Review: ‘Agatha’

Billed as 'an imaginary solution to an authentic mystery', Kathleen Tynan's original story fills in the gaps of Agatha Christie's well-publicized disappearance in 1926.

Billed as ‘an imaginary solution to an authentic mystery’, Kathleen Tynan’s original story fills in the gaps of Agatha Christie’s well-publicized disappearance in 1926.

Christie, portrayed by Vanessa Redgrave in superlative fashion, is confronted with the breakdown of her marriage to war hero Timothy Dalton, who is prepared to marry his secretary (Celia Gregory). She flees to a remote health spa, where she sets in motion a unique form of revenge, while thousands scour the British countryside for some sign of her.

Enter Dustin Hoffman as a celebrated American journalist. He, too, joins the search, at first with the idea of a story, and then pursuing more romantic notions.

Director Michael Apted has perfectly recaptured the mood of post-World War I Britain, and the film is gorgeously photographed by Italian cinematographer Vittorio Storaro.

Agatha packs a surprise twist that the real Agatha Christie might have envied.

1979: Nomination: Best Costume Design




Warner/First Artists. Director Michael Apted; Producer Jarvis Astaire, Gavrik Losey; Writer Kathleen Tynan, Arthur Hopcraft; Camera Vittorio Storaro Editor Jim Clark; Music Johnny Mandel Art Shirley Russell


(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1979. Running time: 98 MIN.


Dustin Hoffman Vanessa Redgrave Timothy Dalton Helen Morse Celia Gregory Paul Brooke
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