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Crooked House (2017)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 21 November 2017 (USA)
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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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UK | USA

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English

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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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Trivia

In his first meeting with Charles, Eustace makes reference to there being "a cat among the pigeons" within the mansion. This is an insider reference to another Agatha Christie work, filmed for TV, Poirot: Cat Among the Pigeons (2008). Amanda Abbington (Clemency) played a role in that adaptation, as well. See more »

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In the extras, Simon Bowles asserts that Crooked House (1949) is the last novel written before Christie's death that didn't employ Miss Marple or Poirot. In fact, the following 10 novels were published after Crooked House without Marple or Poirot: They Came to Baghdad (1951) A Daughter's a Daughter (1952 as Mary Westmacott) Destination Unknown (1954 aka "So Many Steps to Death") The Burden (1956 as Mary Westmacott) By the Pricking of My Thumbs (1958) Ordeal by Innocence (1958) and The Pale Horse (1961) although Marple is artificially placed in these itv adaptations she does not appear in the original works) Endless Night (1967) Passenger to Frankfurt (1970) Postern of Fate (1973) 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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Published by Sony EMI
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Keep on guessing
20 August 2018 | by danielle_davis94See all my reviews

I love Agatha Christie's works, and I sometimes love the TV or movie adaptations, in this case, LOVED IT. It's so easy in a film to give away plot elements by focusing too much on certain characters but in this one (one of the few books I hadn't read) I was constantly kept guessing at who the murder was, which is essential in a Christie adaptation, the whole point is to be guessing until the last chapter, or in this case scene, which the film did beautifully. Every single character had a motive or motives to be the murderer and they portrayed that really well, in some films it's really obvious that they are only focusing on one or two people and then throw you a curve ball and present a character that has two minutes screen time and no real personality, and you leave feeling cheated because you never could have guessed or figured it out yourself. The best part in this film was that moment, when the murderer was revealed and I thought 'Of course, I should have seen that'.


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