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Murder in Three Acts (1986)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Movie 30 September 1986
Hercule Poirot (Sir Peter Ustinov) attends a dinner party in which one of the guests clutches his throat and suddenly dies. The cause seems to be natural until another party with most of the same guests produces another corpse.

Director:

Gary Nelson

Writers:

Agatha Christie (novel), Scott Swanton (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Ustinov ... Hercule Poirot
Tony Curtis ... Charles Cartwright
Emma Samms ... Egg
Jonathan Cecil ... Hastings
Fernando Allende ... Ricardo Montoya
Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Col. Mateo (as Pedro Armendariz)
Lisa Eichhorn ... Cynthia Dayton
Dana Elcar ... Dr. Strange
Frances Lee McCain ... Miss Milray
Marian Mercer ... Daisy Eastman
Diana Muldaur ... Angela Stafford
Nicholas Pryor ... Freddie Dayton
Concetta Tomei ... Janet Crisp
Jacqueline Evans Jacqueline Evans ... Mrs. Babbington
Ángeles González Ángeles González ... Housekeeper (as Angeles Gonzalez)
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Storyline

Hercule Poirot's (Sir Peter Ustinov's) assistant, Captain Arthur Hastings (Jonathan Cecil), calls him down to Acapulco, Mexico, where he can write his memoirs, but Hastings drags him to a party populated with Hastings' new friends. There's Janet Crisp (Concetta Tomei), the writer, Daisy Eastman (Marian Mercer) and her daughter "Egg" (Emma Samms), Ricardo Montoya (Fernando Allende), Dr. Strange (Dana Elcar), Miss Milray (Frances Lee McCain) the housekeeper, and Charles Cartwright (Tony Curtis) the famous American actor. But at the party another guest, Reverend Babbington (Philip Guilmant), dies from poisoning and when Dr. Strange also dies from poisoning, Poirot must swing into action before the serial killer strikes again. Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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Taglines:

Movie Stars. Martinis. Murder. All in Romantic Acapulco.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Убийство в трёх актах See more »

Filming Locations:

Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The setting has been transferred to Acapulco, and the character of Mr. Satterthwaite was replaced by Hercule Poirot (Sir Peter Ustinov) regular Captain Arthur Hastings (Jonathan Cecil). See more »

Goofs

The first murdered victim is named "Stephen Babbington". However, when Mrs Eastman is talking with Mrs. Dacres in Mrs. Dacres' shop, he is referred to as "Richard". See more »

Quotes

Hercule Poirot: Have you ever noticed a secret passage that does not start in the library?
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Connections

Followed by Appointment with Death (1988) See more »

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The Old Switcheroo
15 December 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Agatha Christie's Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot and his ever faithful Tonto like companion Captain Hastings are in Acapulco for Murder In Three Acts. As you gather by the title their are three murders, but their connection to each other is in some cases non-existent and to the murderer they are known in varying degrees of acquaintanceship.

The first is of a clergyman Philip Guilmant at a cocktail party given by retired expatriate actor Tony Curtis when a lethal cocktail is given the victim. At another cocktail party with a different setting the same happens to Dr. Dana Elcar. Lastly a poor catatonic woman in an asylum is slipped a box of chocolates laced with the same poison. The old switch is used like in many a magician's act.

Peter Ustinov as Poirot is present at the first and that was the perpetrator's fatal mistake. As Dana Elcar says all too prophetically for him, crime seems to follow him around.

Agatha Christie purists will object to the way poor Jonathan Cecil is treated like such a boob. He's not in the David Suchet BBC series. It's very much like Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson who slowly became a befuddled idiot in the Universal Sherlock Holmes movies.

Still the film is all right not up to the standard of Ustinov big screen Hercule Poirot films. And the murderer when revealed truly steals the film.

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