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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.

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Gary Nelson

Writers:

Agatha Christie (novel), Scott Swanton (teleplay)
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Cast

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)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Originally published under the title "Three Act Tragedy" in 1934. See more »

Goofs

The first murdered victim is named "Stephen Babbington". However, when Mrs Eastman is talking with Mrs. Dacres in Mrs. Dacres' shop, he is referred to as "Richard". See more »

Quotes

Hercule Poirot: Colonel, we have stirred the pot. We soon shall see what comes to the surface.
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Connections

Follows Dead Man's Folly (1986) See more »

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Not up to the standards of "Death on the Nile" and "Evil Under the Sun", but still passable
1 June 2008 | by gridoon2019See all my reviews

"Murder in Three Acts" starts off rather poorly: the updating of the action to the 80's takes some getting used to, Hastings is portrayed as too much of a buffoon, and even Peter Ustinov himself seems to be hamming it up a bit too much in his first scenes. However, he gets more serious later on, and his climactic verbal reconstruction of the crimes is as delightful as ever - I just love the way he emphasizes certain words. The plot itself is quite clever - it begins with an apparently motiveless murder that turns out to be part of a grander scheme. For a TV movie, "Murder in Three Acts" has rather high production values: the Acapulco locations are beautiful, the houses and the hotels are lavish. But the cast cannot compare with those of Ustinov's theatrical Poirot outings, and most of the characters are very poorly defined. Still, if you are a mystery fan, this one is just about worth having in your collection. (**1/2)


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