Seven guests, a newly hired personal secretary and two staff are gathered on an isolated island by an absent host and someone begins killing them off one by one. They work together to determine who the killer is. Could it be one of them?
Trying to find how a millionaire wound up with a phony diamond brings Hercule Poirot (Sir Peter Ustinov) to an exclusive island resort frequented by the rich and famous. When a murder is committed, everyone has an alibi.
Seven guests, a newly hired personal secretary and two staff are gathered for a weekend on an isolated island by the hosts, the Owens, who are delayed. At dinner, a record is played and the host's message alleges that all of the people present are guilty of murder, and suddenly the first of them is dead, then the next. It seems that one of them is the murderer, but the leading person is always the person who is murdered next and at last, only two people are left.Written by
Stephan Eichenberg <firstname.lastname@example.org>
People talk about Halloween (1978) being the daddy of all slashers, and Psycho (1960) being the granddaddy. There's actually a much longer history of slashers in movies, going almost all the way back to the the silent era. There are three eras of old-school movie slashers - the golden age, which was in the 1930s and 1940s; with movies like Fritz Lang's M (1931), and George Archainbaud's Thirteen Women (1932); Dwain Esper's Maniac (1934); The 9th Guest (1934), and this movie, which were the original slasher-type movies. Then there would be "Classic Age Slashers", movies from the 1950s and 1960s, like Psycho (1960), Diabolqiue (1955), Peeping Tom (1960), Horrors of the Black Museum (1959) (which is undeniably a slasher movie, much more violent than Psycho (1960)), and Circus of Horrors (1960); which would all help create the prototype for slashers as well. Then there would be modern slashers, which would start in the late 1960s in Italy with Dario Argento, Mario Bava, and the "Giallo" movies, which would push the envelope for gore in the modern era with movies like A Bay of Blood (1971) a.k.a. "Twitch of the Death Nerve". The next group of slashers, after Giallo in the 1960s, would be the American modern slashers, starting with The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) and Black Christmas (1974); both followed by the seminal classic slasher John Carpenter's Halloween (1978); and finally Sean Cunningham's Friday the 13th (1980). The periods after that would be the post-modern slashers, starting with Scream (1996). See more »
The opening credits state that the movie is "From the Novel by Agatha Christie". Strictly speaking, this is not true. The movie uses the stage play's ending, rather than the novel's. See more »
The first line of the nursery rhyme appears onscreen - "Ten Little Indians Went Out To Dine...." - superimposed over a set of small statues of Native Americans - this is immediately followed by the film's title "And Then There Were None". See more »
This is a dramatization of the consummate Agatha Christie book, the benchmark for the whodunit. Each of the characters is nicely portrayed by accomplished actors. The pacing, the subdued dialogue, all make this film work, even though it was felt necessary to doctor the plot and rename characters (this I will never understand). I won't criticize because I've never felt that we should compare movies to books--they are different media--unless the plot is badly compromised. This one is not. I remember being really pleased as a young viewer that Christie is able to bring all issues to a resolution in a believable and realistic way--no hidden doors--no strange interventions. She is able to do this even in her lesser books. Sometimes it is preferable to not be open ended, leaving unfinished details. I relish this author and the movies and movie portrayals of her books.
I also need to mention the music. The score is so carefully tuned to the actions of the characters. The black and white photography lends itself well to the oppressiveness of the setting where the characters find themselves. You definitely should see this film.
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