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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 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 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 is called in by his crime writer friend, Ariadne Oliver 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 Hastings 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:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Warner Bros. Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Siv Borg was dubbed. 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 »

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Hercule Poirot: "Greedy" you say? Is there anything greedier than destroying something because it stands in the way of your miserable ambitions?
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Followed by Murder in Three Acts (1986) See more »

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Ustinov the definitive Poirot
4 May 2005 | by James BeauchampSee all my reviews

Now, it may come as a surprise to most people when you see the rating that I have given this TV-movie (10 out of 10), especially when you read most of the other comments on this movie. But I will explain, and you'll see that there is some method to my madness.

Firstly, I'm a huge Agatha Christie fan, especially of the Hercule Poirot mysteries. I had read the book Dead Man's Folly and had enjoyed it immensely, thus making me search out this movie. When I discovered that it was Peter Ustinov who was starring as Poirot I was over the moon, as I consider him by far the best Poirot. In my opinion, Ustinov is the definitive Poirot.

I managed to find the movie and then watch it. It was excellent. Ustinov was brilliant as the detective gifted with "the little grey cells". It was not as good as Evil Under The Sun or Death On The Nile, however my mark reflects the closeness of the movie to the text. I couldn't believe how close the movie was. As I was sitting there watching the film I was uttering the lines in my mind from how they were seen in the book. It was a terrific film and deserves every bit of my 10 marks.


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