And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None

DVD - 2016
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Publisher: [United States] : Acorn Media, 2016
Branch Call Number: DVD ADULT FICTION
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (177 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Language Note: English audio


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Oct 23, 2017

This is one of the best mystery stories ever written. It has been filmed many times, but unfortunately none is satisfactory and worthy of the exceptional story. Considering the cast, I thought this may be it. However the screen play, by somebody named Sara Phelps (who goes on to do even more damage to The Witness for the Prosecution next), leaves a lot to be desired. If only they had stuck to the story as it was written!
So far the 1945 Rene Clair version, while not great, is the best we have.

A bit long and slow but otherwise rich and faithful to Christie's book (all but one or two filmed versions are based on the stage play version which has a different ending).

katbee Aug 18, 2017

This is a well done version of Agatha Christie's novel. At some points it is quite dark and graphic. You'll definitely be eager to finish it and find out who did it.

this is tv that has atmosphere. maeve dermody is a stunner. the interview with the adapter-writer is informative, and puts agatha in her true position on the world literary stage. didn't miss marple or poirot, in the least.

Jul 17, 2017

This is probably one of the most fascinating whodunnits ever written/staged/produced, and -in keeping with the book's original bleak ending- one of the darkest. BBC1 has generated something truly exquisite. Watching the three, one-hour-long episodes of 'And Then There Were None' was like a dream; I honestly don't remember blinking once, or even taking a single breath throughout my binge-watching. It's that good. The suspense will keep you rapt, the mystery will keep you guessing, and the brilliant performances of a stellar cast will keep you wanting more.

Jun 24, 2017

Enjoyed this adaptation of Christie's story much more than the compromised Hollywood versions of the 40's & 60's.

Jun 18, 2017

Well acted (love Sam Neill !) and the location was perfect, but it was way too long. I read the book a really long time ago, so I'm not sure how closely this followed the book (I suspect not very because of the language and such).

Jun 14, 2017

It looks good in terms of both the locations and period detail, and it has a good cast who play their parts well. However, there is a lot of unnecessary swearing (including the "f" word) that is definitely not a feature of Christie's novel nor seems likely from a group of middle-class and upper middle class folk in 1939. I know that the producers might not want to be seen as fuddy-duddy and so forth but the language jars and seems out of place. Another quibble is that one of the historical crimes committed by a character has been changed from the book in a way that saves the producers from having to finance a WW1 battlefield scene, but is simply implausible. Finally Aidan Turner is wandering about shirtless for a long scene in a way that would seem to be a a blatant attempt to cash in on his Ross Poldark appeal. For these reasons I give it three stars as opposed to the four I would give it otherwise.

Jun 12, 2017

Lots of "mood" scenes but little substance to fill the 3 hours (3 one-hour episodes).

May 21, 2017

Very good movie keeps you in suspence. A must if you like Agatha Christie.

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Nov 02, 2016

Tons of memorable lines, e.g.:

Whereabouts in the country?
-The Devon coast. Soldier Island.
I always think it's rather a weakness to be so affected by something in one's circumstances. Rather indulgent. Almost vain. We must be strong, Mrs. Rogers, especially in these times. We must be valiant...
and virtuous. We must be Englishwomen.
Although, you shouldn't call it a poem, Miss Claythorne. It's doggerel. Poetry should be uplifting.
She might look like the undead, but she can definitely cook.
Convention, Miss Claythorne, is what keeps us together in the face of impending chaos.
But why teach in a third-rate establishment producing third-rate girls? Barely worth your time and
effort, I would have thought.
I've had more than my fair share of lazy and vindictive staff.

Nov 02, 2016

Ten little Indian boys went out to dine;
One choked his little self and then there were nine.
Nine little Indian boys sat up very late;
One overslept himself and then there were eight.
Eight little Indian boys travelling in Devon;
One said he'd stay there and then there were seven.
Seven little Indian boys chopping up sticks;
One chopped himself in halves and then there were six.
Six little Indian boys playing with a hive;
A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.
Five little Indian boys going in for law;
One got in Chancery and then there were four.
Four little Indian boys going out to sea;
A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.
Three little Indian boys walking in the Zoo;
A big bear hugged one and then there were two.
Two little Indian boys sitting in the sun;
One got frizzled up and then there was one.
One little Indian boy left all alone;
He went and hanged himself and then there were none.


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