Ordeal by Innocence (film)

Ordeal by Innocence is a 1984 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.

Ordeal by Innocence
Directed byDesmond Davis
Written byAgatha Christie (novel)
Alexander Stuart (screenplay)
StarringDonald Sutherland
Sarah Miles
Christopher Plummer
Ian McShane
Diana Quick
Faye Dunaway
Music byDave Brubeck
CinematographyBilly Williams
Edited byTimothy Gee
Distributed byCannon Films
Release date
  • 22 June 1986 (1986-06-22)
Running time
90 min.
CountryUnited Kingdom


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.



The film was shown at Italy's Mystfest on 22 June 1984.[1]


Dave Brubeck's musical score for the film was heavily criticised as totally inappropriate for this style of mystery.[2] 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".[3]


  1. "MYSTFEST ' 84 TANTI FILM E UN IMPUTATO: AGATHA CHRISTIE - la Repubblica.it". Archivio - la Repubblica.it.
  2. "Film Review: "Ordeal by Innocence" (1985)". 16 August 2011. wordpress.com. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  3. "Ordeal by Innocence". timeout.com. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
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