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Sparkling Cyanide (2003)

In this TV movie, a classic mystery is updated and relocated to a glamorous world of London socialites and secret agents, introducing two unique and compelling investigators and taking us through to the highest corridors of power.

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Tristram Powell

Writers:

Laura Lamson (screenplay), Agatha Christie (from the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pauline Collins ... Dr. Catherine Kendall
Oliver Ford Davies ... Col. Geoffrey Reece
Kenneth Cranham ... George Barton
Jonathan Firth ... Mark Drake
Susan Hampshire ... Lucilla Drake
Clare Holman ... Alexandra Farraday
James Wilby ... Stephen Farraday
Lia Williams ... Ruth Lessing
Rachel Shelley ... Rosemary Barton
Justin Pierre Justin Pierre ... Carl 'Fizz' Fitzgerald
Joseph Scatley Joseph Scatley ... Sam Knight (as Joseph Scattley)
Richard Clifford ... Maitre D'
Chloe Howman Chloe Howman ... Iris Marle
Ruth Platt ... Rebecca Knight
Jack Fortune Jack Fortune ... Phillip McCain
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In this TV movie, a classic mystery is updated and relocated to a glamorous world of London socialites and secret agents, introducing two unique and compelling investigators and taking us through to the highest corridors of power.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 2003 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Agatha Christie: Cianuro espumoso See more »

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Company Pictures, Chorion See more »
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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Can I have two hours of my life back, please?
6 August 2011 | by wadsy333See all my reviews

Say what you will about Agatha Christie's prose, but at least she could cobble together a reasonable plot. There were some dreadful Christie movies made in the 1970's and 80's, mainly for the US market. However, more recent treatments for UK TV starring Joan Hickson as Marple and David Suchet as Poirot lifted the game somewhat.

Sparkling Cyanide was far from being Christie's worst book. This movie, on the other hand, is a strong contender for worst adaptation of one of her books.

The dialogue is so stilted that even Christie would blush and the clunking efforts to modernise the story are cringe-making. The writers clearly thought the idea of retired people using mobile phones and email so original that it should serve as a major plot line. The lead actors are miscast and, at times, look as if they are mentally firing their agents as the execrable dialogue sticks in their throats.

The script is leaden, the plot turgid and the final product shameful. Avoid.


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