Nov. 12, 2008, 8 a.m. CST
From the NYT review of And Then There Were None: "As for the murderer's performance—well, you must judge for yourself."
Nov. 12, 2008, 8:06 a.m. CST
So people screamed at the screen their guesses? How odd! Well, sounds like this one is a good whodunnit. Never heard of it until now, might take a look!
I remember seeing this movie as a kid when it first came out - I loved it at the time. I'll have to find it and watch it again, to see how it held up!
Nov. 12, 2008, 8:30 a.m. CST
See the HMAD mystery "The Beast Must Die" with the werewolf clock, allowing you to voice your guess.
Nov. 12, 2008, 8:46 a.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
then, go see the movie. Otherwise, the movie will ruin the ending to a great book.
Nov. 12, 2008, 9 a.m. CST
that's some very good films ahead Quint (the gambler, salvador, OUATIA) the best adaptation of '10 little indians' (strange eh that to change the original title to indians, like they can't be offended) was made in Russia in 1987 and is called 'Desyat negrityat' (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092879/). Very grim yet unfortunately nowhere to get....
Nov. 12, 2008, 9:01 a.m. CST
Wow, I think your in for a treat!
Nov. 12, 2008, 9:04 a.m. CST
by Karl Childers
If you're going to go that far, at least photoshop a different picture of her without the gap in her teeth.
Nov. 12, 2008, 9:18 a.m. CST
Well, it's all smiles for me today. I'm sure AICN has covered A.C. movies before, but I've not been around to see it. I think there's room in this century for a nonparody "everybody show up for a murder" movie, isn't there?<BR>I'd love to see a proper whodunnit with some suspense and not too much gore or shock ( I think we're done with the SAW genre for awhile)
Nov. 12, 2008, 9:54 a.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
as there seems to be less talkbackers each day. He's been going strong since this summer. Damn, the guy's a machine.
Nov. 12, 2008, 9:58 a.m. CST
I recall digging TLI when I saw it on tv as a young lad. The blonde on the poster looks a lot like Anita Ekberg. Yum. Recently watched Orient Express. A classy ride I think you will enjoy. I also recommend Witness for the Prosecution. Another excellent Agatha Christie film adaptation.
Nov. 12, 2008, 10:01 a.m. CST
Glad to see the Spanish poster kept the original title. Then again, calling someone a "negrito" in Spanish-speaking places doesn't carry the same emotional weight as doing the same in the US. BTW-- looking forward to "Orient Express". I remember first seeing it as a child, and it still holds up for me to this day.
Nov. 12, 2008, 10:07 a.m. CST
That picture of Lauren Hutton is horrible. The head just doesn't fit, man! <br> This version of "Ten Little Indians" is good, but I rather like "And Then There Were None" with Barry Fitzgerald. Then, again, the original "Friday the 13th" is a very loose adaptation of this novel... and I kinda love that.
Nov. 12, 2008, 10:13 a.m. CST
I think the talkbackers will be here in full force when Quint does something a little closer to their frame of reference. Please notice the talkbacks for "The Black Hole", "Salo" and some of the other heavily-debated movies. Quint's getting into some relatively obscure territory, and a lot of people these days don't know who Agatha Christie is, sadly. But with these next few movies, there should be more activity, I think. They're closer to the collective consciousness of this site's demographic.
Nov. 12, 2008, 10:46 a.m. CST
It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World was pretty lengthy from what I remember. True... toward the end I did get a bit carried away with casting suggestions for a sequel/remake. But still, from what I can determine, the length of talkbacks greatly reflects the popularity of the films that are reviewed on that particular day. I look forward to the reviews of films I've never seen. Keep up the great work Quint!! If you ever burn-out, please at least do a movie a week. Thanks!
Nov. 12, 2008, 11:03 a.m. CST
by Napoleon Park
I just don't post when I have nothing to say except "I read this every day." I'd assume it would help to either see or read something of Christie's in order to appreciate the many spoofs of her ouvre.<p>And I LOVE "Best Seller" and find it stands up to repeat viewings. Maybe not three times in one week, but once very few years. The very creepy James woods character reminds me a lot of my best friend frm grade school who took the dark path as he grew up. You know, that old childhood friend you still bond with even though he's a little scary and you're not sure how much you trust him amy more?
Nov. 12, 2008, 11:16 a.m. CST
will make you happy. It's a congo line of happies.
Nov. 12, 2008, 11:22 a.m. CST
rene clair's version is so dynamic & modern feeling. the deep focus photography keeps you aware of all the characters in the room & allows you to scan their faces for possible hints @ who the killer is. the camera moves are all designed to show new bits of information; it's so smooth the way these reveals are executed. there's one sequence where the paranoid characters are spying on one another & every time you think you're in the room w/ one, the camera pulls back through a keyhole to reveal that we're actually in the next room over spying on the spy. it's like david fincher traveled back in time to direct this fucker or, more likely, he saw it as a kid & the aesthetic stuck w/ him. really fun movie.
Nov. 12, 2008, 11:24 a.m. CST
for "a movie a day", is there a favorite? which stand out (top 10)? Which is your biggest disappointment?
Nov. 12, 2008, 11:25 a.m. CST
- and it scared the pants off of me, and gave me nightmares.
Nov. 12, 2008, 11:51 a.m. CST
The original ending from the book needs to be put, which is much more grim than this film's ending. Remake casting anyone?
Nov. 12, 2008, 11:51 a.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
True, and granted I've been away a while. My work schedule has changed, and I'm trying to get back into a routine. I fondly remember The Black Hole talkback. It was beautiful.
