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Agatha and the Curse of Ishtar (2019)

On an archaeological dig in Iraq, author Agatha Christie uncovers a series of murders.


Sam Yates


Tom Dalton




Credited cast:
Waleed Elgadi ... Doctor Al-Memar
Jonah Hauer-King ... Max Mallowan
Bronagh Waugh ... Lucy
Lyndsey Marshal ... Agatha Christie
Rory Fleck Byrne ... Marmaduke / Lord Ponsonby
Jack Deam ... Leonard Woolley
Stanley Townsend ... Sir Constance
Crystal Clarke ... Pearl
Colin Farrell Colin Farrell ... Hutchins (as Col Farrell)
Katherine Kingsley Katherine Kingsley ... Katharine Woolley
Mark Lambert Mark Lambert ... Godfrey
Waj Ali ... Ezekiel
Daniel Gosling ... Hugo
Walles Hamonde ... Ahkam
Liran Nathan ... Faisal


Seeking escape and inspiration, Agatha Christie travels to Baghdad on an archaeological tour. What she finds is turmoil: the world's biggest oil field has just been discovered and Iraq's ancient treasures are under threat. Agatha also finds a charming, naive young archaeologist, Max, who needs her help as a series of murders unfold in the faded grandeur of the villa where they are staying. Has Agatha met her match? Written by AnonymusB

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Crime | Mystery | Romance


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Did You Know?


In her autobiography, Christie writes of her friend Katharine Woolley as being a fascinating character who was extremely demanding and rude, yet charming and well-spoken. Katharine was the inspiration for the murder victim Louise Leidner in Murder in Mesopotamia (1936). See more »


In the first scene with Agatha and some guests on a dinner table one of the male guests is smoking a filter cigarette. Although, the cigarette filter was invented in 1925, filter cigarettes were not introduced into the market until 1936. As the movie in located in 1928 there is no way filter cigarettes would have been available. See more »


Max Mallowan: Do I know you?
Agatha Christie: No, we've never met.
Max Mallowan: I'm sure we have.
Agatha Christie: Well, sometimes people think they've met me. It's an unfortunate consequence of being a bit famous.
Max Mallowan: [impressed] You're famous? Let me guess... You're the wife of a well-known politician?
Agatha Christie: [unimpressed] No. I'm not famous by marriage.
Max Mallowan: You're a well-known home-economist. Like Mrs. Beeton?
Agatha Christie: No, I'm not famous for my practical housekeeping.
Max Mallowan: I've got it. You're an actress!
[Agatha laughs]
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Crazy Credits

Disclaimer in end credits: "This film has not been endorsed, licensed or authorised by the estate of Agatha Christie or by Agatha Christie Limited." See more »


References Monkey Shines (1988) See more »

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Agatha and the Curse of Ishtar
16 December 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Channel 5 make another original Agatha Christie mystery movie featuring Agatha Christie turned crime investigator. This way they do not have to deal with any copyright issues relating to Marple or Poirot.

Agatha Christie (Lyndsey Marshal) has divorced her husband and gone to an Iraqi archaeological site to seek inspiration to write romance stories.

Instead she finds love with a younger man. Max Mallowan (Jonah Hauer-King) an archaeological assistant is found by Christie after he is shot. The real life Mallowan actually ended up marrying Christie.

Christie also stumbles into murder then a monkey who has been poisoned and later found hanged.

Of course this could easily be a Poirot mystery. The desert, Babylonian artefacts being looted, a tablet containing a curse, an arrogant American tycoon and oodles of death, but that character is under copyright.

So Christie and Mallowan try to unearth the killer and also find time for some hanky panky. At times it comes across as Carry on Follow that Camel with a randy couple on the excavation site and some double entendres.

This looks more expensive than last year's Agatha and the Truth of Murder. It has been filmed in Malta. It was also more playful and lighter in tone in than the previous movie. I am not convinced that it actually made it a better film. I think Marshal fitted the part better than the previous actress.

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