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Thirteen at Dinner (film)

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Thirteen at Dinner
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Based onLord Edgware Dies
1933 novel
by Agatha Christie
Written byRod Browning
Directed byLou Antonio
StarringPeter Ustinov
Faye Dunaway
Diane Keen
Bill Nighy
David Suchet
Music byJohn Addison
Country of originUnited Kingdom
United States
Original languageEnglish
ProducerNeil Hartley
Production locationsLondon
Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, London, England
Shad Thames, Southwark, London, England
CinematographyCurtis Clark
EditorDavid A. Simmons
Running time87 minutes
Production companiesCBS Entertainment Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Original networkCBS
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original releaseOctober 19, 1985 (1985-10-19)
Preceded byEvil Under the Sun
Followed byDead Man's Folly

Thirteen at Dinner is a 1985 British-American made-for-television mystery film featuring the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.[1] Adapted by Rod Browning from the 1933 Agatha Christie novel Lord Edgware Dies,[2] it was directed by Lou Antonio and starred Peter Ustinov, Faye Dunaway, Jonathan Cecil, Diane Keen, Bill Nighy and David Suchet, who was later to play Poirot in the long-running television series entitled Agatha Christie's Poirot.[3][4] The film first aired on CBS Television on October 18, 1985.[5]


Hercule Poirot appears on David Frost's talk show with actor Bryan Martin. The two are joined by Martin's costar Jane Wilkinson, who is later revealed to be a Wilkinson impersonator named Carlotta Adams. Adams' impression of Wilkinson is so perfect it fools Martin himself. Martin, Poirot, and Poirot's assistant Captain Arthur Hastings attend a dinner party, where the real Jane Wilkinson corners Poirot and asks for his help getting her a divorce from her husband, Lord Edgeware. Poirot agrees, only to discover that Lord Edgeware has already granted the divorce.

The next day, Lord Edgware is found dead. His staff insist that Wilkinson must have killed him, since she had threatened to once before. Inspector Japp is ready to arrest Wilkinson for the crime, but she has an alibi: she was at a dinner party with 12 other people. After Carlotta Adams is also murdered, Poirot investigates, much to Japp's annoyance. In the end, it is revealed that Jane Wilkinson did in fact murder her husband, hiring Adams to attend the dinner party in her stead in order to give herself an alibi. She then killed Adams to ensure her silence.



Thirteen At Dinner was the first of three television films featuring Sir Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot. All three were given contemporary settings, rather than being set in the era in which they were originally written. Ustinov had appeared as Poirot in two previous theatrical films after taking over the role from Albert Finney.[6]


  1. ^ "Agatha Christie's 13 At Dinner". TCM. Retrieved 28 December 2021.
  2. ^ Parkinson, David. "Thirteen at Dinner". Radio Times. Retrieved 28 December 2021.
  3. ^ "13 at Dinner (1985)". BFI.
  4. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989-)".
  5. ^ Sanders, Dennis (1989). The Agatha Christie companion : the complete guide to Agatha Christie's life and work. Len Lovallo. New York: Berkley Books. ISBN 0-425-11845-2. OCLC 20660363.
  6. ^ "The 5 Best Actors Who Have Played Hercule Poirot - The New York Times". 15 February 2022. Archived from the original on 15 February 2022. Retrieved 28 March 2022.

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