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Poirot: Hickory Dickory Dock -

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When a series of bizarre thefts at a boarding house leads to murder, it takes Hercule Poirot all of his ingenuity to solve a series of interlocking mysteries and unmask the killer. This feature-length Poirot mystery shows why David Suchet is the definitive screen version of Agatha Christie's dapper Belgian sleuth. With his fastidious habits and thick French accent it would be easy to turn Poirot into a caricature, but Suchet makes him funny without diminishing the detective's brilliance. Poirot's peculiarity is a perfect disguise, and when he sets out for the murder scene in his immaculate clothes--like a shiny black beetle bustling through the drab, brown London streets--there is little doubt that the crime will soon be solved.

Hickory Dickory Dock reaches its climax, naturellement, with the detective and his suspects gathered tensely in a drawing room. Although the story suffers from some clumsily introduced clues (Christie suffers here in comparison with writers like P.D. James), the denouement works well, keeping us guessing while allowing the more astute viewer to spot the killer before Poirot makes his announcement. --Simon Leake

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Poirot is incredulous when the impeccable Miss Lemon types a letter riddled with errors. She explains that she's preoccupied with worry about her sister, who runs a London student hostel plagued of late by a spate of mysterious thefts. With the object of restoring efficiency to his office, Poirot offers to visit the students. More thefts occur and then the murders begin, witnessed only by a small mouse. Poirot and Inspector Japp race against time to trap a killer desperate to conceal a secret from the past. No detail is too small to escape the attention of the world-famous Belgian detective created by Agatha Christie and loved by millions. David Suchet stars as Poirot in this British television production set in the art deco elegance of 1930s Europe. A PBS Mystery! phenomenon and A&E smash hit, the series also stars Pauline Moran as Miss Lemon and Philip Jackson as Inspector Japp. DVD SPECIAL FEATURES AND EXTRAS INCLUDE: biographies of Agatha Christie and David Suchet, interactive Poirot trivia, cast filmographies, Agatha Christie materials and scene index.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanted from the Start March 5 2003
Both my sister and my mother have read almost every mystery that Agatha Christie ever wrote, but I never thought to start. Then I sat down one evening to watch television with them, and I was at once enchanted. It was an episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot on A&E. The David Suchet Poirot films (both full length movies and short films) come from this series. I enjoyed that first show so much that I watched the series religiously until it went off the air.
I started reading some of Agatha Christie's mysteries this year, and I firmly believe that David Suchet is the best portrayal of Hercule Poirot that ever was. I have seen other notorious actors, such as Peter Ustinov and Tony Randall, play the part, but they do not achieve the full embodiment of the persona (both physical and psychological) that David Suchet does.
HICKORY DICKORY DOCK isn't an immediately predictable film. I honestly did not know who the killer was until Poirot revealed the truth. This is not one of those mysteries where you can tell what the detective or the police or the killer will do before they even do it; this film left me completely on the edge of my seat. HICKORY DICKORY DOCK has a storyline that does not follow some predetermined, overused mystery plot; it is creative and exciting. Additionally, the historical accuracy is extreme, right down to the shoes.
I highly recommend any of the David Suchet Poirot films to anyone searching for an interesting, exciting mystery to watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Triumph for Suchet's Poirot April 11 2002
When a series of petty thefts at a student hostel turns into a case of murder, it is up to the great Hercule Poirot to solve the baffling crime. However, he soon finds himself involved not only in a case of murder, but smuggling and political doings as well. Not only that, he foolishly invites the rather sloppy Inspector Japp to stay with him, while Japp's wife is away, which make for a rather rough time ala the "Odd Couple." HICKORY DICKORY DOCK is another in the BBC/Mystery series featuring the wonderful David Suchet cementing his claim as the definitive Poirot. Phillip Jackson adds a nice touch of earthy humor as his foil, Chief Inspector Japp. David Burke, best known as Dr. Watson in the Jeremy Brett SHERLOCK HOLMES series, appears in an extended cameo as a dying politician. Once again, great care and intelligence is lavished on this production that would make Agatha Christie proud. Another winner for Poirot fans and a film I highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Triumph for Suchet's Poirot April 11 2002
When a series of petty thefts at a student hostel turns into a case of murder, it is up to the great Hercule Poirot to solve the baffling crime. However, he soon finds himself involved not only in a case of murder, but smuggling and political doings as well. Not only that, he foolishly invites the rather sloppy Inspector Japp to stay with him, while Japp's wife is away, which make for a rather rough time ala the "Odd Couple." HICKORY DICKORY DOCK is another in the BBC/Mystery series featuring the wonderful David Suchet cementing his claim as the definitive Poirot. Phillip Jackson adds a nice touch of earthy humor as his foil, Chief Inspector Japp. David Burke, best known as Dr. Watson in the Jeremy Brett SHERLOCK HOLMES series, appears in an extended cameo as a dying politician. Once again, great care and intelligence is lavished on this production that would make Agatha Christie proud. Another winner for Poirot fans and a film I highly recommend.
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3.0 out of 5 stars High quality - but curiously dull March 28 2002
By S. Vora
I really enjoyed the novel and was expecting to enjoy the movie version, but I found it curiously dull as compared to many of the other adaptations. No Captain Hastings and a mouse. This mouse, while cute, appeared far too often - crawling around the clock, arriving in rooms at the precise moment they were murdered, even acting as a catalyst in the climactic scene. The real interesting aspects of the book, and much of its humor, came from Dame Agatha's casting of these motley group of students. As a product of her time, she had used racial epithets in her earlier works that American publishers changed because they were offensive. She changed though. Watching her evolve with the times, and reflect those times in her novels provides a fascinating look at the social evolution of the 20th century. She has a lesbian couple in "A Murder is Announced" and in Hickory Dickory Dock - she had Ram Lal - an Indian student, very political yet polite and the extremely charming and affable Akibombo from Africa. However, these were the two characters that were cut from the adaptation. They did not have large dramatic parts which made them more expendable, but they added warmth and humor to the assemble that made the book very charming. The group of students in the movie seemed simultaneously dull and unattractive personality-wise although they were supposed to have a lot of camaraderie as young folks all living under the same roof. The mystery itself was secondary in this story - so not top-shelp Christie who-done-it in my opinion. The humor and interest in the movie are the trials and tribulations poor Japp endures as Poirot's house-guest. Miss Lemon has a larger part this time, and is a constant presence. And finally - the trying-not-to-be-horrified looks Japp and Poirot try to suppress as each tries to impress the other with their native cuisine is priceless. Too few and far between though - unless you're a huge Christie fan, I would suggest exploring the other movies first.
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