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Five Little Pigs 

Lucy Crale enlists Poirot to investigate the 14-year-old murder in which her mother was hanged for poisoning her artist father.

Director:

Paul Unwin

Writers:

Agatha Christie (based on the novel by), Kevin Elyot (screenplay)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
Rachael Stirling ... Caroline Crale
Aidan Gillen ... Amyas Crale
Toby Stephens ... Philip Blake
Marc Warren ... Meredith Blake
Aimee Mullins ... Lucy Crale
Julie Cox ... Elsa Greer
Gemma Jones ... Miss Williams
Sophie Winkleman ... Angela Warren
Talulah Riley ... Young Angela
Patrick Malahide ... Depleach
Annette Badland ... Mrs. Spriggs
Roger Brierley Roger Brierley ... Judge
Richard Teverson ... Hollinghurst
Melissa Suffield Melissa Suffield ... Young Lucy
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Storyline

Fourteen years after her mother, Caroline Crale, was hanged for the murder of her artist father Amyas Crale, Lucy Crale asks Hercule Poirot to investigate her father's death. She is convinced that her mother was innocent but is prepared to accept the truth, whatever that may be. Poirot visits in turn all five persons present when the murder took place including Amyas' best friend, Philip Blake, who was visiting the Crales when Amyas was killed; Philip's brother Meredith from whom Caroline supposedly stole the poison used to kill her husband; Elsa Greer, who was sitting for a portrait and with whom Amyas was supposedly in love; Caroline's half sister Angela who despised Amyas but believed her sister to be innocent; and Miss Williams, the governess. Having heard the tale from five different perspectives, Poirot reunites them all to identify the murderer. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

14 December 2003 (UK) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (11 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Kodak Vision Color Negative Film)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Toby Stephens (Philip Blake) and Rachael Stirling's (Caroline Crale) respective mothers Maggie Smith and Diana Rigg starred together in another film based on an Agatha Christie novel: Evil Under the Sun (1982). See more »

Goofs

After accepting Lucy Crale's case, Poirot starts his investigations in the reading room at the British Museum. Though the series is set in the 30's, the modern glass ceiling is clearly visible in the background over Poirot's shoulder. See more »

Quotes

Hercule Poirot: Human nature has an infinite capacity to surprise.
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Connections

Referenced in Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Alice Blue Gown
(uncredited)
from the musical "Irene"
Music by Harry Tierney
Lyrics by Joseph McCarthy
Heard on a recording, sung by Edith Day
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"Human nature has an infinite capacity to surprise."
18 June 2008 | by bensonmum2See all my reviews

Finally! I've now seen all of the feature length installments of the Poirot movies featuring David Suchet. And wouldn't you know it - the last one I watch just happens to be one of the best of the entire series.

Five Little Pigs, which happens to benefit from staying fairly true to Agatha Christie's original work (at least as best as I can remember), is a poignant, gut-wrenching, and beautifully filmed movie. As Christie did in her novel, the mystery is told though a series of five interviews that flashback to that fateful day when a murder was committed. Director Paul Unwin handles this portion quite nicely. I was worried about all the hand-held shaky-cam, but it works well for the iffy memories of events of fourteen years previous. Even though I knew the outcome, I thought the mystery elements were well done. I think someone without knowledge of the plot would really enjoy this part of Five Little Pigs. The acting, other than the abysmal performance of Aimee Mullins as the adult Lucy, is more than acceptable. By now (or by 2003 at least), Suchet has grown in the role of Poirot to the point that I cannot imagine anyone else even attempting to do the character. Two other real highlights for me were the music (it's quite beautiful) and the photography (there are some gorgeous landscape shots throughout the movie). All together, an 8/10 seems about right by me. Had the adult Lucy not been so distractingly poorly played, I could have easily rated Five Little Pigs higher.


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