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Ten Little Indians (1989)

Ten people are invited to go on an African safari, only to find that an unseen person is killing them one by one. Could one of them be the killer?

Director:

Alan Birkinshaw

Writers:

Agatha Christie (novel), Jackson Hunsicker (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Donald Pleasence ... Judge Wargrave
Brenda Vaccaro ... Marion Marshall
Frank Stallone ... Captain Lombard
Herbert Lom ... General Romensky
Sarah Maur Thorp Sarah Maur Thorp ... Vera Claythorne
Warren Berlinger ... Mr. Blore
Yehuda Efroni ... Dr. Werner
Neil McCarthy Neil McCarthy ... Anthony Marston
Moira Lister ... Mrs. Rodgers
Paul L. Smith ... Mr. Rodgers
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Rehash of classic Agatha Christie story about 10 people who believe they have won a trip to go on an African safari, but are soon killed off one by one by an unknown murderer. Written by Mike Hatchett <hatchetts13@webtv.net>

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Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agatha Christie's 'Ten Little Indians' See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Christopher Lee was offered the part of Wargrave. See more »

Goofs

When the survivors are burying the first victim, one of them comments that they "didn't even know" the person's name. However, during the accusation scene, all ten characters are present and all ten characters' full names are used. See more »

Quotes

General Romensky: In the end, I suppose, it does not matter what you did to people. It matters who you held
[indicates his heart]
General Romensky: here.
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Version of Ten Little Indians (1965) See more »

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Mad Dogs And Englishmen
Written, Performed and Produced by Noël Coward
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The only reason to watch this film is to earn the right to pan it.
8 December 2002 | by JoernSee all my reviews

For the most part this film is populated by some wonderful character actors.

Agatha Christie's original storyline is beyond reproach.

With building blocks like that to work with it's a wonder that director Alan Birkinshaw wasn't able to deliver something a little closer to the quality that thousands of Agatha Christie fans have come to expect. "Ten Little Indians" failed at nearly every level, from a poor script, to inept blocking and unimaginative camera angles, to cheap dime store sets and props, to trying to sensationalize Christie's wit by replacing it with crude graphic violence.

There have been other film adaptations of "Ten Little Indians" all of them head and shoulders above this one. On three prior occasions I've tried to sit through this film but without success. Today, just after having seen "And Then There Were None" (an excellent adaptation of "Ten Little Indians") Birkinshaw's version came on and I determined to sit through it all the way. My reward for that ordeal was to have the right to pan it publicly.


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