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Sparkling Cyanide (2003)

In this TV movie, a classic mystery is updated and relocated to a glamorous world of London socialites and secret agents, introducing two unique and compelling investigators and taking us through to the highest corridors of power.

Director:

Tristram Powell

Writers:

Laura Lamson (screenplay), Agatha Christie (from the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pauline Collins ... Dr. Catherine Kendall
Oliver Ford Davies ... Col. Geoffrey Reece
Kenneth Cranham ... George Barton
Jonathan Firth ... Mark Drake
Susan Hampshire ... Lucilla Drake
Clare Holman ... Alexandra Farraday
James Wilby ... Stephen Farraday
Lia Williams ... Ruth Lessing
Rachel Shelley ... Rosemary Barton
Justin Pierre Justin Pierre ... Carl 'Fizz' Fitzgerald
Joseph Scatley Joseph Scatley ... Sam Knight (as Joseph Scattley)
Richard Clifford ... Maitre D'
Chloe Howman Chloe Howman ... Iris Marle
Ruth Platt ... Rebecca Knight
Jack Fortune Jack Fortune ... Phillip McCain
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In this TV movie, a classic mystery is updated and relocated to a glamorous world of London socialites and secret agents, introducing two unique and compelling investigators and taking us through to the highest corridors of power.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 2003 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Agatha Christie: Cianuro espumoso See more »

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Production Co:

Company Pictures, Chorion See more »
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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Only Pauline and Oliver halfway save this film
22 August 2017 | by binapiraeusSee all my reviews

This is no doubt one of the most disastrous Agatha Christie adaptations ever made. Just like the 1980s' US TV movies ("Murder in Three Acts" and "Murder Is Easy" were the worst examples), it simply 'adapts' the action, the characters and everything else to the present, including the most hideous hairstyles and clothes. Not one bit of love or even respect for the First Lady of Crime shows throughout, and there's not even any suspense to speak of - in a murder mystery, if you please! The only ones who make something halfway decent out of this film are the protagonists, Pauline Collins and Oliver Ford Davies - it takes really great actors to deliver such performances in a film like this.


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