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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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Gilles Paquet-Brenner (screenplay by), Julian Fellowes (screenplay) | 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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Storyline

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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From the bestselling author of all time, comes one of her personal favourite thrillers.

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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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Julian Sands, Christian McKay, and Amanda Abbington are all "Agatha Christie veterans" and had previously appeared in TV renditions of Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple novels before working on this Christie film adaptation. See more »

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A regular dose of insulin is not administered into the vein. Doing it a few times a day would damage the patient's veins. 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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Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child
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A darker shade of Christie
11 April 2020 | by petra_steSee all my reviews

As a Christie fan who was not familiar with this particular story, this feels much bleaker than the average novel by Dame Agatha.

It's a competent whodunit, well-cast, well-performed. The second act feels a little slow, all the more because nearly every character is sour, bitter and miserable; they lack a certain variety in tone which could have made the dialogue more lively.

Still, it's a solid effort and I was genuinely surprised by the denouement, which I won't spoil.

6,5/10


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