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Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Mysterious Affair at Styles [1990 TV episode] (1990)

by Ross Devenish (Director)

Other authors: Hugh Fraser (Actor), Philip Jackson (Actor), David Suchet (Actor)

Series: Agatha Christie's Poirot (3.1)

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Set in the summer of 1917, the story follows the war-wounded Captain Arthur Hastings to the Styles St. Mary estate of his friend John Cavendish. The Cavendish household is wrought with tension due to the marriage of John's widowed mother to a suspicious younger man. Hastings runs into his old friend Hercule Poirot In the village. When the estate's trouble turns deadly, the friends unite to solve a most baffling case.… (more)
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Christie's first Poirot novel. This adaptation sticks closely to the book, leaving out a red herring or two. As usual, the visuals on the production are top notch, the audio mediocre (with no subtitles available) and the acting good. ( )
  wdwilson3 | Nov 23, 2021 |
Pretty faithful to the novel; it was the first full-novel adaptation, so permaybehaps they didn't feel they had earned the right to divagate too far from home base. A couple characters are tidied away in service of television pacing. It is an improvement, and in one case...Miss Buckley's childhood pal Freddie Rice's character...takes her from an object of pity to a tacky broad with the fate of one. There are no huge holes left by the pruning *except* the one that, having read the library's Kindle book just before rewatching the show, I noticed for the first time. It's really not huge, but it absolutely drove me as mad as the armhole of my sweater losing its serging and rubbing my armpit. No way to get fully comfy after that. Nick Buckley sits with Poirot and Hastings on their hotel's terrace; she bats away a wasp from her face, complaining of how brazen the beasts are; Poirot finds, after she's left, that her forgotten hat has a hole in the brim whereupon he finds a bullet that was shot at her.

BY WHOM?!?

Never addressed again. In the book, it's Freddie's awful husbeast who does the shooting at Miss Buckley but he's been handwaved away! Boo hiss careless writers!


Still, it took me reading then watching back-to-back to catch it, so maybe it wasn't that bad.

Yes it was. The half-star stays gone. ( )
  richardderus | Jun 10, 2020 |
I have to be honest. I am only listening to this book because it is a short book and I only have 5 weeks left to meet my book goals this year. Otherwise I would have abandoned it after an hour. It isn't a bad book. This type of mystery novel - where the main character goes on and on and on about why so-and-so is or isn't guilty - just isn't my thing. ( )
  dyeabolical | Jul 4, 2013 |
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Fraser, HughActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jackson, PhilipActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Set in the summer of 1917, the story follows the war-wounded Captain Arthur Hastings to the Styles St. Mary estate of his friend John Cavendish. The Cavendish household is wrought with tension due to the marriage of John's widowed mother to a suspicious younger man. Hastings runs into his old friend Hercule Poirot In the village. When the estate's trouble turns deadly, the friends unite to solve a most baffling case.

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