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Dead Mans Folly (film)

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Director  Clive Donner
Prequel  Thirteen at Dinner
Story by  Agatha Christie
Country  United Kingdom United States
6.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Crime, Mystery, Drama
Sequel  Murder in Three Acts
Language  English
Dead Mans Folly (film) movie poster
Release date  8 January 1986 (1986-01-08)
Writer  Agatha Christie (novel), Rod Browning (teleplay)
Cast  Peter Ustinov (Hercule Poirot), Jean Stapleton (Ariadne Oliver), Constance Cummings (Amy Folliatt), Tim Pigott-Smith (Sir Stubbs), Jonathan Cecil (Hastings), Kenneth Cranham (Insp. Bland)
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Dead Man's Folly is a 1986 British-American made-for-television mystery film featuring Agatha Christie's Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. It is based on Christie's novel Dead Man's Folly. The film was directed by Clive Donner and starred Peter Ustinov as Poirot.


Dead Mans Folly (film) movie scenes

The cast included Jean Stapleton, Jonathan Cecil, Constance Cummings and Nicollette Sheridan. It was shot largely on location at West Wycombe Park in Buckinghamshire, England.

Dead Mans Folly (film) movie scenes

Agatha christie s dead man s folly 1986 cbs movie promo

Plot introduction

Hercule Poirot and his associate, Captain Hastings, are called in by his eccentric mystery author friend, Ariadne Oliver, to a manor house in Devon. Oliver is organizing a "Murder Hunt" game for a local fair to be held at Nass House, but she is troubled by something she cannot quite put her foot on.

Things take a turn for the worse when during the "Murder Hunt" the girl playing the "dead" body is murdered for real. Soon afterwards, the lady of the manor mysteriously disappears and an old man's body is pulled from the river. Poirot must discover who and what are behind these seemingly unconnected events.


  • Peter Ustinov - Hercule Poirot
  • Jean Stapleton - Ariadne Oliver
  • Constance Cummings - Amy Folliat
  • Tim Pigott-Smith - Sir George Stubbs
  • Jonathan Cecil - Captain Arthur Hastings
  • Kenneth Cranham - Detective Inspector Bland
  • Susan Wooldridge - Amanda Brewis
  • Christopher Guard - Alec Legge
  • Jeff Yagher - Eddie South
  • Nicollette Sheridan - Hattie Stubbs (as Nicolette Sheridan)
  • Ralph Arliss - Michael Weyman
  • Caroline Langrishe - Sally Legge
  • Alan Parnaby - The Boatman
  • Ustinov as Poirot

    Dead Man's Folly was Peter Ustinov's fourth portrayal of Christie's Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. Ustinov played Poirot in a total of six films:

  • Death on the Nile (1978) – theatrical film
  • Evil Under the Sun (1982) – theatrical film
  • Thirteen at Dinner (1985) – TV film
  • Dead Man's Folly (1986) – TV film
  • Murder in Three Acts (1986) – TV film
  • Appointment with Death (1988) – theatrical film
  • References

    Dead Man's Folly (film) Wikipedia
    Dead Mans Folly (film) IMDb Dead Mans Folly (film)

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