Agatha Christie's Sparkling Cyanide

Agatha Christie's Sparkling Cyanide

Robert Lewis (1983)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Having just directed A Caribbean Mystery with Helen Hayes as Miss Marple, Robert Michael Lewis returned to Agatha Christie for this blood-curdling concoction. One of the attractions for Christie's American fans is her essential Englishness, so it seems odd to transfer the action to Pasadena. However, at least Anthony Andrews is on hand to import some Brideshead Revisited class. With a couple of fatal toasts as its high points, the twisting plot will certainly keep you guessing. However, the tinkering with the original makes the mystery feel forced, and the resolution is not one of the author's best.


An amateur English sleuth on holiday in California becomes involved in the mystery surrounding the poisoning of a lawyer and his promiscuous wife during their anniversary celebrations - and faces the task of solving who among the many guests laced their hosts' champagne. Agatha Christie whodunit, starring Anthony Andrews, Pamela Bellwood, Deborah Raffin, David Huffman and Harry Morgan.

Cast & Crew

Tony Browne Anthony Andrews
Iris Murdoch Deborah Raffin
Ruth Lessing Pamela Bellwood
Stephan Farraday David Huffman
Capt Kemp Harry Morgan
Lucilla Drake Nancy Marchand
George Barton Josef Sommer
Rosemary Barton Christine Belford
Director Robert Lewis
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video