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Ten Little Indians (1987)

Desyat negrityat (original title)
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.

Writers:

Agatha Christie (story), Stanislav Govorukhin (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vladimir Zeldin ... Mr. Justice Lawrence John Wargrave
Tatyana Drubich ... Vera Elizabeth Claythorne
Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy ... Captain Philip Lombard
Aleksey Zharkov ... William Henry Blore - PI
Anatoliy Romashin ... Dr. Edward George Armstrong
Lyudmila Maksakova ... Miss Emily Caroline Brent
Mikhail Gluzskiy ... General John Gordon Macarthur
Aleksey Zolotnitskiy Aleksey Zolotnitskiy ... Thomas Rogers - Servant
Irina Tereshchenko ... Ethel Rogers - Maid
Aleksandr Abdulov ... Anthony James Marston
V. Arzhatkin V. Arzhatkin
D. Arshinov D. Arshinov
V. Ventsler V. Ventsler
Vyacheslav Zharikov ... (as V. Zharikov)
Fyodor Odinokov ... Fred Narracott, the boatman (as F. Odinokov)
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Storyline

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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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

28 December 1987 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Ten Little Indians See more »

Filming Locations:

Black Sea, Russia

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Production Co:

Odessa Film Studios See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The original (Russian) title of the movie is translated as "Ten little Niggers", exactly the same as the story had been called by the author. The majority of other film versions uses more tolerable title "Ten little Indians". In English even this version translated as "Ten little Indians", which may cause a lot of confusion during watching: it's obvious that ten figures on the table are little Africans, not Indians; the island, where the story take place, called "Niggers Islands" etc. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Thomas Rogers - Servant: Dinner will be served at eight o clock.
Miss Emily Caroline Brent: That's late.
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Crazy Credits

The credits roll in absolute silence. See more »

Alternate Versions

The television print includes a brief interlude right after Vera and Rogers discover there are only seven Nigger statuettes left after General Macarthur's murder. This was done for a separate two night broadcast, with an inter-title simply stating "Agatha Christie's Ten Little Niggers, part two." Curiously, this is the version that was released on home video. See more »

Connections

Referenced in eXploitation CinemA (2009) See more »

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Stardust
Music by Hoagy Carmichael
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My brief review of the film
2 August 2005 | by sol-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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