CAST

Donald Pleasence
(Justice Lawrence Wargrave)

Brenda Vaccaro
(Marion Marshall)

Frank Stallone
(Captain Philip Lombard)

Herbert Lom
(General Brancko Romensky)

Sarah Maur Thorp
(Vera Claythorne)

Warren Berlinger
(Detective William Henry Blore)

Yehuda Efroni
(Dr. Hans Yokem Werner)

Neil McCarthy
(Anthony Marston)

Moira Lister
(Ethel Mae Rodgers)

Paul L. Smith
(Elmo Rodgers)

CREW

Director:
Alan Birkinshaw

Screenplay:
Jackson Hunsicker and Gerry O'Hara

Based on the play by:
Agatha Christie

Producers:
Harry Alan Towers

THE CRITICS SPEAK OUT

Harry Alan Towers' third redo of the Christie classic is his worst yet. This time he isolates an uninteresting cast in an African safari camp in the 1930s, and boringly plods through this once-intriguing, now-weary plot. Stop Towers before he remakes again!

---LEONARD MALTIN'S MOVIE & VIDEO GUIDE

RELATED LINKS

HERBERT LOM LOSES HIS HEAD: Harvey F. Chartrand's interview with the superb character actor at the fine Horror-Wood webzine site.

INTERNET MOVIE DATABASE: Cast and crew information is available at this popular film database.


TEN LITTLE INDIANS

(1989 Mystery)


TEN LITTLE INDIANS poster artwork

TEN LITTLE INDIANS

A review by Kevin Lane

The stories penned by Agatha Christie -- the popular mystery authoress of Ten Little Indians -- have a glorious tradition of being harmless, edge of your seat fun. Unfortunately, on-screen they have instead often been turned into "hide-behind-your-seat-so-you-don't-have-to-watch" bores. Producer Harry Alan The cast of TEN LITTLE INDIANSTowers brings us yet another adaptation of Ten Little Indians (his previous 1966 and 1974 versions were far superior). The latest incarnation may have its story right, but, unfortunately, nothing else is.

The film concerns ten people who become stranded in the jungle after winning an African Safari and soon find there is a killer among them. Or, something like that. While Alan Birkinshaw's direction is uninspired and Arthur Lavis' cinematography is boring, the film's most devastating shortcoming is its lack of heart. A fine ensemble is wasted on characters that are so hopelessly stupid and annoying that we really don't care what happens to them. They are neither nice nor mean. At least if we had hated them, we would have something to look forward to, but, alas, their deaths come and go and not only do we not care about them, but we don't care who's doing away with them either. Never a good thing in a murder mystery.Watch out, Pleasence has a ... croquet mallet!!!

Screen veterans Herbert Lom (a holdover from Towers' 1974 version) and Donald Pleasence appear to be doing their best to elevate the material, but the odds were stacked against them. It frustrates me that the late Pleasence, one of the best character actors of all time, wasted so much of his last days on trash like this.

I enjoy movies that are so bad they're good. Movies that are so cheesy you can't help but laugh. Ten Little Indians isn't one of them. It's just bad! When the characters fell victim to the madman, I couldn't help but feel jealous. At least their pain was over. Mine would continue on until the credits rolled.

Review 2001 Kevin Lane. All Rights Reserved.
Reprinted with Mr. Lane's permission.

PHOTO GALLERY

Donald
    Pleasence as Justice Lawrence Wargrave

Donald Pleasence as Justice Lawrence Wargrave

Thorp and Pleasence watch the danger that awaits below

Sarah Maur Thorp and Pleasence see the danger that awaits below

Warren Berlinger and Pleasence watch in horror

Warren Berlinger and Pleasence watch in horror

Frank Stallone, Berlinger, Thorp, and Pleasence suspecting something is wrong

Frank Stallone, Berlinger, Thorp, and Pleasence
suspecting something is wrong

Photos 1989 CANNON INTERNATIONAL /
BRETON FILM PRODUCTIONS LIMITED. All Rights Reserved.


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