Crooked House

Crooked House

DVD - 2018
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In Agatha Christie's most twisted tale, a spy-turned-private-detective is lured by his former lover to catch her grandfather's murderer before Scotland Yard exposes dark family secrets.
Publisher: Culver City, California :, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 115 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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ajs4books
Sep 10, 2018

Disappointing. Read the book!

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misatim
Aug 02, 2018

The last Agatha Christie story. This is very well done from acting, costumes, etc but the best is the sets. They used many homes to make up the Crooked House and they are all spectacular. This director is amazing with wonderful shots, and no wonder with such a great cast.

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BLRBooks
Jul 28, 2018

Another top rate film of an Agatha Christie mystery. This one stars Glenn Close and many other wonderful actors. The British manor location and sets are impressive. I wasn't familiar with this story before and really enjoyed trying to figure out WHO did it-ha! Highly recommend it.

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cmarie20
Jul 17, 2018

Good Agatha Christie - beautiful surroundings, beautiful people, something wicked among us -

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Gwen904
Jun 27, 2018

Surprisingly good. I loved how all the clues that Hayward found scattered about started to come together. It was fun guessing who was the murderer. The ending was very well done, tragic, disturbing, dramatic, and riveting. The beginning was a bit hard to follow, though, but once you got to know the characters it started to make sense. The actors were well suited to their various roles, and the story was very entertaining. I recommend this movie.

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LotusDcr
Jun 20, 2018

Well staged, true to Christie but for me the actors are without depth

VaughanPLDonnalee May 26, 2018

I really enjoyed this deliciously twisted and creepy Agatha Christie adaptation. Crooked House is one of Agatha Christie's own personal favourites. Crooked House is a stand-alone novel, without Poirot or Marple or any other recurring characters. The autocratic, wealthy patriarch of a very dysfunctional family is murdered and a young man who is connected to the family is called in to investigate. I thought Glenn Close, Christina Hendricks and Gillian Anderson were all superb. The setting and costumes were wonderful. A nice sense of dread and foreboding develops throughout the movie. I thought the chase scene at the end really took away from the final twist ending, which is presented much more shockingly in the book. It is not as good as the book, but it is still very good.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
May 10, 2018

Crooked House is a decent mystery movie and although the murderer is a bit predictable the story is still well adapted into this movie. The actors all play their roles well and although there were a lot of characters to try and keep track of they are memorable enough. The way things happen in the house truly live up to the name of the movie (and book). There are a lot of twists and great use of misdirection to try and throw you off the scent of the real killer. The setting is absolutely beautiful and the cast is marvelous and full of great British actors. -@sweaterz of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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poodlegirl
May 07, 2018

Well acted. Good adaptation script from Agatha Christie. Really GOOD ending!

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libertytoday2003
Apr 25, 2018

Absolutely loved this movie. It could have been anyone and with a superb cast of British characters. The houses and lands used were absolutely marvellous. I love old world architecture and I know that several houses in the UK were used in this movie, especially indoors. In fact all the while watching the movie I was keeping mental notes on the interiors of the rooms to see if I had seen them before. The only character not keen on was Gillian Anderson, kept thinking of her in X-Files. Oh well, can't have everything.

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jimg2000
Mar 03, 2018

And these people relish their privacy as much as they relish their money.
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Sophia has never been run away with in her life. By a horse or anything else, come to that.
-Charles likes to think he rescued me.
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Anything you'd like to tell me?
-Not yet. You see, I read detective stories. And a good detective will take the time to gather evidence and question everyone before solving a case. Because the murderer is never the one you initially suspect.
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I drank far too much claret last night. Gives me headaches. Burgundy suits me so much better.
-Well, perhaps you should take an aspirin.
Aspirin? Pah! Hmpf! Hair of the dog, darling. Yeah. Cure evil with evil.

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jimg2000
Mar 03, 2018

Yes, my little brother is the man, despite having the business sense of a mongoose.
-But you are not in actual need of... Money?
No one in this house is in actual need of money.
-Why on earth would you stay here?
Because that was the deal. Besides, who actually wants to work for a living, Mr. Hayward?
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So tell me, how does it work? All of you living in this house together?
-Who told you it works?
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Your husband has a very sharp temper.
-Oh, he'd never hurt a fly. Loving your father is quite natural, of course. But this borders on idolatry. Being the favorite child isn't all jam.
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Are you done with your interrogation?
-Mm. For today.
Did you find many clues?
-You know, Josephine, the first round of interrogation is not so much about finding clues, as it is about getting a sense of who you're dealing with.
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I know lots of things. I listen at doors. People don't pay attention to me in this house. They're way too selfish for that. But I pay attention to them.

