Agathie Christie's Poirot - Cards on the Table
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The whole thing is absolutely maddening. If you watch this, do not imagine that it bears any resemblance at all to the original book, because it doesn't.
Mr. Shaitana steers the dinner conversation to murder, suggesting ways that one might commit the crime. After dinner, Mr. Shaitana divides the guests into two groups of four and shows them to bridge tables in separate rooms. The sleuths -Poirot, Wheeler, Hughes, and Oliver- are in one room, and they wonder what the other group may have in common. Mr. Shaitana does not play bridge but tries to ensure that his guests enjoy themselves before falling asleep in a chair. At the end of the evening, as the guests say their goodbyes, it is discovered that Shaitana has been murdered, a stiletto driven through his heart while he slept. The four guests who played bridge in that room are the suspects, and the four sleuths must find the killer.
This is the most contrived set-up I've seen in an Agatha Christie novel, which is saying something. Mr. Shaitana is rich, bored, and amoral. He amuses himself with real-life games.Read more ›
The film is different than the book, book is still delightful.
However, I would be deceitful if I said I haven't forgotten Albert Finney's incomparable definitive definition of the role; you'd have to be completely unaware of it not to be playing in the background of your mind. Still, Suchet's interpretation is completely engaging and very enjoyable, particularly in contrast to the very first time I 'met' him as a psychotic manipulative murderer. An indelible performance that, unfortunately, tainted my view of the man for nearly as long as he's played the role of the Belgian sleuth.
It's still a difficult film to review because I'm one-hundred-percent certain that the character developed considerably over those many years. Already screened three other Poirot productions since this one, all out of order, and the interpretations are noticeably different. Mannerisms, timing, humor - or lack thereof - all different.
To properly gauge this film, I suspect I'll have to purchase the entire series and watch them in the order they were created to truly grasp the evolution of the character.
Growth is not something you can capture with a snapshot, especially with such an extensive archive of material.
For this film, Poiroit confronts a strange mystery - the death of a very wealthy and cultured gentleman from origins unknown. Shaitana, the toast of society, has announced a dinner party. To be invited is considered an honor, so Poirot takes it as a compliment when his would-be host insists on his presence.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm an Agatha Christie fan of many years, since Junior High School, in fact. I'm also a Poirot fan, but this story fell flat for me. Read morePublished on September 18, 2013 by University Doc
I do like the Poirot adaptations, but i HATE when plots are changed in books! Now, why add the homosexual reference? Not everyone likes this thrown into their faces by the media! Read morePublished on November 16, 2012 by Sean J. Hagins
The film is a crass, stupid, smug rewrite of the original plot. Well acted trash. Grossly overpriced to boot. Buy it elsewhere if you must see it.... Read morePublished on April 22, 2012 by Linc
I just watched "Cards on the Table" and am, once again, outraged by the blatant inclusion of homosexual characters in novels wherein they did not originally appear. Read morePublished on September 14, 2010 by Lover of English
I'm getting the entire series - bit by bit. That's how much I like Suchet and Poirot.Published on April 22, 2010 by Book Carpenter
This Mystery was the first Poirot to disappoint me. ( I haven't seen all of them). The screenwriter did not seem to capture Agatha Christie's style. The show moved too slowly. Read morePublished on December 8, 2009 by James Barlow Jr.
I read the book before I saw the movie. I can't believe it could be so different. They killed off Rhonda Dawe instead of Anne Meridith and made Dr. Roberts gay. Read morePublished on November 13, 2009 by terri lynn luchies
I have seen about four of these movies and tv series
with this actor. The Mrs. Oliver versions are better
constructed and less derivative. Read more
I have just about all of Poirot's mysteries. There are also some computer game as well. They are the "seek and find" type. Hastings adds a lot to the plot.Published on September 27, 2008 by Sharon K. Bush