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Agatha and the Curse of Ishtar (2019)

On an archaeological dig in Iraq, author Agatha Christie uncovers a series of murders.


Sam Yates


Tom Dalton


Credited cast:
Jonah Hauer-King ... Max Mallowan
Lyndsey Marshal ... Agatha Christie
Bronagh Waugh ... Lucy
Rory Fleck Byrne ... Marmaduke / Lord Ponsonby
Crystal Clarke ... Pearl
Jack Deam ... Leonard Woolley
Stanley Townsend ... Sir Constance
Colin Farrell Colin Farrell ... Hutchins (as Col Farrell)
Katherine Kingsley ... Katharine Woolley
Waj Ali ... Ezekiel
Mark Lambert Mark Lambert ... Godfrey
Walles Hamonde ... Ahkam
Waleed Elgadi ... Doctor Al-Memar
Liran Nathan ... Faisal
Daniel Gosling ... Hugo
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Seeking escape and inspiration, Agatha Christie travels to Baghdad on an archaeological tour. What she finds is turmoil: the world's biggest oil field has just been discovered and Iraq's ancient treasures are under threat. Agatha also finds a charming, naive young archaeologist, Max, who needs her help as a series of murders unfold in the faded grandeur of the villa where they are staying. Has Agatha met her match? Written by AnonymusB

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Mystery | Romance


Did You Know?


Biographies often record that Agatha Christie met Max Mallowan for the first time in 1930. This is untrue. Like the time-line of this film, she met him on her trip to Ur in November 1928. He was 'unwell'. Whether this was because he'd been shot, history doesn't relate... See more »


In the first scene with Agatha and some guests on a dinner table one of the male guests is smoking a filter cigarette. Although, the cigarette filter was invented in 1925, filter cigarettes were not introduced into the market until 1936. As the movie in located in 1928 there is no way filter cigarettes would have been available. See more »


Max Mallowan: Do I know you?
Agatha Christie: No, we've never met.
Max Mallowan: I'm sure we have.
Agatha Christie: Well, sometimes people think they've met me. It's an unfortunate consequence of being a bit famous.
Max Mallowan: [impressed] You're famous? Let me guess... You're the wife of a well-known politician?
Agatha Christie: [unimpressed] No. I'm not famous by marriage.
Max Mallowan: You're a well-known home-economist. Like Mrs. Beeton?
Agatha Christie: No, I'm not famous for my practical housekeeping.
Max Mallowan: I've got it. You're an actress!
[Agatha laughs]
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Crazy Credits

Disclaimer in end credits: "This film has not been endorsed, licensed or authorised by the estate of Agatha Christie or by Agatha Christie Limited." See more »


Followed by Agatha and the Midnight Murders (2020) See more »

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Not your standard TV Movie
16 December 2019 | by raeiaphadeSee all my reviews

After tuning in to watch what I thought would be your usual Agatha Christie take, I was pleasantly surprised by something different that definitely stands out from the crowd.

Brilliantly directed by Sam Yates, the shots looked well thought out and added to the classier finish of production you don't tend to find on your evening foray threw the channels.

Part romance, part murder mystery, this film was absolutely worth my time and I thoroughly recommend it; by and large for the stellar performances by the cast, especially the leads in Lyndsey Marshal and Jonah Hauer King who harboured a wonderful chemistry throughout.

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