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Murder in Three Acts (1986)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Movie 30 September 1986
Hercule Poirot (Sir Peter Ustinov) attends a dinner party in which one of the guests clutches his throat and suddenly dies. The cause seems to be natural until another party with most of the same guests produces another corpse.


Gary Nelson


Agatha Christie (novel), Scott Swanton (teleplay)
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Ustinov ... Hercule Poirot
Tony Curtis ... Charles Cartwright
Emma Samms ... Egg
Jonathan Cecil ... Hastings
Fernando Allende ... Ricardo Montoya
Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Col. Mateo (as Pedro Armendariz)
Lisa Eichhorn ... Cynthia Dayton
Dana Elcar ... Dr. Strange
Frances Lee McCain ... Miss Milray
Marian Mercer ... Daisy Eastman
Diana Muldaur ... Angela Stafford
Nicholas Pryor ... Freddie Dayton
Concetta Tomei ... Janet Crisp
Jacqueline Evans Jacqueline Evans ... Mrs. Babbington
Ángeles González Ángeles González ... Housekeeper (as Angeles Gonzalez)


Hercule Poirot's (Sir Peter Ustinov's) assistant, Captain Arthur Hastings (Jonathan Cecil), calls him down to Acapulco, Mexico, where he can write his memoirs, but Hastings drags him to a party populated with Hastings' new friends. There's Janet Crisp (Concetta Tomei), the writer, Daisy Eastman (Marian Mercer) and her daughter "Egg" (Emma Samms), Ricardo Montoya (Fernando Allende), Dr. Strange (Dana Elcar), Miss Milray (Frances Lee McCain) the housekeeper, and Charles Cartwright (Tony Curtis) the famous American actor. But at the party another guest, Reverend Babbington (Philip Guilmant), dies from poisoning and when Dr. Strange also dies from poisoning, Poirot must swing into action before the serial killer strikes again. Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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Movie Stars. Martinis. Murder. All in Romantic Acapulco.


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Did You Know?


The setting has been transferred to Acapulco, and the character of Mr. Satterthwaite was replaced by Hercule Poirot (Sir Peter Ustinov) regular Captain Arthur Hastings (Jonathan Cecil). See more »


Approximately 59:30 into the movie, Charles Cartwright (Tony Curtis), Angela Stafford (Diana Muldaur), and Janet Crisp (Concetta Tomei) are having a conversation on the balcony. The cup of coffee Muldaur is holding throughout the conversation changes from right hand to left hand repeatedly throughout the various shots of the conversation. See more »


Hercule Poirot: Porot is only on the side of one thing... and that is the truth.
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Follows Thirteen at Dinner (1985) See more »

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While I like Agatha Christie,
6 June 2003 | by g-force-1See all my reviews

I cannot say the same about this film. Poirot dotters about...Hastings is a wimp! Quite frankly, the whole thing put me to sleep. Read the book instead.

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USA | Mexico



Release Date:

30 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Убийство в трёх актах See more »

Filming Locations:

Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico See more »

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1.33 : 1
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