Dead Man's Folly (1986)

TV Movie   |  Not Rated   |    |  Crime, Drama, Mystery

Dead Man's Folly (1986) Poster

During a murder hunt game at a country house, to which Hercule Poirot (Sir Peter Ustinov) is invited as an "expert", a real murder occurs.



  • Nicollette Sheridan in Dead Man's Folly (1986)
  • Peter Ustinov in Thirteen at Dinner (1985)
  • Peter Ustinov, Jonathan Cecil, Pippa Hinchley, and Jean Stapleton in Dead Man's Folly (1986)
  • Dead Man's Folly (1986)
  • Murder Is Easy (1982)
  • Dead Man's Folly (1986)

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2 September 2009 | scott-palmer2
| could have been much better
Thank God that at least ITV will soon remake this film with David Suchet-the REAL Poirot. Ustinov like always plays Poirot as the untidy, overweight and sloppy Columbo type character, and Clive Donner seems to be directing a comedy at times. The TV Poirots made with Ustinov are a bit more comedic (unlike the way Christie wrote them) than the cinema versions he appeared in. Unfortunately this film was made as a UK/US co-production and CBS TV was involved, hence the casting of Jean Stapleton-one of the worst performances ever-screaming hysterically at times and calling Poirot "Her-cu-lee." (Near the end of this film Ustinov says her instincts at times are "excessive and stupid," and later says to her "You irritate me."-like she irritates the viewer!!!).

However in spite of these flaws, Dead Man's Folly has a good many things going for it-the filming in England at the stately home, a decent script, fine camera-work and editing, and very good performances by Constance Cummings, Tim Piggot-Smith, Susan Wooldridge, Kenneth Cranham, Nicolette Sheridan, and Jimmy Gardner in the smallish role of Old Murdell.

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