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Miss Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage (1986)

Faced with two false confessions and numerous suspects after a despised civil magistrate is found shot in the local vicarage, Detective Inspector Slack reluctantly accepts help from Miss Marple.

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Julian Amyes

Writer:

T.R. Bowen (dramatised by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Hickson ... Miss Marple
Paul Eddington ... Reverend Leonard Clement
Cheryl Campbell ... Griselda Clement
Robert Lang ... Colonel Lucius Protheroe
Polly Adams ... Ann Protheroe
Tara MacGowran ... Lettice Protheroe
James Hazeldine ... Lawrence Redding
Christopher Good ... Christopher Hawes
Norma West ... Mrs. Lestrange
Michael Browning ... Dr. Haydock
David Horovitch ... Det. Inspector Slack
Ian Brimble ... Det. Sergeant Lake
Jack Galloway Jack Galloway ... Bill Archer
Rachel Weaver ... Mary Wright
Rosalie Crutchley ... Mrs. Price-Ridley
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Storyline

When a despised magistrate is found shot to death in the library of the local vicarage, his wife and her lover, a portrait painter living on the church grounds, both confess to the crime. Miss Marple's keen powers of observation clear both of them of the crime, but other suspects abound. Included are the murdered man's daughter, who posed for the artist, a neurotic cleric who's embezzled church funds, the local doctor, an ex-convict who poached on the magistrate's land, and a missionary's enigmatic widow who argued with him the day before he was killed. An exasperated Inspector Slack must reluctantly accept help from the analytical Miss Marple. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1986 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage See more »

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Stereo

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

French title: L'affaire Protheroe. See more »

Goofs

"To everything there is a season" is from Ecclesiastes, not Proverbs. See more »

Quotes

Detective Sergeant Lake: [Referring to Mrs. Price-Ridley] Oh, yes, and she thinks she heard the murderer in the shrubbery. Reckon she heard him sneeze.
Detective Inspector Slack: So all we have to do is find someone with a snotty handkerchief!
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Crazy Credits

Robert Lang (Colonel Lucius Protheroe) was omitted from the closing credits even though his name appeared in the opening titles and he played a significant role in the opening scenes before his character was murdered. See more »


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Greensleeves
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[Lettice whistles]
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Weak
18 September 2008 | by gridoon2018See all my reviews

The first 20-30 minutes of "The Murder At The Vicarage" are quite poorly done: a collection of random characters are seen walking and talking without having been properly introduced to the viewer, which, coupled with some heavy accents, makes the story difficult to follow for anyone who has not read the book. The lack of any familiar faces in the cast does not help, either; several of the women are so similar in appearance it's sometimes hard to even distinguish who is who. And there are important characters (like Lawrence Redding, for example) who get no more than 3 or 4 scenes in the entire film. The direction is uninspired, to put it kindly. Things improve a little in the last 20 minutes, when Miss Marple devises a trap for the killer, but on the whole this is definitely one of the weakest Agatha Christie films I have seen so far (though the recent French "By The Pricking Of My Thumbs" remains the worst). (*1/2)


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