Ten Little Indians

Overview

The third of many film and TV adaptations of the popular Agatha Christie novel And Then There Were None Ten Little Indians is the title of the American edition, the hit play, and most of the movies, this 1965 version moves the action from a remote island to an isolated ski resort and otherwise rearranges the plot. The basic premise, however, remains the same. Ten strangers, eight of them guests and two of them servants, are lured to a dinner party and then trapped there to be killed one at a time by an unseen ...
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Overview

The third of many film and TV adaptations of the popular Agatha Christie novel And Then There Were None Ten Little Indians is the title of the American edition, the hit play, and most of the movies, this 1965 version moves the action from a remote island to an isolated ski resort and otherwise rearranges the plot. The basic premise, however, remains the same. Ten strangers, eight of them guests and two of them servants, are lured to a dinner party and then trapped there to be killed one at a time by an unseen host who wishes to punish them for their disparate perceived crimes. The old nursery rhyme provides both the framing device, and, in the source material, the method of execution for each victim. In this version, however, the revised murder scenes include a hapless servant Marianne Hoppe falling to her death from a booby-trapped ski lift. Ten Little Indians features a varied cast that ranges from future Bond girls Shirley Eaton and Daliah Lavi to former teen idol Fabian and former Wyatt Earp TV star Hugh O'Brian. It also reunites My Fair Lady co-stars Stanley Holloway and Wilfrid Hyde-White. The film was the final directorial effort of George Pollock, who had previously helmed several adaptations of Christie's popular Miss Marple mysteries, starting with 1962's Murder, She Said. Christopher Lee makes an uncredited appearance as the recorded voice of absentee host/villain Mr. Owen. Despite its mountain setting, the picture was filmed in Ireland.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Dumbed down, wooden, and possessed of an ersatz "swinging '60s" feel, this Agatha Christie adaptation nevertheless remains watchable thanks to the old biddy's sturdy plot twists and the borderline camp appeal of the remarkably varied international cast. Although the source material has been leavened with premarital sex, gruesome murder scenes, and a Eurotrash setting, such second-stringers as Fabian and Shirley Eaton give the proceedings a TV-movie air, thereby saving director George Pollack from committing the worst sin of all: treating this patently silly tripe like a serious film. Shot in drab black-and-white, the movie looks like it was staged in a cavernous, leftover set from a glitzier spy thriller. Nevertheless, the pacing is brisk and the twists and turns engaging enough that 90 minutes go by rather painlessly. Christie's novel recieved a higher-concept treatment in René Clair's 1945 And Then There Were None.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2012
  • UPC: 883316677834
  • Original Release: 1965
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 11,578

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hugh O'Brian Hugh Lombard
Shirley Eaton Ann Clyde
Fabian Mike Raven
Leo Genn Gen. Mandrake
Stanley Holloway William Blore
Marianne Hoppe Frau Grohmann
Wilfrid Hyde-White Judge Cannon
Daliah Lavi Ilona Bergen
Dennis Price Dr. Armstrong
Mario Adorf Herr Grohmann
Technical Credits
George Pollock Director
Peter Boita Editor
Malcolm Lockyer Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Dudley Nichols Screenwriter
Ernest W. Steward Cinematographer
Ernie Stewart Cinematographer
Harry Alan Towers Screenwriter
Oliver A. Unger Producer
Frank White Art Director
Peter Yeldham Screenwriter
Agatha Christie Source Author
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Confession: I love this movie

    I am probably biased by having watched this film many times since I was a child, but I continuously find "Ten Little Indians" a thoroughly enjoyable picture. It is a fascinating blend of Agatha Christie's original novel with some 1960s "updates," which by now are as historical as the source material. Overall, the acting is quite good, with Wilifred Hyde-White, Shirley Eaton, Stanley Holloway, and Hugh O'Brian providing a solid foundation. The plot is mostly untampered with from the original, except some additions to lead to a more optimistic ending (which Christie herself used when she converted it to a play). If you find yourself wanting to snuggle in for the evening, "Ten Little Indians" is a great choice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2003

    It was a shock

    The resitly watch the ''Ten Little Indians,'' in my Novles class and i did not enjoy it at all. I thought all the characters did not fit the actors. I mostly disliked the Judge. Wilfrid Hyde White played the Judge and he did not fit the character. He did not look scary or crazy. He looked like he could play Santa Clause. I was very disappointed in the movie. Everything had change. From the beginning to end, it was different. The characters, the atomsphere, the murders, and the ending had all changed. I liked the novle's rendention of things better than the movie. Overal, I did not like the movie because it ruin the book. The movie was not at all like the book. I was even more disappointed in the ending. It was a major disappointment after reading a great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2002

    Must see

    If you love a good who dunit, get this then. I love death on the nile,evil under the sun etc. I love this film because it has a fab english actress Shirley Eaton in. This film has a good thick plot and the ending has a suprise

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2002

    Curl up on the couch on a winter night and watch this one.

    This is a great movie to watch on a cold Winter night while you are piled up on the couch with your favorite blanket and a cup of hot chocolate. The most interesting and FUN part of this movie is the ending which let's you play along with the whodunnit game.

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