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Ten Little Indians

Hugh O'Brian , Shirley Eaton , George Pollock    DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hey, let's take a great story and totally ruin it! April 28 2003
Format:VHS Tape
The story was updated, moved to a chalet in the Swiss Alps, and the old spinster became a beautiful actress. All bad ideas. The movie tells the basic story, but manages to be quite dull and eventually loses all focus as it spirals to an end. The cast is bad overall; Dalilah Lavi is especially bad, and Fabian should never have been allowed to act. Skip this one (and run in fear from the 1975 version with Oliver Reed and Elke Sommer), stick with the original from 1945 titled "And Then There Were None."
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4.0 out of 5 stars The butler did it!! Or did he?? April 6 2010
By Stephen Pletko TOP 50 REVIEWER

10 little Indians went out to dine
1 choked on his little self and then there were 9
9 little Indians staying up quite late
1 ran away and then there were 8
8 little Indians travelling to Heaven
1 met a pussycat and then there were 7
7 little Indians chopping up sticks
The chopper finished 1 of them and then there were 6
6 little Indians playing with the hive
A bumble bee stung 1 and then there were 5
5 little Indians going in for law
1 got chancery and then there were 4
4 little Indians feeling all at sea
A red herring swallowed 1 and then there were 3
3 little Indians walking in the zoo
A big bear hugged 1 and then there were 2
2 little Indians sitting in the sun
1 gets all frizzled up and then there was 1
1 little Indian boy left all alone
So he went out and hanged himself and then there were none.

The above poem is the idea behind this murder mystery/thriller movie. This is the second movie version of (Dame) Agatha Christie's novel "And Then There Were None" (1939).

Although this version's background story is the same as the first movie version (ten people invited to a stranded area by a mysterious stranger and murdered in accordance to the lines in a children's poem), this one takes place in a mansion that's on an isolated snowy mountain. This version is also the first adaptation of the novel to show the murders on screen. (The mansion used in the movie was a famous one located in Rush, North County, Dublin in Ireland. It no longer exists.)

Who are these ten invited guests? They are:

1. Engineer Hugh Lombard (Hugh O'Brian)
2. Secretary Ann Clyde (Shirley Eaton)
3. Singer Mike Raven (Fabian)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lackluster version of great mystery Dec 30 2010
A snowed-in, mountaintop castle is the setting for mystery as ten strangers gather for a weekend party. They've all been invited by a man none of them know, but their host, Mr. Owens, knows a lot about them. Each of them is accused of being a murderer and Mr. Owens wastes no time in punishing them for their crimes according to the children's rhyme, "Ten Little Indians."

This version of Agatha Christie's novel is vastly inferior to the 1945 movie. It uses virtually the same script, but the actors, with a few exceptions, aren't as good. Wilfred Hyde-White, Stanley Holloway, and Dennis Price are very good as the judge, the detective, and the doctor, but Hugh O'Brian and Shirley Eaton are a stiff and unsympathetic leading couple while Daliah Lavi and Fabian's acting skills are laughable.

A major drawback is the upbeat jazz soundtrack which is completely out of place in a moody mystery. The setting is another weak point; the "castle" is a cheaply-built and fairly modern home and the mountaintop isn't really as inaccessible as it should be. Too many of the characters view the mounting death toll as a subject for derision rather than fear, so the movie lacks intensity and thrills. Disappointing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ALWAYS TEN LITTLE INDIANS Nov. 19 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I don't agree with most of the reviews of this. I think this is a good adaptation, and is seriously over/under/adequately acted by a marvelous group of character actors. Hugh O'Brian---cast because of his darkly handsome looks; Shirley Eaton for her blonde beauty; Daliah Lavi for those eyebrows; Marianne Hoppe and Mario Adorf were splendid in their housekeeping roles; Fabian appropriately as bad an actor as singer; and those wonderful British superstars Dennis Price, Stanley Holloway, Leo Genn and Wilfrid Hyde White hammy as they should be expected to be. The jazzy score is totally out of kilter, but it lends a kind of retrospective jolt to the senses.
Now, let's imagine TEN LITTLE INDIANS 2004--better special effects, the musical score featuring Christina Aguilera, Clay Aiken, Pink and REM. Director would be someone like Quentin Tarantino or Brian DePalma. And think of the cast:
DUSTIN HOFFMAN - Dr. Armstrong
TYNE DALY - The Judge
F. LEE ERMEY - The General
Oh, now, there's something to think about!
Just have fun watching these guys having fun.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed results trying to realize story's potential Nov. 17 2003
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Format:VHS Tape
The 1965 film is enjoyable and energetic. The characters are well-cast, especially the doctor, judge, Blore, and general. Some are more feisty than elsewhere, like the maid, butler, and spinster Brent, revamped as conceited actress Ilona and given a different, but entertaining, character and past crime. Only in this film are the maid and butler convincingly menacing. Fabian is obnoxious as a re-named Marston, but he is supposed to be; the film nicely places that character in a dissolute career, and he gives the best piano rendition of Ten Little Indians. The film livens up the methods and depictions of the murders. It changes some words of the nursery rhyme, but it closely adheres to its own version, right down to a bear statute toppled onto one character. Interactions between characters are more heated and less dainty than in 1945, as they should be, given the events.
However, the 1965 film is not as tightly and richly told, nor as well-acted, as the 1945 version. Hugh O'Brian and Shirley Eaton are appealing and have strong screen presence. But their Lombard and Vera seem relatively superficial and wooden. He does not give as smart and layered a performance as Louis Hayward, nor is she as strong as June Duprez. Dennis Price and Wilfrid Hyde-White each strike a better balance between seriousness and playfulness in their roles than did Walter Huston and Barry Fitzgerald, but are not as energetic, commanding, and entertaining. Ilona is amusing, but exaggerated, and displaces the distinctive Brent.
Lombard's past crime, and even more harmfully the general's, are changed in 1965 to something trite and unexplained. To no effect, Lombard is changed from explorer to engineer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hugh Lombard, "Drop dead!"
8 people are invited to a remote mountaintop chalet by their host U.N. Owen; two people are already there as the butler and cook. Read more
Published on July 1 2006 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars it is a good movie
hey, its a good movie. all you freaks who read the book and don't want to deviate, get over it. and for those who believe '45 is better, you're just nostalgic. Read more
Published on Jan. 21 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Wow...
I thought "And Then There Were None" was a bad adaptation...then one just flat out stinks.
Seriously, do not waste any time with this film. Please follow my advice.
Published on Nov. 13 2003 by TrezKu13
3.0 out of 5 stars Completely Unimaginative But Enjoyable In A Cult-Film Way
The 1930s Agatha Christie novel AND THEN THERE WERE NONE was a sensation: ten unconnected people are invited to an isolated resort only to discover they have been lured by a... Read more
Published on March 4 2002 by Gary F. Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable version of my favorite Christie
First off, I'm a huge Christie fan, and Ten Little Indians is my favorite of her stories. This is a solid, enjoyable retelling of the story, though it lacks the top drawer quality... Read more
Published on July 7 2000 by Richard A. Ketterer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Suspence Classic
This is a Great Murder Mystery that is full of suspence.You will enjoy the cast of,Hugh O'Brian, Fabian,Wilfrid Hyde-White,Stanley Holloway,Dennis Price,and Daliah Lavi.Buy this. Read more
Published on July 7 2000
Published on June 10 2000
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