Murder In Three Acts

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Hercule Poirot (Sir Peter Ustinov) attends a dinner party in which one of the guests clutches his throat and suddenly dies. The cause seems to be natural until another party with most of the same guests produces another corpse.

ACTORS :  Peter Ustinov, Tony Curtis, Emma Samms

YEAR OF RELEASE :  1986

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Murder In Three Acts  Hercule Poirot’s (Sir Peter Ustinov’s) assistant, Captain Arthur Hastings (Jonathan Cecil), calls him down to Acapulco, Mexico, where he can write his memoirs, but Hastings drags him to a party populated with Hastings’ new friends. There’s Janet Crisp (Concetta Tomei), the writer, Daisy Eastman (Marian Mercer) and her daughter “Egg” (Emma Samms), Ricardo Montoya (Fernando Allende), Dr. Strange (Dana Elcar), Miss Milray (Frances Lee McCain) the housekeeper, and Charles Cartwright (Tony Curtis) the famous American actor. But at the party another guest, Reverend Babbington (Philip Guilmant), dies from poisoning and when Dr. Strange also dies from poisoning, Poirot must swing into action before the serial killer strikes again.

Ustinov is highly entertaining as Poirot

Murder In Three Acts  Peter Ustinov is an absolute joy to behold in the role of Hercule Poirot. He played Poirot in three theatrical films: Death On the Nile, Evil Under the Sun, and Appointment With Death. He also played Poirot in three TV movies: Thirteen At Dinner, Murder in Three Acts, and Dead Man’s Folly. It’s always a delight to spend time with Ustinov’s Poirot. He’s so much fun! The three Poirot TV movies starring Ustinov are now available in a three DVD set. I’ve had a great time watching these with friends and family and all of Ustinov’s Poirot movies are worth watching and re-watching. My deep affection for Ustinov’s Poirot grows with each viewing. He’s brilliant and each of his Poirot movies are fantastic fun.

Enjoyable Whodunit

 

This is a fine movie. Watching Peter Ustinov play Poirot is always a treat. The dialogue between him and Hastings provides adequate humor. And the Agatha Christie whodunit puzzle is fairly good.

The film suffers though when compared to two previous Ustinov films: “Death On The Nile”, and “Evil Under The Sun”, both of which were grand and stately big-budget theatrical productions. By contrast, “Murder In Three Acts” is a made-for-TV movie, and therefore seems small and cheap. The scenery, the music, and the casting cannot compete.

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