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Crooked House (2017)

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In Agatha Christie's most twisted tale, a spy-turned-private-detective is lured by his former lover to catch her grandfather's murderer before Scotland Yard exposes dark family secrets.

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Julian Fellowes (screenplay), Agatha Christie (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Max Irons ... Charles Hayward
Stefanie Martini ... Sophia de Haviland
Glenn Close ... Lady Edith de Haviland
Honor Kneafsey ... Josephine Leonides
Christina Hendricks ... Brenda Leonides
Terence Stamp ... Chief Inspector Taverner
Julian Sands ... Philip Leonides
Gillian Anderson ... Magda Leonides
Christian McKay ... Roger Leonides
Amanda Abbington ... Clemency Leonides
Preston Nyman ... Eustace Leonides
John Heffernan ... Laurence Brown
Jenny Galloway ... Nanny
David Kirkbride David Kirkbride ... Glover
Tina Gray ... Miss Ackroyd
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In this classic Agatha Christie detective story, former diplomat Charles Hayward has returned from Cairo to London to become a private detective. When Aristide Leonides, a wealthy and ruthless tycoon, is poisoned in his own bed, Detective Hayward is invited to solve the crime. As the investigation deepens he must confront the shocking realization that one of the key suspects is Aristede's beautiful granddaughter, his employer and former lover; and must keep a clear head to navigate the sultry Sophia and the rest of her hostile family.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

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English

Release Date:

21 November 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Casa Torta See more »

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$2,049,844, 3 May 2018
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Lady Edith says to Charles, "Sophia believes there's a Borgia living under this roof." The Borgias were a powerful family during the 15th and 16th centuries who were suspected of many crimes, notably murder by poisoning. Max Irons's (Charles Hayward) father Jeremy Irons played Rodrigo Borgia (aka Pope Alexander VI) in The Borgias (2011). See more »

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(At 01:35:09) The police puts the mug in a plastic bag as evidence, next shot shows Nanny and part of the mug is still visible on the floor. See more »

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Newsreel Announcer: Death of a legend. It is with sorrow that the country learned this week of the death of Aristide Leonides. Born in 1871, he arrived from Greece, aged 23, without a penny in his pocket, and opened his first restaurant that same year. The first hotel was ready for business not long after. His first wife, Lady Marcia de Haviland, died young. But Mr. Leonides wasn't alone at the end. He is survived by his young and lovely American widow, Brenda. Here is Mr. Leonides with his eldest ...
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References The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1937) See more »

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Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat minor
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Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Elegant, dark and so enjoyable!
5 November 2017 | by chiaradeciccoSee all my reviews

What I love about Agatha Christie novels is that under the elegance is always a dark secret. I read Crooked House many years ago, and I loved this adaptation. The scenes are beautifully set in the family's manor house and 50's London. The cast, from Glenn Close as the family matriarch to Max Irons, who does a great job as the young detective with an old soul, is excellent. They manage to make each character its own mystery, which contributes to the suspense as you try to figure out who the murderer is. The style makes it both typical of Christie and reminiscent of film noir, with a touch of Downton Abbey.


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