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What happened when best-selling mystery novelist Agatha Christie disappeared for 11 days back in 1926? The British Agatha "answers" that question. Vanessa Redgrave is cast as Ms. Christie, who vanished from her home not long after her husband (Timothy Dalton) informed her that he was leaving her. Nearly two weeks later, after being the subject of a nationwide search, Christie showed up none the worse for wear at a health spa in Yorkshire, insisting that she could remember nothing of her experiences during her disappearance. According to scriptwriters Kathleen Tynan and Arthur Hopcraft, Christie was located before her return by American reporter Wally Stanton (an uncomfortable-looking Dustin Hoffman), after enjoying a brief romantic fling with the authoress. The journalist decided to keep his discovery a secret. Another plot wrinkle concerns Christie's plan for revenge against her errant husband -- a scheme with all the earmarks of a Dustin Hoffman or Dustin Hoffman whodunit. Agatha represented former TV director Michael Apted's matriculation to A-pictures with major stars; he fared better with his subsequent endeavor, Michael Apted (1980). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Shirley Russell Best Costume Design 1979 Nominee


Dustin Hoffman
as Wally Stanton
Vanessa Redgrave
as Agatha Christie
Timothy Dalton
as Capt. Archibald Christie
Helen Morse
as Evelyn Crawley
Celia Gregory
as Nancy Neele
Paul Brooke
as John Foster
Yvonne Gilan
as Mrs. Braithwaite
David Hargreaves
as Sgt. Jarvis
Robert Longden
as Pettelson
Alan Badel
as Lord Brackenbury
Carolyn Pickles
as Charlotte Fisher
Liz Smith
as Flora
Hubert Rees
as Official at Literary Luncheon
Irene Sutcliffe
as Dress Shop Manageress
Sandra Voe
as Therapist
Anne Francis
as Jane
Donald Nithsdale
as Uncle Jones
Timothy West
as Kenward
Pamela Austin
as Pierrots
Howard Blake
as Hotel Trio
Tim Seely
as Capt. Rankin


Michael Apted
Gavrik Losey
Jarvis Astaire
Arthur Hopcraft
Vittorio Storaro
Johnny Mandel
Composer (Music Score)
Jim Clark
Shirley Russell
Production Designer
Simon Holland
Art Director
Shirley Russell
Costume Designer
Christian Wangler
Sound/Sound Designer