While spending the weekend at his cottage outside London, Hercule Poirot is invited to dinner by Sir Henry and Lady Angkatell. Leaving immediately after dinner, he returns the next day to find that a weekend guest, John Christo, has been shot dead. There is any number of suspects: his former lover, Veronica Cray whom he had not seen for 12 years but suddenly turned up at a nearby cottage; his wife, Gerda who was deeply hurt by his womanizing; his current mistress Henrietta Savernake; Midge Hardcastle, who was very much in love with him, but whom he constantly ignored; and Edward Angkatell, who was in love with Midge. What Poirot finds however is that the evidence equally implicates everyone just a little too equally for it all to be just by chance.Written by
The Yggdrasil doodle looks exactly like it does in the book See more »
Outside the Coroners' Court at the Inquest, the sign is displayed without an apostrophe. This is a modern day 'simplification' and is unlikely to have been portrayed that way in the generic time period 1920s to 50s the film is set in. See more »
Aren't you an artist too, Mr. Poirot?
On the whole, I would say... no. Oh, I have known crimes that were artistic; ingenious exercises of the imagination; but the solving of them, no. No, the creative power is not what is needed. What is required is a passion for the truth.
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I really love the book and the TV adaptation is truthful and is nearly perfect in how I imagined the characters and the settings. The casting was perfect overall, only Sarah Miles as Lady Angkatell was terribly miscast. I loved Lucy Angkatell in the book, she is a very original character, airy, charming, elegant, etc. Sarah Miles´ lady Angkatell was like (and looked like) a mad housekeeper. No charm, no lightness, no elegance, heavy-handed. When the story started and she wandered into Midge´s room in the morning, I was horrified and said: THIS cant be Lucy Angkatell, no way. Unfortunately, she was. She really looked like a house-keeper or a mad relative you keep in your home out of pity. No elegance, no charm, no wit. Awful casting.
I liked the others (the actors who portrayed the characters), Edward was perfect, just how I imagined him. Henrietta was ok, and Veronica Cry was proper hollywood-type beautiful. Midge was good, Gerda was perfection. Gudgeon was really good, but too young, I imagined him older a bit.
I liked the settings, but more the outdoor country than the inside.
I enjoyed this adaptation as the book is one of my favorites. David Suchet as Poirot is the best, altough he was not pivotal to the story. As someone mentioned, this is more of a drama than a detective story.
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