Agatha

This tantalizing tale posits what may have happened to the famed writer Agatha Christie during her real-life 11-day disappearance in 1926. What really happened? The world doesn't know and Dame Agatha never told.

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Genre:   Drama
Director:   Michael Apted
Writers:   Kathleen Tynan
Cast:   Dustin Hoffman, Vanessa Redgrave, Timothy Dalton, Helen Mors, Helen Morse, Tony Britton, Timothy West, Celia Gregory, Alan Badel
Theatrical Release Date:   02/09/1979
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Agatha
 
4.0

(based on 6 reviews)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Engaging characters (5)
  • Entertaining (4)
  • Great cinematography (4)
  • High production value (4)

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      5.0

      Ms. Redgrave is Stunning

      By Q at Koreanfilm.org

      from Berkeley, CA

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      Pros

      • Beautiful Setting
      • Engaging Characters
      • High Production Value

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          Comments about Agatha:

          A beautiful and unfairly forgotten film that purports to show what really happened during the still-unresolved 11-day disappearance of Agatha Christie. Vanessa Redgrave and Timothy Dalton are absolutely superb (great chemistry even though their roles are antagonistic, not surprising considering that they had been a real couple once). Alas, Dustin Hoffmann is not entirely convincing as Christie's romantic interest but still a very satisfying period mystery, ably directed by Michael Apted and sumptuously scored by the great movie song-writer Johnny Mandel. This one is a keeper.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Agatha Wide Screen

          By TJ

          from Tacoma, WA

          Comments about Agatha:

          I was expecting a VHS transfer. This is a very good DVD with widescreen ratio.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Agatha, a worthwhile film to watch more

          By Einstein

          from Colorado Springs, CO

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          Pros

          • Engaging Characters
          • Entertaining
          • Great Cinematography
          • Talented Acting

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            • At Home

            Comments about Agatha:

            This is an intriguing movie about an interesting, well-known author...offering the audience a speculative yet plausible story about 11 days of her life that have remained a mystery because Agatha conspicuously avoided ever talking about the episode, even in her autobiographical writings.
            The movie is worth watching, not only for the plot, but for the engaging performances by Vanessa Redgrave and Dustin Hoffman.

            (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Poor Quality dvd; High Quality Film

            By Disappointed Movie Fan

            from Indianapolis, IN

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            Pros

            • Engaging Characters
            • Entertaining
            • Great Cinematography
            • High Production Value

            Cons

            • Manufactured badly

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            • At Home

            Comments about Agatha:

            The film itself is excellent. In fact, it is one of my favorites. Unfortunately, the dvd is poorly made, and during the last 45 minutes the picture starts to deteriorate, and the disc jumps forward. Too bad it wasn't a "Remastered Edition". These seem to be the only Warner Archive dvds that play without any problems.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            A superb premise - period perfect.

            By The Vid

            from Colorado Springs

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            Pros

            • Engaging Characters
            • Entertaining
            • Great Cinematography
            • High Production Value
            • Informative
            • Original

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              • Home Theater

              Comments about Agatha:

              Visually and intellectually stimulating thanks to Redgrave's alluring presence as the introverted authoress. The production design is almost too fussy, and Hoffmann becomes something of a caricature, along with some schticky secondary characters, but the underlying concept overcomes all weaknesses. The central conceit is a brilliant one: that Christie's creative impulses made latent the prospect of her own death. Johnny Mandel contributes a superb, evocative music score, featuring the end-title song, "Close Enough for Love".

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              The Mystery of Agatha Christie

              By bsomers

              from New York, NY

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              Pros

              • Engaging Characters
              • Entertaining
              • Great Cinematography
              • High Production Value
              • Informative
              • Original

              Cons

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                • Perfect Gift

                Comments about Agatha:

                The film came out in the Spring of 1979 and unfortunately was a commercial flop. Then and now it is not easy to "sell" a film by adults and for adults. Dustin Hoffman also starred in KRAMER V. KRAMER later in the year and won the Best Actor Oscar. Perhaps AGATHA might have done better had it released after KRAMER?

                Redgrave is superb as the tortured novelist on the brink of commercial success and marital failure. Capturing her shyness, her fear, her desperation to keep her husband (Timothy Dalton in a small, effective role), and her sudden success as a novelist, Redgrave deserved an Oscar nom.

                The film was the first I believe to release after her infamous Oscar acceptance speech; hence the public's reluctance to stay away.

                Hoffman seems uncomfortable at first as an American journalist abroad but soon acquits himself to the role and the subtle emotional demands required.

                Amidst the drama and suspense within this gem of a film, the highpoint is Ms. Redgrave's plaintive singing the bittersweet "They Didn't Believe Me" as a tear rolls down her check.

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