Theatrical Release Date: TBC
Home Ent. Release Date: 24 May 2009
Adapted from Agatha Christie’s favourite among her novels, Ordeal by Innocence stars Donald Sutherland (Mash, Don’t Look Now) as Dr Arthur Calgary, a scientist just returned from a 2 year expedition in the Antarctic. When he goes to return a man’s address book that he once gave a lift to, he discovers that the man he has been hanged for murder and that the address book provided his only alibi. Spurred on by shock and guilt, Calgary is disturbed to discover the family concerned seem more interested in covering up the past than uncovering the real murderer. It transpires that the victim, Rachel Argyle (Faye Dunaway, Chinatown, Bonnie & Clyde) had more than a few enemies amongst a family that harboured an unfaithful husband, a clandestine love affair, a 15-year-old kleptomaniac as well as a long line of relatives eager for their mother’s inheritance. As their sordid secrets are uncovered, will Calgary’s investigation end up doing more harm than the original crime? Perfectly capturing the tone of 1950s repression and social conformity and supported by a standout jazz score from Dave Brubeck, Ordeal By Innocence unfolds skilfully into a tense, engrossing thriller.