And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None

DVD - 2016
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As the world teeters on the brink of war, ten strangers are persuaded to retreat from their troubled lives to Soldier Island, an isolated rock near the Devon coast. When a storm cuts them off from the mainland, the true reason for their presence on the island becomes horribly clear: they are to be executed, one by one.
Publisher: [United States] : Acorn Media, 2016.
Branch Call Number: TV AND
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (177 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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shokolit Sep 21, 2018

I liked this production of the story better than I liked the older version (from the 1940's (?) ).
This version is much closer to the Agatha Christie story both in its mood and tone.

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ajs4books
Sep 17, 2018

Better than most recent Christie adaptations. Suspense well-done, even when you know the story from the book. Quite faithful to the original. Excellent cast.

EvaELPL Sep 07, 2018

This is one of my favorite annual fall re-watches. The atmosphere, the cast, the setting -- I love them all, and it has the perfect atmosphere of creeping dread and then outright menace to get you ready for Halloween. Special shoutout to Aidan Turner's excellent eyebrow-acting.

BetM Aug 25, 2018

I read the novel several years ago and was captured by the stark inevitability of judgment portrayed on the pages. Definitely a different side of Agatha Christie, the weighty darkness of this story stayed with me. I was intrigued when I heard BBC was making a mini-series with such a great lineup of actors. The adapted script was brilliant--capturing the characters, action, and tone with pinpoint accuracy. And even though early on you're given plenty of reason to dislike all the characters, somehow between the writing, acting, and filming I couldn't help but care about several of them.

I think I'm glad I read the book first. But maybe leave some room between reading and watching to best appreciate both versions.

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Penny_Rose
Apr 14, 2018

Intense! Amazingly put together. Loved the drama and twits in this Agatha Christie novel. The end did come a bit abruptly and left us with a WHAT? Highly recommend this DVD

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gnomenut
Apr 02, 2018

Maybe Agatha Christie's been done to death, or maybe this is just the dullest whodunit ever. Either way, there's no suspense and no real drama in this mini-series, just three hours of actors blankly reciting their lines, in order to set the stage for the eventual revelation, with its inevitable twist. When, at length, we get there, the finale is just as dull as the lead up. An excellent series to sleep through.

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akirakato
Mar 12, 2018

Originally broadcast as a BBC television mini-series in 2015 based on the 1939 novel by Agatha Christie, this 177-minute mystery delves into an unbelievable serial killing, in which all ten are killed in turn on an isolated island.
The film appears like a really, really excellent mystery and the performances of the major actors seem almost perfect until the apparently last death.
Then the story suddenly turns out totally silly and ridiculous.
I don't utterly understand how come the original novel became such a million seller.

LPL_TriciaK Mar 01, 2018

When I was a teen, I read Agatha Christie's complete oeuvre, so this 3-episode show was right in my wheelhouse. It's a dark, brooding adaptation of the novel, in a gorgeous if gloomy setting. Top-notch actors, including Miranda Richardson and Charles Dance pull you in to the perplexing and creepy plot. If you are a mystery buff, you'll enjoy this!

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marieloudavril
Feb 06, 2018

This movie from Agatha Christie makes us activate our brain to think who is the real murderer in this isolate Island . Full of mysteries, hidden secrets and game of the mind. Very thrilling story great to watch until the end to see who really did it and confirm if i was right or wrong to discover the truth.

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pbroad
Jan 24, 2018

This is great! I am watching it now. The scenes are developed, and the acting is incredible. It moves along and is a joy to watch. Well worth it. In an Age when scenes are way too short to keep up with our diminshing attention span it is nice to see characters interacting. Fun to see Aiden Turner play something completely different.

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jimg2000
Nov 02, 2016

Tons of memorable lines, e.g.:

Whereabouts in the country?
-The Devon coast. Soldier Island.
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I always think it's rather a weakness to be so affected by something in one's circumstances. Rather indulgent. Almost vain. We must be strong, Mrs. Rogers, especially in these times. We must be valiant...
and virtuous. We must be Englishwomen.
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Although, you shouldn't call it a poem, Miss Claythorne. It's doggerel. Poetry should be uplifting.
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She might look like the undead, but she can definitely cook.
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Convention, Miss Claythorne, is what keeps us together in the face of impending chaos.
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But why teach in a third-rate establishment producing third-rate girls? Barely worth your time and
effort, I would have thought.
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I've had more than my fair share of lazy and vindictive staff.

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jimg2000
Nov 02, 2016

Ten little Indian boys went out to dine;
One choked his little self and then there were nine.
Nine little Indian boys sat up very late;
One overslept himself and then there were eight.
Eight little Indian boys travelling in Devon;
One said he'd stay there and then there were seven.
Seven little Indian boys chopping up sticks;
One chopped himself in halves and then there were six.
Six little Indian boys playing with a hive;
A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.
Five little Indian boys going in for law;
One got in Chancery and then there were four.
Four little Indian boys going out to sea;
A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.
Three little Indian boys walking in the Zoo;
A big bear hugged one and then there were two.
Two little Indian boys sitting in the sun;
One got frizzled up and then there was one.
One little Indian boy left all alone;
He went and hanged himself and then there were none.

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