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jimg2000
Mar 03, 2018

May I ask you a blunt question?
-They're the only interesting kind.
What's wrong with people in this house?
-Heh. It is a blunt question indeed.
Sorry.
-Don't be. Passion. It is a hothouse of suppressed passion. This is what happens when the person you love the most in the world, who you would give your life for, is actually the same person that you hate the most.
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But if he died intestate, then... Then the primary beneficiary of the will is, of course, the second Mrs. Leonides.
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My past? In Cairo. I was a diplomat.
-Of course. And I am a duchess.
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Any one of them could have done it. They all had means. They all had opportunity.
-Motive?
Oh. Anger, jealousy, love, greed. Take your pick.
-So no communist, no Las Vegas mafia, no CIA conspiracy?
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It's highly likely that when he selected Laurence for the post of tutor to his grandchildren, he was also selecting him as Brenda's... Yes. To keep Brenda happy.

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jimg2000
Mar 03, 2018

I know you know things. Sometimes people don't know what they know.
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When Brenda was first introduced into the household, did it rather upset the apple cart?
-The apple cart remained upright, as I recall. Nor was there any tasting of forbidden fruits, if that's what you're insinuating.
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Did you realize then there'd never be any escape from this place until your father-in-law was dead?
-Yes. That exact thought went through my mind.
But now he is.
-So we can.
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During the war, he branched out. Bombs. First you destroy a city, then you go in afterwards and rebuild it. I'm not sure the world needs to know about that. That and other things.
-And that's for you to decide, is it?
Yes, it is.

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jimg2000
Mar 03, 2018

Sometimes I wonder why you bothered to have children at all, Magda. Soon as they were born, you were off to repertory in the remotest provincial theater you could find.
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What are murderers like?
-Well, um, you. And me. Everyone. Hot-blooded. Cold-blooded. They do share one or two traits. Vanity. A distorted morality. A lack of empathy. And murderers tend to feel that they are above the rules and laws that govern ordinary mortals.
Heh. Well, that description fits every member of this family.
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Surely we don't need a PI in the house for us all to tell each other the truth.
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There's nothing like a real heart-to-heart.
-Assuming one could find any real hearts under this roof.
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You know, Charles, they're trained combat dogs. They could kill you in an instant if they really wanted to.
-Meaning?
Like the rest of us, they like you.

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jimg2000
Mar 03, 2018

You are an extremely clever woman. And you are a de Haviland. I have seen what it takes to operate at a certain level, and it is not always pretty. So I want you to remember that lineage will help you find what's most important in life. A sense of balance.
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Grandfather always said fortunes don't last if they get split between the weak members of a family. They should be concentrated in the hands of the strong.
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These vampires. They set us up because we're not part of their world. … We never stood a chance against them.
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The evidence is almost entirely circumstantial.
-Usually is in a murder case. A lot depends on the impression they make on the jury.
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Why on earth would we want to poison a nice old woman who had never done us harm?
-Perhaps she wasn't the intended target.

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jimg2000
Mar 03, 2018

SPOILER ALERT:
Well, now is the time for Holmes to enlighten not only Watson, but Lestrade.
-I shan't tell the police anything. They're stupid.

I dare say you are extremely clever. It won't be much good to you if you're not alive long enough to enjoy the fact. Don't you understand, you foolish child, that so long as you insist on keeping your little secrets, you put yourself in imminent danger?
-Of course I do. But in some books, person after person is killed. And you end by spotting the murderer because he or she is practically the only person left. We must wait and see what happens next.
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He thought she was beautiful and gracious. But he said there was no point in me having any more ballet lessons because I would never be good enough or gracious enough. He said it wasn't so much swan lake as duck pond.
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I hate stupid people. "They're useless, apart from dying during wars" like grandpapa used to say.

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Gwen904
Jun 27, 2018

Coarse Language: A few occasions of taking the Lord's name in vain, one unmannerly reference to screwing someone.

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Gwen904
Jun 27, 2018

Other: Drinking, smoking.

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Gwen904
Jun 27, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Younger children may be frightened or disturbed by the identity of the killer.

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Gwen904
Jun 27, 2018

Sexual Content: Kissing. Some revealing clothing worn by women. Suggestion of an extramarital affair. Sexual comments/references.

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Gwen904
Jun 27, 2018

Violence: Two murders, one via injection with a needle, the other by a poisoned drink. Suicide and a resulting explosion. Guns and shooting at moles. Arguments.

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brambleclaw_06
Jun 27, 2018

brambleclaw_06 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Gwen904
Jun 27, 2018

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Gwen904
Jun 27, 2018

Detective Charles Hayward is hired by his former love to solve the murder of her grandfather in a truly crooked house filled with crooked suspects. Charles must piece together the scattered clues and decide the killer's identity… before it's too late.

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