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The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax (1999)

TV-PG | | Drama, Mystery | TV Movie 20 May 1999
When her doctor recommends that a widow pursue her unfulfilled life ambitions, he doesn't realize that she has always wanted to be a spy. Sending a letter to her congressman gets her an ... See full summary »

Director:

Anthony Pullen Shaw (as Anthony Shaw)

Writers:

Dorothy Gilman (novel), Robert T. Megginson (teleplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Angela Lansbury ... Mrs. Emily Pollifax
Thomas Ian Griffith ... Jack Farrell
Ed Bishop ... Carstairs
Paul Birchard Paul Birchard ... Bishop
Michelle Read Michelle Read ... Alice
Tommy O'Neill Tommy O'Neill ... Franz
Paul Kennedy Paul Kennedy ... Hans
Joseph Long ... Aleksei Yagoda
Gerry O'Brien ... Haggarty
John Light ... Robin Hughes-Wright
Todd Boyce ... Mason
Patricia Martin Patricia Martin ... Lady Palisibury
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Bland
Patrick Joseph Byrnes ... Devlin CI Agent
Gráinne de Buitléar Gráinne de Buitléar ... French Maid
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Storyline

When her doctor recommends that a widow pursue her unfulfilled life ambitions, he doesn't realize that she has always wanted to be a spy. Sending a letter to her congressman gets her an interview with the CIA and accidentally gets her an assignment to Morocco for a supposed easy task of picking up an encrypted code book. When the agency realizes their mistake, they send a super-agent to watch over her. Both are taken prisoner and the real agent is injured, leaving Mrs. Pollifax to use her considerable wits to help them escape and to save the day. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Inesperada Sra. Polifax See more »

Filming Locations:

Ireland See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This 1999 movie is a weird combination of book #1 of the series with the same title: "The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax" (1966) plus book #4 in the series, "A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax" (1973), though both are really mangled insofar as being true to the book, especially the regrettable killing off of one of the characters in #4 who shows up in a later book; why they don't make all 14 (1966-2000) into movies. See more »

Connections

Version of Mrs. Pollifax-Spy (1971) See more »

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Just doesn't compare to the books
19 October 2001 | by katiekSee all my reviews

They started out with a great idea -- making the beloved Mrs. P. into a movie -- but went about it half-heartedly. Angela Lansbury did a decent job, but otherwise the casting left a lot to be desired. They used most of the good characters from all the other books, leaving no room for more shows (which, under the circumstances was probably a good thing).


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