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Ten Little Indians (1974)

Ein Unbekannter rechnet ab (original title)
PG | | Mystery, Thriller | 1974 (Italy)
Ten people are invited to a hotel in the Iranian desert, only to find that an unseen person is killing them one by one. Could one of them be the killer?

Director:

Peter Collinson

Writers:

Harry Alan Towers (screenplay) (as Peter Welbeck), Erich Kröhnke | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Aznavour ... Raven
Maria Rohm ... Elsa Martino
Adolfo Celi ... The General
Stéphane Audran ... Ilona (as Stephane Audran)
Alberto de Mendoza ... Martino
Richard Attenborough ... Judge Cannon
Gert Fröbe ... Blore (as Gert Froebe)
Herbert Lom ... Dr. Armstrong
Elke Sommer ... Vera Clyde
Oliver Reed ... Hugh Lombard
Orson Welles ... U. N. Owen (voice)
Teresa Gimpera ... Maria (credit only)
Rik Battaglia ... Vendedor (as Rick Battaglia) (credit only)
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Storyline

A group is invited, under false pretenses, to an isolated hotel in the Iranian desert. After dinner, a cassette tape accuses them all of crimes that they have gotten away with. One by one they begin to die, in accordance to the Ten Little Indians nursery rhyme. After a search is made of the hotel, they realize that the murderer is one of them. A few members of the group attempt to trust each other, but the question still remains, who can one trust? And who will leave the hotel alive? Written by Nick Johansen

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Taglines:

Agatha Christie, the greatest mystery-writer. "Ten Little Indians" her greatest mystery. See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | West Germany | France | Spain | UK | Iran

Language:

English | Italian | Spanish | German | French

Release Date:

1974 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Ten Little Indians See more »

Filming Locations:

Templo de Debod, Madrid, Spain See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(video) | (home cinema) | (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Gert Fröbe (Wilhelm Blore) ordered the death of Shirley Eaton in Goldfinger (1964). Shirley Eaton played Ann Clyde in Ten Little Indians (1965). See more »

Goofs

When the judge takes his final shot on the billiard table, there is only one ball left to pot, yet the audio clearly sounds as though the ball being potted makes contact with another ball (in addition to the cue ball). See more »

Quotes

Judge Arthur Cannon: Listen. If you are the killer, please tell me, I won't tell a soul.
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Cast, in the order of their disappearance: See more »

Connections

Version of Au théâtre ce soir: Dix petits nègres (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Dance In The Old Fashioned Way (Les Plaisirs Démodés)
(uncredited)
Composed and Performed by Charles Aznavour
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Odd update of Christie's classic
9 October 1999 | by foz-3See all my reviews

This pretty mediocre remake has a very strange feel to it. The main reason for this is the setting. Filming was done in a very plush Iranian hotel and the film was set in the present day rather than the 1930's. The result is a rather kitsch 1970's thriller and it would be interesting to see what Agatha Christie thought of it. The story needs very few actors to perform in the film which explains the reason why the producers were able to afford such an impressive cast list on an obviously tight budget. Interestingly, Charles Aznavour makes an appearance and unnecessarily plugs his (then) new single during the after-dinner scene. Thankfully, we are spared from any more of his singing because he dies shortly afterwards. On a passing note, one of the most amusing death scenes in cinema history is provided by Richard Attenborough who plays the judge.


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