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Friday, April 30, 2021

Dead Man's Island (1996)

An investigating journalist (Barbara Eden) gets a phone call from a very rich, old flame (William Shatner) that she hasn't seen in 20 years. When she arrives at his secluded island home, he tells her that someone is trying to kill him and, of course, all the suspects are his guests for the weekend. Meanwhile, a catastrophic storm is heading toward the island. Based on the novel by Carolyn G. Hart and directed by Peter Roger Hunt. Who doesn't love a good whodunit and this Agatha Christie style murder mystery is rich in atmosphere and clever twists. It may not rank with the best of Christie but this minor whodunit delivers without insulting our intelligence. Fans of the genre should find much to enjoy. The solid score is by Arthur B. Rubenstein. Among the suspects: Roddy McDowall, Olivia Hussey, Morgan Fairchild, Christopher Atkins, Traci Lords, Christopher Cazenove, Jameson Parker and Don Most.

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