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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 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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Storyline

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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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

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

Goofs

During Poirot's speech to the gathered suspects (shortly before the 1:20:00 mark), he addresses Bryan Martin by the name "Mr. Marsh." 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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Connections

References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries
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Composed by Richard Wagner
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underrated gem
8 December 2007 | by suze-4See all my reviews

For a TV movie this is surprisingly well done. Many twists and turns in the plot. Good characterizations by all the players.

I disagree with the negative comments here. The movie held my attention throughout and was a delight to watch. Faye Dunaway's portrayal of the dual roles was over the top but that was the nature of the two women she played. The actress Jane Wilkinson is clearly based on some of the mannerisms of Marilyn Monroe and Faye does this convincingly.

I didn't initially think Peter Ustinov would make a good Poirot, but he captures the detective's droll and determined persona and is quite convincing.

I wish they would make more movies like this. Though Peter and Faye are clearly the lead actors in it, there's an ensemble cast that works together to lead us on a merry chase of suspects. The locations are magnificent. All in all this is definitely worth watching even if it lacks the big budget of the ones Ustinov made for theatrical release.


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