Actors: Peter Ustinov, Jonathan Cecil, Faye Dunnaway, Diane Keene
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about Thirteen at Dinner|
|All good things must come to an end. I beleive "Thirteen at Dinner" marks just that for Peter Ustinov's role as Poirot. His hair is now white and his moustache wonky. Based on Agatha Christie's "Lord Edgeware Dies", many of the characters have been changed into American movie stars which is completely wrong. David Suchet made his appearance as Japp, the stupid Inspector - It was probably this movie that made the LWT company decide to shortlist Suchet for Poirot in the ever-popular TV series. This story has since been made into a far better film starring David Suchet as Poirot. This tells the story of an old man named Lord Edgeware ho gets murdered. Focus is on his wife, but she has the perfect alibi. Then the butler disappears and there is another murder, then another... Poirot and Hasteings investigate. That is the plot - Read the book, it's great! The movie however would score 4 out of 10. The only reason it is still popular is the all star cast.
--Bert , Resident Scholar
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|Analysis of Thirteen at Dinner|
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Composition of Movie
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 50%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 50%
How difficult to spot villain?
- Moderately Challenging
Time/Era of Movie:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
- local police have IQ of houseplant
- private investigator
- short/standard wavy (man)
- fat (man)
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Secondary Main Character
- brunette (Brown)
- average build (man)
How much in movie?
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- White (American)
- Smarter than most other characters
Accounts of torture and death?
- non-gory references to death/punishment
How many deaths in film?
How much use of techno gadgets?
- 1 ()
Kind of violence:
Unusual forms of death
Is this movie based on a
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