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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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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 »

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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 »

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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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Version of Poirot: Lord Edgware Dies (2000) See more »

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Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries
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Highly entertaining version of a good Agatha Christie story...
25 February 2010 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

I don't understand the negative vibes this one created by previous reviewers. THIRTEEN AT DINNER is an entertaining version of the Christie story with FAYE DUNAWAY enjoying herself in the dual role of a movie star obsessed with her own image, as well as a female impersonator who delights in amusing people with her look-alike job of mimicking the star. Her poses remind one of Marilyn Monroe.

PETER USTINOV is fine as Poirot and David SUCHET is equally impressive as Inspector Japp, almost making you forget he went on to play Hercule for the British TV series. LEE HORSLEY has little to do but strut around as a not too bright movie star who never performs his own stunts and he does it well.

Production values are good enough without being overly lavish, so I see no need to criticize them. Updating the story doesn't hurt as much as the updating with computer nonsense for one of Christie's best stories, MURDER IS EASY ('82) which was hurt by the modernization done by Carmen Culver on the script and putting American Bill Bixby in the lead.

Poirot's explanation for the crime makes sense and we actually see how it was done in a useful flashback at the end of the story.

For Christie fans, a good Hercule Poirot story brought to life by a talented cast.


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