And Then There Were None (1974 film)


And Then There Were None (1974 film)

Infobox Film
name = And Then There Were None


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director = Peter Collinson
producer = Harry Alan Towers
writer = Novel:
Agatha Christie
Screenplay:
Harry Alan Towers (as "Peter Welbeck")
Uncredited:
Enrique Llovet
narrator =
starring = Charles Aznavour
Stéphane Audran
Elke Sommer
Gert Fröbe
music = Carlo Rustichelli
cinematography = Fernando Arribas
editing = John Trumper
Gabrielle Reinecke
Mike Crowley
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released = 1974
runtime = 98 min.
country = France / Spain / Germany / Italy
language = English
budget =
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amg_id = 1:49019
imdb_id = 0072263

"And Then There Were None" (a.k.a. "Ten Little Indians") is a 1974 film version of the Agatha Christie mystery novel of the same name. Two previous theatrical adaptations were released in 1945 and 1965, and a made-for-television version was broadcast in 1959. This was the second of three versions of Christie's novel to be adapted to the screen by producer Harry Alan Towers; the aforementioned 1965 version, this one is 1974, and yet another in 1989. It follows the script of the 1965 version, though this particular adaptation is set in an abandoned hotel in the Iranian desert; the film was shot in the Shah Abbas Hotel in Iran during its pre-revolution days. The film's run time is an hour and thirty-eight minutes and it is the first film version of the novel to be filmed in color.

Herbert Lom, who plays Dr. Armstrong here, also starred in the 1989 version as the General.

Both Celi and Froebe had already played villains in the James Bond series.

In the opening credits the screenplay is credited only to "Peter Welbeck" (a pseudonym of producer Towers), but the IMDB attributes the script to Welbeck, Erich Krohnke, and Enrique Lovet. The film was directed by Peter Collinson.

Plot

The plot remains essentially the same as the novel during the first part, though some of the characterizations are based more closely on the script of the 1965 film. However, the ending is totally different. Another departure from Christie's text is that this time the action takes place not on a deserted island, but in a hotel deep within the Iranian desert.

A group of 10 people, strangers to one another, have all traveled to a hotel located deep in the deserts of Iran. Upon arrival they discover that their host is mysteriously absent. Though some find this odd, they decide to make the best of the situation and settle into the isolated-but-luxurious hotel. But soon they are accused by a tape recording of having committed various crimes in the past which went unpunished by the law. Then one victim dies of poisoning. Suicide? Maybe, maybe not. When someone else is found strangled to death, the remaining guests deduce that their unseen "host" is determined to murder them one at a time for their past misdeeds. And since a search of the hotel proves that there is no one hiding among them, they realize that the murderer is, in fact, one of their own.

Credits

*"Director": Peter Collinson
*"Writers": Agatha Christie (novel), Harry Alan Towers and Enrique Llovet (uncredited) (screenplay).
*"Producers": Harry Alan Towers (producer) Harry Benn (associate), Tibor Reves (associate), Juan Estelrich (associate), Josè Maria Tapiador (designer), and Nicholas Wentworth (manager).
*"Musicians": Carlo Rustichelli (uncredited) and Bruno Nicolai
*"Cinematographer": Fernando Arribas
*"Editors": John Trumper, Gabrielle Reinecke, and Mike Crowley
*"Sound": Mike Le Mare (supervising sound editor), Peter Offer, Trevor Pyke (re-recorder), Ivan Sharrock (production mixer)

Cast

"And Then There Were None" was led by a stellar cast, including
*Charles Aznavour as Michel Raven
*Stéphane Audran as Ilona Morgan
*Elke Sommer as Vera Clyde
*Gert Fröbe as Wilhelm Blore
*Herbert Lom as Dr Edward Armstrong
*Oliver Reed as Hugh Lombard
*Richard Attenborough as Judge Arthur Cannon
*Orson Welles as the Voice on the TapeCo-starring
*Maria Rohm as Elsa Martino
*Alberto de Mendoza as Otto Martino
*Adolfo Celi as General André Salvé

External links

*imdb title|id=0072263|title=And Then There Were None
*imdb title|id=0072263|title=And Then There Were None

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