Agatha Christie's mysteries are known for their twisty plots, but this particular entry into the popular series of "Poirot" TV movies relies a little too heavily on surprises. Lord Edgware's (John Castle) refusal to grant his wife, Lady Jane Wilkinson Edgware (Helen Grace), a divorce is seriously hindering her pursuit of Lady Edgware's two passions: acting and titled lovers. Having already cuckolded Lord Edgware with her theatrical co-star Brian Martin (Dominic Guard), Lady Edgware sees no reason to prolong a loveless union. One night at a cabaret, she's introduced to Hercule Poirot (David Suchet), whose evening is ruined when American star Carlotta Adams (Fiona Allen) does a spot-on and not terribly flattering impression of the Belgian detective. Poirot agrees to speak to Lord Edgware on Lady Edgware's behalf, and Lord Edgware informs Poirot that he has already decided to grant his wife her freedom. While a jubilant Lady Edgware is off celebrating her impending liberty at a dinner party, a woman enters her home, stabs Lord Edgware to death, then walks out in full view of two retainers, both of whom swear that the murderess looked exactly like Lady Edgware. But she couldn't have done the foul deed: Lady Edgware was at the soiree, and since Lord Edgware changed his mind about divorce, she no longer had motive. Then, before Poirot can figure out who's who and what's what, Carlotta Adams swallows a fatal dose of poison. Poirot pores over Carlotta's correspondence looking for clues, and comes across an odd remark Lady Edgware made to a playwright one night at dinner. Before long, Poirot is scrutinizing yet another homicide. Although this whodunit boasts the series' typically elegant production design, the plot hinges on the rather cruel duping of the famous Belgian detective. In this case, it doesn't pay for the viewer to try and keep one step ahead of Hercule, and the mystery is consequently less satisfying than other Poirot entries.
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- Released: 2000
- Rating: NR
- Review: Agatha Christie's mysteries are known for their twisty plots, but this particular entry into the popular series of "Poirot" TV movies relies a little too heavily on surprises. Lord Edgware's (John Castle) refusal to grant his wife, Lady Jane Wilkinson Edgw… (more)