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Appointment with Death (15-Apr-1988)

Director: Michael Winner

Writers: Peter Buckman; Anthony Shaffer; Michael Winner

From novel: Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie

Keywords: Mystery

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Lauren Bacall
16-Sep-1924 12-Aug-2014 Key Largo
Michael Craig
27-Jan-1928   Capt. John Anderson on Triangle
Carrie Fisher
21-Oct-1956 27-Dec-2016 Princess Leia in Star Wars
John Gielgud
14-Apr-1904 21-May-2000 Prospero's Books
Piper Laurie
22-Jan-1932   Catherine Packard in Twin Peaks
Hayley Mills
18-Apr-1946   The Parent Trap
Jenny Seagrove
4-Jul-1957   Jo Mills on Judge John Deed
David Soul
28-Aug-1943   Hutch on Starsky and Hutch
Peter Ustinov
16-Apr-1921 28-Mar-2004 British stage actor


Review by anonymous (posted on 4-Jul-2005)

The book was even more tortuous than most of Christie's works. However, director Winner did a good job in laying out the plot in an hour and about 45 minutes. The cast - hasbeens and wanna-be's, laboured meritoriously and created some moments of captivating cinema. The principals - Gielgud, Ustinov, Bacall, etc - gave solid performances. The newcomers gave some patchy performances - Hugh Brophy was smooth and commanding as the maitre d'. Like to see more of him. Amber Bezer was, on the other hand, extraordinarily clumsy - don't need to see any more of her. A lovely performance is turned in by Jenny Seagrove - the camera loved her and she is quietly beautiful throughout. Director Winner drew a great effort from her - rumour has it that they were very close on and off the set during the making of this slightly better than average Christie movie.

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