Ordeal by Innocence (1985) - Rotten Tomatoes

Ordeal by Innocence (1985)





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Based on the novel by Agatha Christie and set in the late 1950s, this unevenly told film starts when Dr. Arthur Calgary (Donald Sutherland) comes back to England after two years on an Antarctic expedition and discovers that the man he is searching for has been executed for murder. At the beginning of his expedition he had given a ride one night to a hitchhiker and accidentally ended up with his address book. To his horror, the hitchhiker's mother was killed on that night, and he had been the alibi that would have saved him from execution. Spurred on by his sense of shock and guilt, Calgary makes contact with the family and is put off by their disinterest in finding the real killer. It seems that the mother had many enemies among her close family members: her husband was having an affair, there was a blackmail scheme in the works, and many felt that she had already excluded them from any inheritance. Although the acting is uneven and the plot may seem predictable or contrived to non-Christie readers, the story retains interest, and Dave Brubeck's jazz score adds a special dimension to the proceedings.


Donald Sutherland
as Dr. Arthur Calgary
Faye Dunaway
as Rachel Argyle
Ian McShane
as Philip Durrant
Sarah Miles
as Mary Durrant
Diana Quick
as Gwenda Vaughan
Annette Crosbie
as Kirsten Lindstrom
Michael Elphick
as Inspector Huish
Phoebe Nicholls
as Tina Argyle
George Innes
as Archie Leach
Valerie Whittington
as Hester Argyle
Phoebe Nichols
as Tina Argyle
Michael Maloney
as Micky Argyle
Cassie Stuart
as Maureen Clegg
Anita Carey
as Martha Jessup
Ron Pember
as Ferryman
Kevin Stoney
as Solicitor
John Bardon
as Night Porter
Brian Glover
as Executioner
Billy McColl
as Jacko Argyle
Rex Holdsworth
as Police Doctor
Martyn Townsend
as Detective
Doel Luscombe
as Prison Governor
Alex Porwal
as Young Policeman
Roberta McBain
as Hotel Manager
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Ordeal by Jazz would be a better title for this wintery Agatha Christie adaptation...

February 24, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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