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Murder Is Easy (1982)

An American computer expert meets a distraught old lady on a train and she tells him that a homicidal maniac is stalking her quiet little village.

Director:

Claude Whatham

Writers:

Agatha Christie (novel), Carmen Culver (teleplay)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Bixby ... Prof. Luke Williams
Lesley-Anne Down ... Bridget Conway
Olivia de Havilland ... Honoria Waynflete (as Olivia De Havilland)
Helen Hayes ... Lavinia Fullerton
Patrick Allen ... Maj. Horton
Shane Briant ... Dr. Thomas
Freddie Jones ... Const. Reed
Leigh Lawson ... Jimmy Lorrimer
Jonathan Pryce ... Mr. Ellsworthy
Ivor Roberts Ivor Roberts ... Vicar
Trevor T. Smith Trevor T. Smith ... Rivers
Anthony Valentine ... Abbot
Timothy West ... Lord Gordon Easterfield
Carol MacReady ... Mrs. Pierce
Diana Goodman Diana Goodman ... Rose Humbleby
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Storyline

A mathematician and author, Luke Williams, is travelling up to London on a train when he meets a old lady, Lavinia Fullerton, who is also going to London, to Scotland Yard. Lavinia tells Luke that in her small village several people have died. The local police are certain that it was all accidental and are taking no action but Lavinia isn't convinced. In London Luke watches, horrified, as Lavinia is run over in a hit and run and he becomes convinced that she was telling the truth. He travels down to the village and with the aid of a local girl, who is also convinced that the deaths were murder, sets out to solve the mystery... Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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Crime | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 January 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agatha Christie's 'Murder Is Easy' See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The British Rail poster ("Read this. Pay less.") outside Marylebone station as Luke and Miss Fullerton exit shows posthumously-disgraced ex-DJ Jimmy Savile. See more »

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At the beginning of the film Luke Williams is seen aboard a loco hauled train. The shots of the train on the journey alternate between this train and an Inter City 125. See more »

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Malick's Evil Ghost
30 August 2009 | by tedgSee all my reviews

My heavens.

One thing I like, absolutely find hypnotizing, is how the classic detective stories get munged around. Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie are the ones that I want to follow. Now that there is new twist — probably a whole rope walk — on Sherlock coming, I wanted to check this out.

It had a comparatively big budget, and some named actors, but not in their finer phases. It is roughly based on Christie in terms of the setup and mystery. But there is no real mystery. How it messes up in this department is uninteresting.

But it has a detective that is roughly placed between Poirot and Marple. This is the truly bizarre part. This detective is an MIT professor, presumably a genius, right? He follows the TeeVee version of mathematical logic, which is based on a simple notion of "calculating the probabilities." Its a bit of a hoot, because it takes the detecting, the narrative richness of projecting in the future, into other folks' minds, into a mechanical exercise.

It is precisely the opposite of what advanced mathematical logic is all about. In fact, I've been thinking about Terrence Malick recently. I encountered him as an MIT professor, wondering about what the relationship of future is to past. It is, in a way an extension of the concerns of a detective. It has nothing to do with probability, instead about understanding causality instead of measurement.

It means that for me this is a particularly disturbing version of the genre, a genre that has a particularly intelligent origin. I feel like I'm in bigfoot territory.

Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.


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