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The Man in the Brown Suit (1989)

An American woman is getting involved in a diamond theft in South Africa.

Director:

Alan Grint

Writers:

Agatha Christie (book), Carla Jean Wagner (teleplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rue McClanahan ... Suzy Blair
Tony Randall ... Rev. Edward Chichester
Edward Woodward ... Sir Eustace Pedler
Stephanie Zimbalist ... Anne Beddingfeld
Ken Howard ... Gordon Race
Nickolas Grace ... Guy Underhill
Simon Dutton ... Harry Lucas
María Casal María Casal ... Anita (as Maria Casal)
Federico Luciano Federico Luciano ... Leo Carton
Rose McVeigh ... Valerie
Jorge Bosso Jorge Bosso ... Businessman
José Canalejas ... Arab #1 (as Jose A. Canalejas)
Robert Case Robert Case ... Ship's Captain
Tibi Costa Tibi Costa ... Arab #2 (as Tiby Costa)
James Duggan ... Steward
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An American woman is getting involved in a diamond theft in South Africa.

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Mystery

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The Man I Love
(uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
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It's a mystery all right.
18 September 2000 | by SanDiegoSee all my reviews

Uneven Agatha Christie adaptation with great locales, a swift adventure pace, and an odd assortment of acting styles from an equally odd assortment of then popular TV stars. Ken Howard ("The White Shadow") does a Humphrey Bogart spoof, Tony Randall ("The Odd Couple") does comedy skit impersonations, Rue McClanahan ("Golden Girls") plays her familiar Blanche character, Edward Woodward ("The Equalizer") is doing light theater, and Stephanie Zimbalist ("Remington Steele") at times looks like Pinocchio with wooden legs trying to balance on her two feet. I can't tell if the film was badly miscast (Tony Randall's role should really been done with an unknown unrecognizable actor), badly scripted, or just bad direction choices. My guess, a little of each. Imagine the director telling each of his actors that they were in a different type of film (spoof, mystery, adventure, drama, comedy, etc...) and you get an idea of what happens on screen. Still, the pace, humor, and locales actually make this one of the most enjoyable Christie inspired efforts and one you won't likely be nodding off to. Maybe there is a method to the madness afterall, or at least a purpose. I taped this film during it's original broadcast in 1989 and still watch it from time to time as a guilty pleasure. Go figure.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El hombre del traje marrón See more »

Filming Locations:

Spain See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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