Dead Man's Folly (film)

Dead Man's Folly
Based on Dead Man's Folly novel by Agatha Christie
Written by Rod Browning
Directed by Clive Donner
Starring Peter Ustinov
Jean Stapleton
Constance Cummings
Tim Pigott-Smith
Jonathan Cecil
Music by John Addison
Country of origin United Kingdom
United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Neil Hartley
Cinematography Curtis Clark
Editor(s) Donald R. Rode
Running time 94 minutes
Production company(s) Warner Bros. Television
Distributor CBS
Original network CBS
Original release January 8, 1986 (1986-01-08)
Preceded by Thirteen at Dinner
Followed by Murder in Three Acts

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.

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.

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.


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:

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