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A Murder Is Announced (1985)



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This is the Joan Hickson version of the Agatha Christie story. Of all the Miss Marples of the screen, Hickson was the closest to the original character. Most movie adaptations felt they had to spice Miss Marple up a bit by making her remarkable in some way. But the whole point, and the key to her effectiveness as a character, was that she wasn't remarkable, except perhaps for possessing an unusual understanding of human nature.

A Murder Is Announced is one of the best of the twelve Miss Marple films Hickson made between 1984 and 1992, though also the hardest to follow. If you stay on top of the complicated tangle of interrelationships, this should be highly rewarding to whodunnit fans.

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