Agatha (1979)

Agatha (1979)





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What happened when best-selling mystery novelist Agatha Christie disappeared for 11 days back in 1926? The British Agatha "answers" that question. Vanessa Redgrave is cast as Ms. Christie, who vanished from her home not long after her husband (Timothy Dalton) informed her that he was leaving her. Nearly two weeks later, after being the subject of a nationwide search, Christie showed up none the worse for wear at a health spa in Yorkshire, insisting that she could remember nothing of her … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Thriller, Biography, Kathleen Tynan, Arthur Hopcraft
In Theaters:
Warner Bros.


as Wally Stanton

as Agatha Christie

as Col. Archibald Chris...

as Evelyn Crawley

as Kenward

as William Collins

as Nancy Neele

as Lord Brackenbury

as John Foster

as Charlotte Fisher

as Pettelson

as Uncle Jones

as Mrs. Braithwaite

as Sgt. Jarvis

as Therapist

as Superintendent MacDo...

as Capt. Rankin

as Flora

as Hotel Manager

as Nancy's Aunt

as Hotel Waiter

as Dress Shop Manageres...

as Official at Literary...

as Pierrots

as Hotel Trio
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Critic Reviews for Agatha

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | October 18, 2008
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Hoffman at his best.

April 19, 2008

Audience Reviews for Agatha


Agatha is a powerful drama that is brilliantly acted and directed. This is an engaging film experience that boasts a wonderful cast with a great story. Dustin Hoffman and Vanessa Redgrave truly shine here, and it is a film that will certainly delight classic film fans. Michael Apted's direction is fluent, and near perfect, and he can clearly craft a movie that stands out in terms of rich storytelling. I really thought that Agatha was a wonderful film, which based on a real life ordeal of famed crime author, Dame Agatha Christie. Vanessa Redgrave is spectacular and perfect in the lead role, and the rest of the cast fit nicely along Redgrave. What we have here is an entertaining film that is engaging from start to finish. The plot is interesting and compelling. There are things that could have been improved upon, and the script could clearly have been polished up a bit, but for what it is, it's a worthwhile film that is very good and is a must for viewers that enjoy a good drama. Agatha does fall short in some areas, like I've stated before, but it is nonetheless a picture that is held together with strong performances, and in the end, that's all that matters because what we have here is a film that overcomes its shortcomings by its cast. Sometimes that's all you need. Maybe one day they'll be a fully fledged, well detailed biopic on the life of Agatha Christie, until then, a film detailing a mysterious period of her life will suffice. Consideri8ng that Agatha Christie is such an icon of 20th century literature, you'd expect a slightly better film. Well, this is a good film, but it is flawed, and it could have been much better than the final product.

Alex roy

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