The Man in the Brown Suit

The Man in the Brown Suit

Alan Grint (1989)

PG Certificate


Our Score
It's safe to assume this raucous blend of mirth, mystery and mayhem was not what Agatha Christie had in mind when she wrote the original book. The decision to shift the murder from Hyde Park Tube station to Cairo Airport should give you some idea of how overblown this whodunnit has become. However, the fact that Stephanie Zimbalist is transformed from spirited amateur sleuth into the kind of heroine Kathleen Turner played in Romancing the Stone is the real giveaway. Directed by Alan Grint with no feeling for the Crime Queen's unique style, this ranks among the poorest Christie adaptations.


An American tourist in Cairo witnesses a murder and sees a man in a brown suit fleeing the scene. She boards a ship and deduces that one of her fellow passengers is the criminal - and that they also plan to steal a cache of diamonds. However, all of her travelling companions appear to be potential suspects. Mystery, starring Stephanie Zimbalist, Rue McClanahan, Tony Randall and Edward Woodward.

Cast & Crew

Suzanne Blair Rue McClanahan
Minks Tony Randall
Sir Eustace Pedlar Edward Woodward
Anne Beddingfeld Stephanie Zimbalist
Gordon Race Ken Howard
Guy Underhill Nickolas Grace
Harry Lucas Simon Dutton
Director Alan Grint
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video