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Miss Marple: A Caribbean Mystery (1989)

While on vacation at a resort hotel in the West Indies, Miss Marple correctly suspects that the apparently natural death of a retired British major is actually the work of a murderer planning yet another killing.

Director:

Christopher Petit

Writer:

T.R. Bowen (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Hickson ... Miss Marple
Donald Pleasence ... Jason Rafiel
Adrian Lukis Adrian Lukis ... Tim Kendal
Sophie Ward ... Molly Kendal
T.P. McKenna ... Dr. Grahame
Michael Feast ... Edward Hillingdon
Sheila Ruskin Sheila Ruskin ... Evelyn Hillingdon
Frank Middlemass ... Major Palgrave
Robert Swann Robert Swann ... Greg Dyson (as Robert Swan)
Sue Lloyd ... Lucky Dyson
Barbara Barnes Barbara Barnes ... Esther Walters
Stephen Bent Stephen Bent ... Jackson
Joseph Mydell ... Inspector Weston
Valerie Buchanan Valerie Buchanan ... Victoria
Isabelle Lucas Isabelle Lucas ... Aunty Johnson
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Storyline

Feeling poorly, Miss Marple's nephew sends her to Barbados for a bit of a holiday. She finds the holiday a bit of a bore and nowhere near as interesting as life in St. Mary Mead. Things get a bit more interesting when one of the guests, the elderly Major Palgrave, is found dead. The death is put down to natural causes until one of the maids finds medication belonging to another guest in the late major's room. When the maid is also found dead it is clear that the Major's oft-repeated tale of knowing a murderer - he was in the colonial police after leaving the army - convinces Miss Marple that the murderer is someone at the hotel. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

UK | USA | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1989 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Miss Marple: A Caribbean Mystery See more »

Filming Locations:

Barbados

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

A TV movie made for the A&E network. See more »

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When Miss Marple finds the book under Molly's mattress it is due to be returned in February 1951 but the portrait of the Queen means the events are taking place after February 1952 when the Queen came to the throne. See more »

Quotes

Jason Rafiel: I had to think about this quite a bit before mentioning it to you.
Inspector Weston: And why is that, Mr. Rafael?
Jason Rafiel: It wasn't my idea, and the person who had it - the idea, I mean - is a little old lady who knits and wears lace. She also has a mind like a bacon slicer.
Inspector Weston: Why didn't she come to me herself?
Jason Rafiel: She didn't think you'd take her seriously.
Inspector Weston: I might have done.
Jason Rafiel: I doubt it. It's a very good disguise. She even had me fooled for a minute.
[He laughs]
Inspector Weston: Better have her name for the record.
Jason Rafiel: Miss Marple.
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Worth a look
20 May 2002 | by lucy-66See all my reviews

Well shot and acted, and it transports you to a pleasant hotel in the Caribbean. Is Donald Pleasance making up his own dialogue? I'm sure Christie never called anyone a 'saucy mare'. Liberties are taken with the book, some good (Miss Marple's visit to the chambermaid's aunt) and some pointless (made up superstitions about the dead taking revenge). Directors should trust Christie!

Many of the 'improvements' blur and confuse the storyline. xxxxxx


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