald Ross
Lee Horsley Lee Horsley ... Bryan Martin
Allan Cuthbertson ... Sir Montague Corner
Glyn Baker 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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Storyline

Hercule Poirot appears on a TV talk show with actor Bryan Martin who is making an action/detective movie with Jane Wilkinson. He also meets impressionist Carlotta Adams. They all go to a party and Jane asks him and Captain Hastings to go and meet her husband, Lord Edgware 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 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 is determined to put Jane away... Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agatha Christie's Thirteen at Dinner See more »

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Runtime:

(video)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Appearing here as Inspector Japp, David Suchet later played Hercule Poirot in the TV series Poirot (1989) and subsequent TV specials, including Poirot: Lord Edgware Dies (2000), another version of this story. 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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Followed by Murder in Three Acts (1986) See more »

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Well done made-for-TV adaptation of Poirot
15 July 2000 | by Chris-268See all my reviews

"Thirteen at Dinner" is good, solid entertainment. I recently watched it on video, and apart from the obvious, dramatic commercial pauses, it was hard to tell I was watching a made-for-TV movie. Ustinov is my favorite Poirot, and he is his usual, boisterous self in this adaptation. I love David Suchet as well, and I was delighted to see him in the role of Inspector Japp. Is there a better voice actor than Suchet? If one were to listen to this movie with closed eyes, it would be very hard to tell that Japp was being played by Suchet, so convincing is his accent and manner of speech.

This production has a very British feel to it, but apparently it was an American venture. Surprising! Also, I had a bad feeling when I saw the opening scene- Poirot appearing on the David Frost talk show! But the filmakers and screenwriters did an excellent job of taking a novel written in the '30s and adapting it to the mid-'80s. They followed Christie's original plot faithfully, keeping all the essential elements which make it such a good whodunnit. It would have been nice to see a different actress play the part of Carlotta Adams (Faye Dunaway plays both her and Jane Wilkinson.) She did a commendable job though, as did the other supporting actors. I thought the interplay between Ustinov and Johnathan Cecil (who played Hastings) was hilarious. And I really wish that Ustinov had made more Poirot movies! Oh well. Check out "Death on the Nile" for another of Ustinov's best Poirot efforts. Hard core fans will want to see "Appointment With Death" as well, but that film ranks at the bottom of my Poirot list.


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