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Story

Angela Lansbury does the honors as Agatha Christie's determined sleuth, Miss Marple, in this adaptation of Christie's novel. A washed-up movie star (Elizabeth Taylor) is attempting to make a comeback but is driven to distraction by a mysterious event from her past. Also problematic for Taylor's struggling actress is a series of murders occurring with clockwork regularity in the quiet, 1950s English village where a film is being produced--killings that are all somehow connected to her. Despite the British backdrop, most of the suspects, including Rock Hudson, Kim Novak, and Tony Curtis, are American in this 1980 feature directed by Guy Hamilton (Evil Under the Sun). (At least Miss Marple's nephew, the redoubtable Inspector Craddock, is played by Edward Fox.) The bad news: this is a curiously flat, monotonous film, with a mystery hook that, sad to say, is among Christie's more familiar and predictable. Hamilton doesn't demand much of his largely ornamental cast, and they don't volunteer much to fill the void. Still, fans of Miss Marple and Christie, especially those with a burning hunger to see every film or television program based on the books, will want to check it out. This DVD edition is presented in the film's original widescreen format, and it includes television spots that were part of the film's marketing at the time of its theatrical release. --Tom Keogh

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Widescreen

Cast

Angela LansburyMiss Jane Marple
Charles GrayBates
Geraldine ChaplinElla Zielinsky
Tony CurtisMartin N. Fenn
Edward FoxInspector Craddock
Rock HudsonJason Rudd
Kim NovakLola Brewster
Elizabeth TaylorMarina Rudd

  • Genre: Mystery Movies
  • Director: Guy Hamilton
  • Producer: Anchor Bay
  • Length: 105 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaDec 19, 1980
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropePG
    AustraliaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 27, 2001
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