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Dead Man's Folly (1986)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Movie 8 January 1986
During a murder hunt game at a country house, to which Hercule Poirot (Sir Peter Ustinov) is invited as an "expert", a real murder occurs.

Director:

Clive Donner

Writers:

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

Complete credited cast:
Peter Ustinov ... Hercule Poirot
Jean Stapleton ... Ariadne Oliver
Constance Cummings ... Amy Folliat
Tim Pigott-Smith ... Sir George Stubbs
Jonathan Cecil ... Captain Arthur Hastings
Kenneth Cranham ... Detective Inspector Bland
Susan Wooldridge ... Amanda Brewis
Christopher Guard Christopher Guard ... Alec Legge
Jeff Yagher ... Eddie South
Nicollette Sheridan ... Hattie Stubbs (as Nicolette Sheridan)
Ralph Arliss ... Michael Weyman
Caroline Langrishe ... Sally Legge
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Storyline

Hercule Poirot (Sir Peter Ustinov) is called in by his crime writer friend, Ariadne Oliver (Jean Stapleton) and discovers that she is troubled. She has been asked to create a "Murder Hunt" game for a fair at Nass House and she is puzzled with all the help she is getting. Poirot and his assistant, Captain Arthur Hastings (Jonathan Cecil) arrive at the fair to see what is going on. They find a couple on the brink of divorce, a rich Lord and a dizzy Lady, an old lady, trapped in the horrors of the past and a womanizing architect. Things take a turn for the worse when during the "Murder Hunt", the girl playing the "dead" body is murdered for real, an old man's body is pulled from the local lake, and the Lady of the manor goes missing when a face from her past shows up. It is clear to Poirot that someone is playing the game for real, and he sets out to discover who it is. Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 January 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agatha Christie's Dead Man's Folly See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

There is a reference to another Dame Agatha Christie Poirot case: Detective Inspector Bland (Kenneth Cranham) tells Poirot he "was present when you solved the ABC Murders" fifteen years earlier. See more »

Goofs

The title of Ariadne Oliver's latest novel, "Hatchets Blood and a Parakeet", is - dependent on how you read it - incorrect in either grammar or punctuation, something which would be picked up at the proof-reading editorial stage by her publishers. See more »

Quotes

Hercule Poirot: There those who have to exercise their little grey cells, and some who lock people *in* them.
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Follows Evil Under the Sun (1982) See more »

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could have been much better
2 September 2009 | by scott-palmer2See all my reviews

Thank God that at least ITV will soon remake this film with David Suchet-the REAL Poirot. Ustinov like always plays Poirot as the untidy, overweight and sloppy Columbo type character, and Clive Donner seems to be directing a comedy at times. The TV Poirots made with Ustinov are a bit more comedic (unlike the way Christie wrote them) than the cinema versions he appeared in. Unfortunately this film was made as a UK/US co-production and CBS TV was involved, hence the casting of Jean Stapleton-one of the worst performances ever-screaming hysterically at times and calling Poirot "Her-cu-lee." (Near the end of this film Ustinov says her instincts at times are "excessive and stupid," and later says to her "You irritate me."-like she irritates the viewer!!!).

However in spite of these flaws, Dead Man's Folly has a good many things going for it-the filming in England at the stately home, a decent script, fine camera-work and editing, and very good performances by Constance Cummings, Tim Piggot-Smith, Susan Wooldridge, Kenneth Cranham, Nicolette Sheridan, and Jimmy Gardner in the smallish role of Old Murdell.


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