29 user 8 critic

Ten Little Indians (1989)

Ten people are invited to go on an African safari, only to find that an unseen person is killing them one by one. Could one of them be the killer?


Alan Birkinshaw


Agatha Christie (novel), Jackson Hunsicker (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


Learn more

More Like This 

Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

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.

Director: Stanislav Govorukhin
Stars: Vladimir Zeldin, Tatyana Drubich, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Ten people are invited to a luxury mountaintop mansion, only to find that an unseen person is killing them one by one. Could one of them be the killer?

Director: George Pollock
Stars: Hugh O'Brian, Shirley Eaton, Fabian
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Ten people are invited to a hotel in the Iranian desert, only to find that an unseen person is killing them one by one. Could one of them be the killer?

Director: Peter Collinson
Stars: Charles Aznavour, Maria Rohm, Adolfo Celi
Ten Little Indians (TV Movie 1959)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Agatha Christie mystery in which one of ten suspects in an isolated island mansion is a killer. Who is It?

Directors: Paul Bogart, Philip F. Falcone, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Nina Foch, Barry Jones, Romney Brent
Marple (2004–2013)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An elderly spinster living in the village of St. Mary Mead, helps her friends and relatives solve mysterious murders.

Stars: Geraldine McEwan, Julia McKenzie, Stephen Churchett
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Ten strangers are invited to an island by a mysterious host, and start to get killed one by one. Could one of them be the killer?

Stars: Maeve Dermody, Charles Dance, Toby Stephens
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Seven guests, a newly hired personal secretary and two staff are gathered on an isolated island by an absent host and someone begins killing them off one by one. They work together to determine who is the killer?

Director: René Clair
Stars: Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, Louis Hayward
Poirot (1989–2013)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

The cases of eccentric but sharp Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.

Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

8 good looking people stop in the middle of the Mojave desert and people start dying.

Director: Jantonio Turner
Stars: James Balsamo, Marilyn Sheriff, Fahad Olayan
Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Filipino take on Agatha Christie's classic story about ten people stuck in a remote place, who are killed one by one by someone as punishment for their supposed crimes.

Director: Antonio B. Pascua
Stars: William Martinez, Herbert Bautista, Hero Bautista


Complete credited cast:
Donald Pleasence ... Judge Wargrave
Brenda Vaccaro ... Marion Marshall
Frank Stallone ... Captain Lombard
Herbert Lom ... General Romensky
Sarah Maur Thorp Sarah Maur Thorp ... Vera Claythorne
Warren Berlinger ... Mr. Blore
Yehuda Efroni ... Dr. Werner
Neil McCarthy Neil McCarthy ... Anthony Marston
Moira Lister ... Mrs. Rodgers
Paul L. Smith ... Mr. Rodgers


Rehash of classic Agatha Christie story about 10 people who believe they have won a trip to go on an African safari, but are soon killed off one by one by an unknown murderer. Written by Mike Hatchett <hatchetts13@webtv.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


PG | See all certifications »






Release Date:

November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agatha Christie's 'Ten Little Indians' See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo


See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Herbert Lom had acted in a previous remake playing the doctor in Ten Little Indians (1974). See more »


When the survivors are burying the first victim, one of them comments that they "didn't even know" the person's name. However, during the accusation scene, all ten characters are present and all ten characters' full names are used. See more »


Anthony Marston: Well, well. It appears no one knows our host. How gauche. Do I hear a martini calling?
See more »


Version of Ten Little Indians (1974) See more »


Mad Dogs And Englishmen
Written, Performed and Produced by Noël Coward
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Based on a novel and subsequent stage play by Agatha Christie about a unseen killer who sequentially knocks off the visitors
1 September 2012 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Agatha Christie tale of 10 people invited to an isolated place , hovering around mouthing chunks of exposition while waiting to get murdered . The guests discuss and argue each other , only to find that an unseen person is killing them one by one . Just before the gripping climax of the film , you will be given sixty seconds to guess the killer's identity! The film will pause and on the screen you will see clues to help you decide who the murderer is...but the person in suspect is always the person who is murdered next . There is no way for any of them to flee , so they set about attempting to determine who their hidden host might be and where he might be hiding.

Whodunit in which have been invited ten people who are strangers to each other , when they are all gathered, they hear from their host that each one of them has in someway caused the death of an innocent person and that justice had not be served in their cases , the guests are being killed off one by one . Average fourth adaptation , this one totally mucks up the story , switching from an isolated island to African landscapes located in the sabana . The original script was much more faithful to the original Agatha Christie novel with the setting on an island and the original grim conclusion of the book ; however, producer Harry Alan Towers changed it at the last second when he realized that it would be cheaper to shoot in the African outback and that the novel's ending is less marketable than Christie's happier resolution from the play version of the story . Excruciantly boring and dull rendition with silly characters and slowly paced . Most actors are mediocre and unknown , though there are tree important players as Donald Pleasence , Brenda Vaccaro and Herbert Lom who had acted in a previous remake playing the doctor . The whole cast overacts abysmally and playing cardboard roles against poor scenarios and some old tents . This low-budgeted picture is a real tedium and tiring ; sticks with the original version . The motion picture was regularly directed by Alan Birkinshaw who was in South Africa filming various films for producers Avi Lerner and Harry Alan Towers such as Masque of the Red Death , The House of Usher , Horror Safari and this ¨Ten little Indians¨ filmed with similar artistic and technician team .

This is one of the innumerable versions based on Agatha Christie famous novel . The best version (1945) resulted to be the classic by Rene Clair with Barry Fitzgerard , Roland Young , June Duprez , Mischa Auer , C Aubrey Smith , Judith Anderson and Richard Haydn ; furthermore , 1965 version set in Austrian Alps by George Pollock with Hugh O'Brian as Hugh Lombard , Shirley Eaton as Ann Clyde , Fabian as Mike Raven , Leo Genn as General Mandrake as Stanley Holloway as William Blore , Wilfrid Hyde-White as Judge Cannon and Daliah Lavi as Ilona Bergen . And 1974 rendition set in remote Iran by Peter Collinson with Charles Aznavour , Maria Rohm , Adolfo Celi , ElKe Sommer , Stephane Audran , Alberto De Martino , Richard Attenborough and Herbert Lom .

11 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 29 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed