Agatha Christie's Marple: The Pale Horse
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As seen on the PBS Mystery! series
Miss Marple (Julia McKenzie, Cranford) receives a mysterious list of names from her friend Father Gorman, who sent it moments before he was brutally murdered on a London street. She soon discovers that people on the list are dying. A clue leads her to the Pale Horse Inn in Hampshire, a spooky establishment run by three modern-day witches. As she closes in on the truth, one of the guests is found dead in his bed, and Miss Marple learns that her own life may be in danger.
This "quintessential Agatha Christie murder mystery" (The Times, U.K.) features a star-studded cast including Oscar® nominee Pauline Collins (Shirley Valentine), Sarah Alexander (Coupling), JJ Feild (Northanger Abbey), and Bill Paterson (Traffik).
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So, what upsets me with this DVD set? It includes only one new movie, for a relatively huge price. The old version has been out for years, and I bought it years ago. Unfortunately, PBS refused to show the Pale Horse last year with the other Marple movies. So, this year, we only have one new Marple movie on Mystery. Because the movie can't be sold on DVD until it is shown on PBS, this set only has one new movie. Not wanting to sell a DVD with only one movie, the DVD set resurrects the old Pale Horse, which I do not need. From my point of view, I am being asked to pay $27 for a bundled package where I only want one movie.... PLEASE.
This isn't new. PBS has often delayed the release of mysteries for a year. For example, all of the mysteries in the upcoming Poirot's Movie Collection 6 were aired last year in the UK. They will air this year on PBS and sold on DVD in America this year. I didn't mind this because the DVD set includes 3 movies. The year before, Poirot's Movie Collection 5 included two movies, Third Girl and Appointment with Death, that aired in the UK the year before. Again, I didn't mind because I was being asked to purchase a DVD set of three movies.Read more ›
PALE HORSE 2010 has what the other DVD and book does not have. Miss Jane Marple is not original, but added by screenplay writer Russell Lewis. This British Marple heroine is a TV favorite to A.Christie fans so it is a delight to see Marple (Julia McKenzie-`Cranford') brought to life solving another case, along with CI Lejeune (Neil Pearson-`Bridget Jones'). The Pale Horse is a struggling inn with 2 witch owners and 1 with cleaning lady. The 3 `modern' witches are Thyrza (Pauline Collins "Thomas & Sarah' `Upstairs Downstairs'); Sybil (Susan Lynch-`Amongst Women' `Elizabeth The Golden Age'); & Bella (Jenny Galloway). A very famous 1996 witch is Thyrza (Jean Marsh-`Upstairs Downstairs').
A lady dies; a priest has a list of names (7 in 2010, 6 in 1996) which gets him murdered. Marple gets mailed one list. In 1996, a passerby, Easterbrook (Colin Buchanan-`Dalziel & Pascoe') gets the murderer tag and must use the list to find the real killer. Easterbrook is the godson of one on the list in 2010.Read more ›
This is the first Miss Marple mystery I have seen with Julia McKenzie playing the divine Miss M. and I loved her as Miss Marple. A mystery writer once said--it could have been Agatha--that she purposely didn't go into much physical description of her detective as she wanted the reader to imagine them the way they came across to the reader. So, as long as Miss Marple has gray hair, sensible clothes, and a discerning visage, I'm happy.
Although I think I read THE PALE HORSE as a teenager, I didn't remember the plot so didn't mind any divergence from the book. Loved the Pale Horse Inn--the architecture and quintessential English decor--and the plot was quite original. The village of Deepling was charming as well.
The characters seemed a bit of stock characters, but again, don't mind those in Dame Agatha's mysteries...so all in all this is a fun escape to an English Inn in a charming village with an insightful detective and some entertaining and colorful characters. If you like Miss Marple mysteries, you should enjoy this enactment of one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very nice Julia McKenzie Marple episode, missing from the collection DVDs. Also includes a 90 minute TV movie that seems truer to the book.Published 2 months ago by VM370Guy
We used to watch this all the time when we had a DVR and recorded it from a PBS program. The DVD version goes into more detail and includes another version (origanally this wasn't... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Joseph L. Bartram