Crooked House

Crooked House

DVD - 2018
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In Agatha Christie's most twisted tale, a spy-turned-private-detective is lured by his former lover to catch her grandfather's murderer before Scotland Yard exposes dark family secrets.
Publisher: Culver City, California :, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 115 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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TEENREVIEWBOARD
May 10, 2018

Crooked House is a decent mystery movie and although the murderer is a bit predictable the story is still well adapted into this movie. The actors all play their roles well and although there were a lot of characters to try and keep track of they are memorable enough. The way things happen in the house truly live up to the name of the movie (and book). There are a lot of twists and great use of misdirection to try and throw you off the scent of the real killer. The setting is absolutely beautiful and the cast is marvelous and full of great British actors. -@sweaterz of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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poodlegirl
May 07, 2018

Well acted. Good adaptation script from Agatha Christie. Really GOOD ending!

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libertytoday2003
Apr 25, 2018

Absolutely loved this movie. It could have been anyone and with a superb cast of British characters. The houses and lands used were absolutely marvellous. I love old world architecture and I know that several houses in the UK were used in this movie, especially indoors. In fact all the while watching the movie I was keeping mental notes on the interiors of the rooms to see if I had seen them before. The only character not keen on was Gillian Anderson, kept thinking of her in X-Files. Oh well, can't have everything.

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vi2856
Apr 06, 2018

Not as good as I expected

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singidunum_25
Apr 03, 2018

Haven'r read a book yet, so I can't tell how good adaptation was, but nevertheless it was solid movie.

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LauraSteinert
Mar 21, 2018

Good but not fabulous. Costumes, sets, acting all outstanding. It just didn't come together well. Always fun to see what the British really think of Americans, though. These are not the characters we expect from Christie, and there was little to endear them to viewers.

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jimg2000
Mar 03, 2018

Familiar Christie murder mystery on the investigation of a controlling megalomaniacal patriarch, that everyone in his crooked hothouse of hate and suppressed passion (anger, jealousy, love, greed) was a suspect. A hint of Sherlock Holmes tribute in the shocking final twists.

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Shellie1_us
Mar 02, 2018

Beautifully filmed, loved the clothes! I actually was unsure who was the murderer. I was glad the ending did not disappoint.

multcolib_susannel Feb 06, 2018

When her tycoon grandfather is mysteriously murdered, Sophia Leonides enlists PI Charles Haywood to investigate.

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jimg2000
Mar 03, 2018

And these people relish their privacy as much as they relish their money.
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Sophia has never been run away with in her life. By a horse or anything else, come to that.
-Charles likes to think he rescued me.
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Anything you'd like to tell me?
-Not yet. You see, I read detective stories. And a good detective will take the time to gather evidence and question everyone before solving a case. Because the murderer is never the one you initially suspect.
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I drank far too much claret last night. Gives me headaches. Burgundy suits me so much better.
-Well, perhaps you should take an aspirin.
Aspirin? Pah! Hmpf! Hair of the dog, darling. Yeah. Cure evil with evil.

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jimg2000
Mar 03, 2018

Yes, my little brother is the man, despite having the business sense of a mongoose.
-But you are not in actual need of... Money?
No one in this house is in actual need of money.
-Why on earth would you stay here?
Because that was the deal. Besides, who actually wants to work for a living, Mr. Hayward?
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So tell me, how does it work? All of you living in this house together?
-Who told you it works?
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Your husband has a very sharp temper.
-Oh, he'd never hurt a fly. Loving your father is quite natural, of course. But this borders on idolatry. Being the favorite child isn't all jam.
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Are you done with your interrogation?
-Mm. For today.
Did you find many clues?
-You know, Josephine, the first round of interrogation is not so much about finding clues, as it is about getting a sense of who you're dealing with.
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I know lots of things. I listen at doors. People don't pay attention to me in this house. They're way too selfish for that. But I pay attention to them.

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jimg2000
Mar 03, 2018

May I ask you a blunt question?
-They're the only interesting kind.
What's wrong with people in this house?
-Heh. It is a blunt question indeed.
Sorry.
-Don't be. Passion. It is a hothouse of suppressed passion. This is what happens when the person you love the most in the world, who you would give your life for, is actually the same person that you hate the most.
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But if he died intestate, then... Then the primary beneficiary of the will is, of course, the second Mrs. Leonides.
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My past? In Cairo. I was a diplomat.
-Of course. And I am a duchess.
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Any one of them could have done it. They all had means. They all had opportunity.
-Motive?
Oh. Anger, jealousy, love, greed. Take your pick.
-So no communist, no Las Vegas mafia, no CIA conspiracy?
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It's highly likely that when he selected Laurence for the post of tutor to his grandchildren, he was also selecting him as Brenda's... Yes. To keep Brenda happy.

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jimg2000
Mar 03, 2018

I know you know things. Sometimes people don't know what they know.
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When Brenda was first introduced into the household, did it rather upset the apple cart?
-The apple cart remained upright, as I recall. Nor was there any tasting of forbidden fruits, if that's what you're insinuating.
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Did you realize then there'd never be any escape from this place until your father-in-law was dead?
-Yes. That exact thought went through my mind.
But now he is.
-So we can.
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During the war, he branched out. Bombs. First you destroy a city, then you go in afterwards and rebuild it. I'm not sure the world needs to know about that. That and other things.
-And that's for you to decide, is it?
Yes, it is.

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jimg2000
Mar 03, 2018

Sometimes I wonder why you bothered to have children at all, Magda. Soon as they were born, you were off to repertory in the remotest provincial theater you could find.
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What are murderers like?
-Well, um, you. And me. Everyone. Hot-blooded. Cold-blooded. They do share one or two traits. Vanity. A distorted morality. A lack of empathy. And murderers tend to feel that they are above the rules and laws that govern ordinary mortals.
Heh. Well, that description fits every member of this family.
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Surely we don't need a PI in the house for us all to tell each other the truth.
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There's nothing like a real heart-to-heart.
-Assuming one could find any real hearts under this roof.
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You know, Charles, they're trained combat dogs. They could kill you in an instant if they really wanted to.
-Meaning?
Like the rest of us, they like you.

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jimg2000
Mar 03, 2018

You are an extremely clever woman. And you are a de Haviland. I have seen what it takes to operate at a certain level, and it is not always pretty. So I want you to remember that lineage will help you find what's most important in life. A sense of balance.
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Grandfather always said fortunes don't last if they get split between the weak members of a family. They should be concentrated in the hands of the strong.
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These vampires. They set us up because we're not part of their world. … We never stood a chance against them.
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The evidence is almost entirely circumstantial.
-Usually is in a murder case. A lot depends on the impression they make on the jury.
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Why on earth would we want to poison a nice old woman who had never done us harm?
-Perhaps she wasn't the intended target.

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jimg2000
Mar 03, 2018

SPOILER ALERT:
Well, now is the time for Holmes to enlighten not only Watson, but Lestrade.
-I shan't tell the police anything. They're stupid.

I dare say you are extremely clever. It won't be much good to you if you're not alive long enough to enjoy the fact. Don't you understand, you foolish child, that so long as you insist on keeping your little secrets, you put yourself in imminent danger?
-Of course I do. But in some books, person after person is killed. And you end by spotting the murderer because he or she is practically the only person left. We must wait and see what happens next.
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He thought she was beautiful and gracious. But he said there was no point in me having any more ballet lessons because I would never be good enough or gracious enough. He said it wasn't so much swan lake as duck pond.
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I hate stupid people. "They're useless, apart from dying during wars" like grandpapa used to say.

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