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Agatha (1979)




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What happened when best-selling mystery novelist Agatha Christie disappeared for 11 days back in 1926? The British Agatha "answers" that question. Vanessa Redgrave is cast as Ms. Christie, who vanished from her home not long after her husband (Timothy Dalton) informed her that he was leaving her. Nearly two weeks later, after being the subject of a nationwide search, Christie showed up none the worse for wear at a health spa in Yorkshire, insisting that she could remember nothing of her experiences during her disappearance. According to scriptwriters Kathleen Tynan and Arthur Hopcraft, Christie was located before her return by American reporter Wally Stanton (an uncomfortable-looking Dustin Hoffman), after enjoying a brief romantic fling with the authoress. The journalist decided to keep his discovery a secret. Another plot wrinkle concerns Christie's plan for revenge against her errant husband -- a scheme with all the earmarks of a Miss Marple or Poirot whodunit. Agatha represented former TV director Michael Apted's matriculation to A-pictures with major stars; he fared better with his subsequent endeavor, Coal Miner's Daughter (1980).

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Dustin Hoffman
as Wally Stanton
Vanessa Redgrave
as Agatha Christie
Timothy Dalton
as Col. Archibald Christie
Helen Morse
as Evelyn Crawley
Timothy West
as Kenward
Tony Britton
as William Collins
Celia Gregory
as Nancy Neele
Alan Badel
as Lord Brackenbury
Paul Brooke
as John Foster
Carolyn Pickles
as Charlotte Fisher
Robert Longden
as Pettelson
Donald Nithsdale
as Uncle Jones
Yvonne Gilan
as Mrs. Braithwaite
David Hargreaves
as Sgt. Jarvis
Sandra Voe
as Therapist
Barry Hart
as Superintendent MacDonald
Liz Smith
as Flora
Tim Seely
as Capt. Rankin
Peter Arne
as Hotel Manager
Jill Summers
as Nancy's Aunt
John Joyce
as Hotel Waiter
Irene Sutcliffe
as Dress Shop Manageress
Hubert Rees
as Official at Literary Luncheon
Pamela Austin
as Pierrots
Howard Blake
as Hotel Trio
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Critic Reviews for Agatha

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (2)

A surprisingly glamorous, intoxicating entertainment.

May 9, 2017 | Full Review…

If Kathleen Tynan and the makers of "Agatha" had worked in that spirit -- had given us a droll and macabre black comedy -- the movie might have worked. They do not, and so it does not.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Even the seeker after that most honorable of movie pleasures -- a good time -- is likely to say, "Nice. But why bother?"

July 19, 2019 | Full Review…


August 22, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Hoffman at his best.

April 19, 2008 | Rating: 3/5

A curio item, an art film that wants to be commercial, this mild mystery (about Agatha Christie's disappearance) evoked expectations due to the high-caliber cast of tall Vanessa Redgrave and short Dustin Hoffman.

July 7, 2005 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Agatha


Agatha is a powerful drama that is brilliantly acted and directed. This is an engaging film experience that boasts a wonderful cast with a great story. Dustin Hoffman and Vanessa Redgrave truly shine here, and it is a film that will certainly delight classic film fans. Michael Apted's direction is fluent, and near perfect, and he can clearly craft a movie that stands out in terms of rich storytelling. I really thought that Agatha was a wonderful film, which based on a real life ordeal of famed crime author, Dame Agatha Christie. Vanessa Redgrave is spectacular and perfect in the lead role, and the rest of the cast fit nicely along Redgrave. What we have here is an entertaining film that is engaging from start to finish. The plot is interesting and compelling. There are things that could have been improved upon, and the script could clearly have been polished up a bit, but for what it is, it's a worthwhile film that is very good and is a must for viewers that enjoy a good drama. Agatha does fall short in some areas, like I've stated before, but it is nonetheless a picture that is held together with strong performances, and in the end, that's all that matters because what we have here is a film that overcomes its shortcomings by its cast. Sometimes that's all you need. Maybe one day they'll be a fully fledged, well detailed biopic on the life of Agatha Christie, until then, a film detailing a mysterious period of her life will suffice. Consideri8ng that Agatha Christie is such an icon of 20th century literature, you'd expect a slightly better film. Well, this is a good film, but it is flawed, and it could have been much better than the final product.

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