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Desyat negrityat (1987)

A psychological thriller based on the novel by Agatha Christie. Ten strangers are forced to come face to face with their dark pasts after receiving invitation to an isolated island off the coast of England.
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Complete credited cast:
... Mr. Justice Lawrence John Wargrave
... Vera Elizabeth Claythorne
... Captain Philip Lombard
... William Henry Blore - PI
... Dr. Edward George Armstrong
... Miss Emily Caroline Brent
... General John Gordon Macarthur
Aleksey Zolotnitskiy ... Thomas Rogers - Servant
Irina Tereshchenko ... Ethel Rogers - Maid
... Anthony James Marston
V. Arzhatkin
D. Arshinov
V. Ventsler
Vyacheslav Zharikov ... (as V. Zharikov)
... Fred Narracott, the boatman (as F. Odinokov)
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Ten people are invited to a desolate island by a mysterious host. Upon arriving, a mysterious voice recording accuses each of them of a murder committed in the past. And then someone begins to kill them one by one, choosing his methods from a grisly children's poem that hangs in every room of the house... Written by Boris Shafir <shafir@hsi.com>

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This is the only adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel not to change any of the characters, or the details of any of their past crimes. See more »

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After the first murder, when we see Mr. Owen enter the dining room in the middle of the night and remove the first of the ten china figures (leaving nine), the dining table is clean and set up for breakfast. However, later, Rogers says that he noticed there were only nine figures on the table while he was cleaning up the dining room. See more »

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Anthony James Marston: [while dancing with Vera, translated from the Russian] Ten minutes ago, I regretted that I came here.
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The credits roll in absolute silence. See more »

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My brief review of the film
2 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

The Agatha Christie novel upon which this film is based is an excellent read and one of her most popular titles. It has been put into film many times, but each version is far inferior to the actual novel. Except this one. There is no matching the quality of the book, but this Russian one does a very good job, because for the first time the material is not softened down. It is as dark and as grim as Agatha Christie intended her novel to be. It also keeps the original ending, which other versions have adjusted, forfeiting the deeper things that the story has to stay. The flashbacks are woven in perfectly, the sound recording is noticeably sharp, and in general there is very little to complain about this superb rendition of the novel.

A note for prospective buyers:

After some searching, I managed to order a DVD copy of this film from a Russian company via the internet. The DVD quality itself is quite good, however the English subtitles are often poorly translated and out-of-sync with who is talking. Those who have read the novel should still find it easy enough to follow - this is just a little warning. However, that is only on the DVD copy that I viewed. As for the film itself, there is very little wrong with it.


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