In a Florence pensione circa 1900 with English guests, George Emerson (Julian Sands) and his dad (Denholm Elliott) offer their rooms with views to Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham Carter) and her chaperone, Charlotte Bartlett (Dame Maggie Smith). Lucy and George get acquainted, but Lucy returns to England. George and Lucy meet again, but now she's engaged.
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Trying to find how a millionaire wound up with a phony diamond brings Hercule Poirot (Sir Peter Ustinov) to an exclusive island resort frequented by the rich and famous. When a murder is committed, everyone has an alibi.
Set in the 1930s, the story takes place in an old-fashioned English country house where a weekend shooting party is underway. The story centers on the McCordle family, particularly the man of the house, Sir William McCordle (Sir Michael Gambon). Getting on in years, William has become a benefactor to many of his relatives and friends. As the weekend goes on, secrets are revealed, and it seems that everyone, above stairs and below, wants a piece of William and his money, but how far will they go to get it?Written by
The jewelry worn by the upstairs ladies in the movie was all authentic, and had to be escorted in by armed guards each day. See more »
When Mrs. Croft and the cook are counting the knives, servants are bringing the candelabra from the dining room down the stairs. Then the gentlemen are in the dining room, where the candelabra are still lit. See more »
I wasn't expecting this film to be this good. I mean when you hear of a movie starring a lot of major actors, you know by experience it should be a bomb. I was glad to be wrong. I LOVED THIS MOVIE. The storyline, actors, cinematography, all wonderful.
The film shows both the lives of the British uppercrust and of their devoted and loyal servants. Some giving more than they should, some taking a great deal and giving nothing back. There are lies, coverups, jealousy, intrigue, sex, and finally murder. Everyone was terrific here, especially Maggie Smith and Kelly McDonald, Helen Mirren and Eileen Atkins.
The only thing that would stop me from giving this a 10 was the middle when it sort of slowed to a crawl. After the murder it picked right back up. I bought this film for my collection and will watch it often. I highly recommend give this a try.
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