Nov. 12, 2008, 11:55 a.m. CST
to hear your thoughts on El Dorado, I find that most people are either El Dorado people or Rio Bravo people<P>me I'm an El Dorado person<P>I'd love to see the '45 vrsion of this, as i've never seen it before but this version you're right does feel as if it were structured like a theatre performance, similar to Hitchcock's Rope
Nov. 12, 2008, 11:57 a.m. CST
I love Lumet's Murder on the Orient Express (read Making Movies, it will give you some interesting insight into its making), Once Upon a Time in America, and Salvador, and have found memories of Best Seller. El Dorado, if you've seen Rio Bravo you've seen El Dorado. <p> Curious, Quint, if you've ever seen Michael Mann's Thief with James Caan. If not, definitely add it to your list.
Nov. 12, 2008, 12:36 p.m. CST
Well first of all I'm a HUGE HUGE Agatha Christie fan. I have about half of her collection in paperback (that I happened to find one day from one seller on Ebay years ago who was selling it off in bunches of like 15, I wound up buying 3 of them), and murder mysteries in general are my favorite stories (also a big Holmes fan). "And Then There Were None" I think was the first Christie book I ever read.<br> <br> Perhaps predictably, it's remained as my favorite Christie novel. Well I'm also a screenwriter, and silly as it may've seemed to do this after just moving to LA at 22 years old, the first feature length script I'd ever written was an adaptation of this novel, and I set it in modern day. I thought it was ripe for a TRUE adaptation, and keeping the completely grim ending of the book, which NONE of the adaptations so far have fully done. I've seen all of the different ones (including the TV movie version from CBS that was in the 80's I think) and frankly they've all been a disappointment, especially compared to what I've had in my head as the way to tell this story.<br> <br> Just one of the many examples of why I'm not crazy about this particular one is that fist fight that the young male lead (the sort of love interest of the hot chick) gets into with the male servant, as it seems to go on for about 5 damn minutes of screen time, it seems so out of place.<br> <br> But anyone as a young writer who wishes to also direct someday, I imagine this will always be a pet project of mine to do. I've even been in contanct with a company called Chorion (I *think* that's what it was called, it was years ago that I did all this) that owned the rights, but of course I was told they weren't available, or something like that. Not like I could've legimitately done something. But I thought this story was PERFECT for the "Ocean's 11" type treatment, assemble together an all-star cast of great actors, in fact I even had it broken down into who I'd wanted to play each part. Plus having names like this, it would help a viewer who's not familiar with the book already to not be able to guess who's going to die sooner. And I'm not talking about necessarily movie stars, but real actors. I had names like Kate Winslet, Clive Owen, Anthony Hopkins, William Macy, Vince Vaughn, Donald Sutherland, Kathy Bates. I sooooooo wish I could make this movie the way it's MEANT to be made, and have the first TRULY FAITHFUL adaptation. Someday, maybe, someday...
Nov. 12, 2008, 12:37 p.m. CST
by Lenny Nero
Jet black terrifying.
Nov. 12, 2008, 2:01 p.m. CST
Pick of the bunch is ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA which is simply stunning, though SALVADOR is full-on Oliver Stone plus James Woods angry, and BEST SELLER is a great little noir thriller. Enjoy.
Nov. 12, 2008, 2:09 p.m. CST
That one did not impress me very much - Oliver Reed, Elke Sommer, Richard Attenborough (voice by Orson Welles).
Nov. 12, 2008, 2:17 p.m. CST
by The Reluctant Austinite
This version of the story isn't quite as good, but that twisting maze of a plot is hard to mess up. "Ten Little Indians" is quite entertaining. The two make a nice double dip, and are two of my favorite mystery film. That dvd has a GREAT cover, btw.
Nov. 12, 2008, 3:22 p.m. CST
by The InSneider
The first script I ever tried to write was also an adaptation of Ten Little Indians. Think you could go two different ways with it. A Neal Moritz type teen slasher. Or a genuine A-List prestige picture. Always pictured Hopkins as Judge Wargrave. Always wanted to make Dr. Armstrong black, maybe Denzel. Paltrow as Vera. Norton as Blore. It'd be fucking genius. Seeker I'd love to read your draft. Email me if you want -- mirajeff at aol dot com.
Nov. 12, 2008, 3:26 p.m. CST
by Cap'n Jack
It's great and the end is drastically better than the movie versions.
Nov. 12, 2008, 4:21 p.m. CST
Think about it. Both movies involve killers who murders their victims in ironic/symbolic fashion. <p> Same with the Abominable Doctor Phibes.
Nov. 12, 2008, 4:27 p.m. CST
I loved these global melting pot movies that flourished in the 60'-they featured casts that were wild mixtures of Americans, Brits, Germans, Italians, French.. They all had that deadened, dubbing booth post-synched sound, since most of the foreign actors played the scenes in their native tongues..and most of them shot in Techniscope, the cheapest, most horrendously grainy widescreen process ever conceived. But somehow I couldn't get enough of them. For a superb example of this genre...try "Grand Slam" a robbery caper set in Rio, with Janet Leigh, Edward G. Robinson, ...and Klaus Kinski! With the nuttiest, catchiest Morricone theme you'll ever hear outside of his "Good, Bad and The Ugly"
Nov. 12, 2008, 8:16 p.m. CST
...slasher/horror films does it not? In every movie where the killer turns out to be one of the victims thought to be dead by the killer, which is a few billion movies by now?
Nov. 12, 2008, 8:40 p.m. CST
I ever wrote was in High School called "10 Lil Piggies." It was a "10 Little Indians" parody which we shot on a friends camera. <p> In all honesty, the title of the film was probably the only clever thing about the film.
Nov. 13, 2008, 12:15 a.m. CST
is basically the same story, too.
Nov. 13, 2008, 5:44 a.m. CST
Murder By Death.. Still the best Invite Killer flick. Clue comes in second for me.