Dead Man's Folly

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  • NR
  • 1986
  • 1 hr 30 min
  • 6.3  (2,248)

Dead Man's Folly is a 1986 film adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel of the same name. It features renowned actor Peter Ustinov in his role as the legendary detective Hercule Poirot, and the movie is directed by Clive Donner. The film also stars Jean Stapleton as Mrs. Ariadne Oliver, and Constance Cummings as Lady Stubbs. The movie takes place at a country estate called Nasse House, where Mrs. Ariadne Oliver has been invited to organize a charity event. The event is a "Murder Hunt," where guests are tasked with finding clues about a fake murder mystery. But when a real murder takes place during the event, Poirot is called upon to solve the case.

As Poirot begins his investigation, he uncovers a web of lies, secrets, and hidden agenda among the guests. Among them are Lady Stubbs, the owner of Nasse House, and her husband, Sir George Stubbs, a famous politician. The other suspects include a former actress, a psychiatrist, a doctor, and various other guests who were attending the charity event.

As the plot thickens, Poirot works tirelessly to uncover the truth behind the murder. Throughout the investigation, Poirot is assisted by his friend, Ariadne Oliver, who is an accomplished crime writer herself. Together, they piece together clues and motives, leading them closer to the identity of the killer.

What makes Dead Man's Folly stand out from other Agatha Christie adaptations is its strong cast of characters. Peter Ustinov gives an excellent performance as Hercule Poirot, capturing the character's eccentricities and idiosyncrasies. He is perfectly complemented by Jean Stapleton, who brings charm and wit to the role of Ariadne Oliver.

Constance Cummings is also a standout, playing the role of Lady Stubbs with poise and grace. Her character is both enigmatic and sympathetic, making it difficult for the audience to guess her involvement in the murder.

The movie's cinematography is also noteworthy. The film takes place in a beautiful countryside estate with stunning views, and the camera work captures the lush surroundings perfectly. The score, composed by John Cameron, is equally impressive, adding an air of suspense and intrigue to the film's plot.

Dead Man's Folly is a classic whodunit that will keep fans of Agatha Christie engaged until the very end. The movie is well-paced, absorbing, and full of plot twists that will keep viewers guessing until Poirot finally reveals the identity of the killer. Overall, it is a recommended watch for fans of mystery, detective fiction, and fans of Peter Ustinov.

Dead Man's Folly is a 1986 crime movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 30 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.3.

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    6.3  (2,248)