And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None

DVD - 2016
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In the 1930s, ten strangers are invited to an island by a mysterious host and begin to be killed one by one.
Publisher: Silver Spring, MD : Acorn Media, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9786316416049
6316416040
Branch Call Number: DVD And the
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (177 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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atfrancis
Feb 26, 2021

A good updated adaptation of a popular old Agatha Christie classic.
I was hesitant to watch this as I've seen the older versions which
seemed to me to be a bit ponderous to get through. But I found
myself pleasantly pleased and very engaged with this version.

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Janice21383
Feb 18, 2021

The adaptation that made Agatha Christie's fast-paced suspense classic slow and ponderous. It's hard to complain too much, because it is well -performed, and I imagine the writers were tempted to give each actor his big moment. Still, "opening out" each individual's story adds little or nothing. At most, it should be a tight two hours, and this version is three.

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Walter724
Feb 17, 2021

This is a well-done, spooky 3-episode series based on an Agatha Christie novel with the same name. It has made me interested in reading the book! If you like a good suspense mystery thriller, this won't disappoint!

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Janezee
Jan 10, 2021

Probably my favorite Agatha Christie novel, next to Witness for the Prosecution, although not my favorite film version.
She wasn't just all cozy. This is a particularly dark interpretation.
If you didn't like it, perhaps the book would be more satisfying for you. It's still the most inventive novel of its time.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Dec 04, 2019

I rate the film And Then There Were None a 5/5. The film is dark and spooky which fits the theme of the film; murder mystery. Many flashbacks show the dark pasts of all the characters which slowly fills in gaps and lets the watcher learn about the characters. The short series is composed of 3 episodes, which add up to around 2.5 hours in total. I recommend the short series because it takes Agatha Christie's fantastic novel and adds a Hollywood twist. Of course, the film added a few features and plot points for added drama, but personally, I think that it suits the plot perfectly and just enhances the film. I can't exactly share what the added drama is, but as someone who has read the book and watched the film, I find the short series to be more interesting. It's mysterious and makes you question what is truly right and wrong in the world. All the characters are different, yet similar, in their own way, so you wonder who to sympathize with, even if they are possibly a killer. Overall, And Then There Were None is an amazing short series and is a great watch for any mystery and thriller lovers!
- @TheBookkeeper of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

JCLKarynH Jul 02, 2019

This mini-series took me completely by surprise. I've never read the Agatha Christie mystery that this was based off of, so I didn't know what I was getting myself into. This series is not the usual cozy Agatha Christie mystery of a genteel village with secrets to be unearthed. It is dark and disturbing. I didn't like it at first, but after a second viewing, I developed an appreciation for the themes it explores: paranoia, guilt, the fact that all humans are capable of murder in the right circumstances, and the slippery slope of "justice." There's a lot of flashbacks from past to present as we explore the psychological lives of each character. As with all Agatha Christie mysteries, I was not able to guess the culprit. I truly didn't see the shocking conclusion coming. All the actors are top notch British stock, especially Charles Dance. The ambiance was wonderfully sinister and I love when poems or nursery rhymes are used in a menacing way. If you like mysteries that explore the dark recesses of the human psyche, give this series a go.

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rp3276
May 31, 2019

This is a great story from Agatha Christie. The acting, backgrounds and props are perfect for the time period. My complaint of this movie is the producers injecting political statements into the story. Two are hidden in this movie: One is Homosexuality and the other of the killing of 21 tribesmen in Africa. They do not say Africa but they state it was over diamonds so that sums that location up. Neither of this homosexuality or anti-colonialism is in the book. Can we just leave the political propaganda out and let us enjoy the story. We watch movies to go somewhere else....Well, at least I do. The acting is superb. What would Agatha say? She would be amazed that in 2019 we are enjoying her story!

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Fionaenzo
May 04, 2019

All-star cast. Suspenseful. Top tier mystery. I never read the book so I really enjoyed not knowing who the murderer was till the end.

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Palomino
Apr 16, 2019

I really liked it, although I still roll my eyes at "ten little soldiers" because as a lifelong reader I'm old enough to remember when it was "Indians", AND when it was can't-even-say-that-these-days. I hope to live long enough to see it become "ten little Pokemon", or something!

Anyways, brilliant cast of actors, brilliant Agatha Christie story, really well done. For those of you who keep track of such things, Sam Neill and Toby Stephens have switched off the sexy for their roles, but Aidan Turner must have a clause in every contract saying that he will Not.

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nelll
Mar 28, 2019

I’ve read the book and seen this version of it....a very very good movie..especially with my fav Sam Neill...I really recommend this movie...you’ll enjoy it.

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Other: During a party, they all use cocaine and alcohol to stay awake.

Coarse Language: At least 3 uses of the F-word.

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jimg2000
Nov 02, 2016

Tons of memorable lines, e.g.:

Whereabouts in the country?
-The Devon coast. Soldier Island.
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I always think it's rather a weakness to be so affected by something in one's circumstances. Rather indulgent. Almost vain. We must be strong, Mrs. Rogers, especially in these times. We must be valiant...
and virtuous. We must be Englishwomen.
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Although, you shouldn't call it a poem, Miss Claythorne. It's doggerel. Poetry should be uplifting.
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She might look like the undead, but she can definitely cook.
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Convention, Miss Claythorne, is what keeps us together in the face of impending chaos.
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But why teach in a third-rate establishment producing third-rate girls? Barely worth your time and
effort, I would have thought.
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I've had more than my fair share of lazy and vindictive staff.

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jimg2000
Nov 02, 2016

Ten little Indian boys went out to dine;
One choked his little self and then there were nine.
Nine little Indian boys sat up very late;
One overslept himself and then there were eight.
Eight little Indian boys travelling in Devon;
One said he'd stay there and then there were seven.
Seven little Indian boys chopping up sticks;
One chopped himself in halves and then there were six.
Six little Indian boys playing with a hive;
A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.
Five little Indian boys going in for law;
One got in Chancery and then there were four.
Four little Indian boys going out to sea;
A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.
Three little Indian boys walking in the Zoo;
A big bear hugged one and then there were two.
Two little Indian boys sitting in the sun;
One got frizzled up and then there was one.
One little Indian boy left all alone;
He went and hanged himself and then there were none.

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