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Ordeal by Innocence (1984)

Dr Calgary returns home from an expedition and goes looking for a hitchhiker whom he gave a lift to two years previously in order to return the man's address book. He discovers the man has been executed for his mother's murder.

Directors:

Desmond Davis, Alan Birkinshaw (uncredited)

Writers:

Agatha Christie (based on the novel by), Alexander Stuart (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Sutherland ... Dr. Arthur Calgary
Faye Dunaway ... Rachel Argyle
Christopher Plummer ... Leo Argyle
Sarah Miles ... Mary Durrant
Ian McShane ... Philip Durrant
Diana Quick ... Gwenda Vaughan
Annette Crosbie ... Kirsten Lindstrom
Michael Elphick ... Inspector Huish
George Innes ... Archie Leach
Valerie Whittington Valerie Whittington ... Hester Argyle
Phoebe Nicholls ... Tina Argyle
Michael Maloney ... Micky Argyle
Cassie Stuart ... Maureen Clegg
Anita Carey Anita Carey ... Martha Jessup
Ron Pember Ron Pember ... Ferryman
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Storyline

Paleontologist Dr. Arthur Calgary visits the Argyle family to give them an address book that belongs to Jack Argyle. But he is told that Jack has been executed for the murder of his wife. But the address book can prove that Jack was innocent, so Dr. Calgary starts the investigation all over. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Once the murder was solved, the real mystery began...

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Mystery | Thriller

Certificate:

AL | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 1985 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

A Forca para Um Inocente See more »

Filming Locations:

Dartmouth, Devon, England, UK

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Production Co:

London-Cannon Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The movie was "set in her [Agatha Christie's] favorite [English county] Devon from her favorite book" according to Halliwells. See more »

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Subtly evocative adult mystery
21 February 2010 | by john-1695See all my reviews

I'm quite amazed at the level of vitriol that this film seems to evoke. It's actually one of my favorite movies.

I find that Donald Sutherland's performance compelling and subtle and the visuals gorgeous. The choice of Dave Brubeck's music as a soundtrack, while challenging at times presents an fascinating counterpoint to the visual narrative.

Undoubtedly the film is unfaithful to the novel. I guess I've been around too long to care that much. Although I enjoy Christie, her *own* work was quite uneven (I can't even begin to count the holes in Mousetrap) so somehow I can't see her work as being as sacred as other reviewers.


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