Ordeal by Innocence (film)

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Ordeal by Innocence
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Directed by Desmond Davis
Written by Agatha Christie (novel)
Alexander Stuart (screenplay)
Starring Donald Sutherland
Sarah Miles
Christopher Plummer
Ian McShane
Diana Quick
Faye Dunaway
Music by Dave Brubeck
Cinematography Billy Williams
Edited by Timothy Gee
Distributed by Cannon Films
Release date
  • 17 May 1985 (1985-05-17)
Running time
90 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Ordeal by Innocence is a 1985 mystery film directed by Desmond Davis. It stars Donald Sutherland, Faye Dunaway, Christopher Plummer and Sarah Miles. It is based on the Agatha Christie novel Ordeal by Innocence.


Paleontologist Dr. Arthur Calgary visits the Argyle family to give them an address book that belongs to Jack Argyle. He is told that Jack was executed for the murder of his adoptive mother two years previously. Dr. Calgary can prove that Jack was innocent and restarts the investigation, with lethal consequences.



Dave Brubeck's musical score for the film was heavily criticised as totally inappropriate for this style of mystery.[1] A timeout.com review stated "the film succeeds admirably in catching a feeling of repression and social conformity, and the idea of murder as a means of maintaining respectability rather than for gain or passion" and "a genuine '50s black thriller".[2]


  1. ^ "Film Review: "Ordeal by Innocence" (1985)". 16 August 2011. wordpress.com. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Ordeal by Innocence". timeout.com. Retrieved 1 April 2018.

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