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22nd May '16 8:10:48 AM WillBGood
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* OnlyTheLeadsGetAHappyEnding: [[spoiler:PLayed straight in the play and most of the film adaptations; viciously subverted in the original novel, the Russian film, and the 2015 BBC miniseries]].

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* OnlyTheLeadsGetAHappyEnding: [[spoiler:PLayed [[spoiler:Played straight in the play and most of the film adaptations; viciously subverted in the original novel, the Russian film, and the 2015 BBC miniseries]].
16th May '16 6:52:39 PM DoctorNemesis
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->''Ladies and gentlemen, silence please. You stand accused of the following indictments...''
25th Apr '16 2:10:45 PM DoctorNemesis
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* {{Hypocrite}}: In the 2015 version, after "U.N. Owen's" recording has played, everyone offers either a flat denial or an implicitly self-serving account of the crime they've been charged of... except for Lombard, who bluntly admits that the recording was entirely true in his case. As his crime is obviously appalling, everyone present self-righteously lays into him, until he points out that he at least is willing to stand up and own what he has done:
-->'''Lombard:''' So either I'm embellishing a story for shocking effect, or I'm the only one telling the truth in a room full of ''liars''.
24th Mar '16 6:49:49 PM Lullaby22
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: During the opening, there's a subtle hint that [[spoiler: Wargrave is the killer and not an intended victim.]] His letter [[spoiler: is the only one not to use some variation of "U.N. Owen" as a signature, signifying that he isn't a real target.]]
17th Mar '16 12:47:47 AM Gess
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** The Russian adaptation leaves out [[spoiler:Wargrave's obsession with murder and paints him as more of a vigilante who got fed up with the corrupt judicial system and decided to stage a "perfect trial": "No two-faced [[AmoralAttorney sell-outs of lawyers]], no ridiculous capes or wigs--just the judge face to face with the accused, and the criminal with his executioner."]]

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** The Russian adaptation leaves out [[spoiler:Wargrave's obsession with murder and paints him as more of a vigilante who got fed up with the corrupt judicial system and decided to stage a "perfect trial": "No two-faced [[AmoralAttorney sell-outs of lawyers]], no ridiculous capes or wigs--just the judge face to face with the accused, and the criminal with his executioner."]]" He never mentions his terminal illness either, so his decision to kill himself can be seen as a conscious act of self-execution, since in the end he ''is'' a mass murderer, and "the greatest judge" like himself would never let such a thing go.]]
16th Mar '16 11:59:09 AM Seanette
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** In the Russian adaptation it's Vera who's callously lenient towards Lombard's crime (abandoning two dozen native Africans to their deaths), because "Well, they were only negroes", and it's ''Emily'' who retorts that: "Black or white, they're our brothers."

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** In the Russian adaptation it's Vera who's callously lenient towards Lombard's crime (abandoning two dozen native Africans to their deaths), because "Well, they were only negroes", and it's ''Emily'' who retorts that: "Black or white, they're our brothers."" (As mentioned above, they have this conversation in the novel as well.)
16th Mar '16 6:45:34 AM major-kumquat
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Creator/AgathaChristie wrote the book in 1939 and later adapted the story into a play in 1943 (with a RevisedEnding). The various [[FilmOfTheBook film versions]] (including four English-language films from 1945, 1965, 1975, and 1989) mostly use the play's ending or a variation thereof, which makes sense once you know the book's ending. A Russian film version from 1987 is the only major film adaptation to use the novel's original ending. A three-part BBC miniseries was announced for December 2015 to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Christie's birth.

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Creator/AgathaChristie wrote the book in 1939 and later adapted the story into a play in 1943 (with a RevisedEnding). The various [[FilmOfTheBook film versions]] (including four English-language films from 1945, 1965, 1975, and 1989) mostly use the play's ending or a variation thereof, which makes sense once you know the book's ending. A The Russian 1987 film version from 1987 is and the three-part 2015 BBC miniseries are the only major film adaptation to use adaptations that retain the novel's original ending. A three-part BBC miniseries was announced for December 2015 to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Christie's birth.
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* ChekhovsGun: Lombard has a bag with a different set of initials when he arrives.

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* ChekhovsGun: In some of the adaptations, Lombard has a bag with a different set of initials when he arrives.arrives. [[spoiler:See DeadPersonImpersonation, below]].



* OnlyTheLeadsGetAHappyEnding

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* OnlyTheLeadsGetAHappyEnding OnlyTheLeadsGetAHappyEnding: [[spoiler:PLayed straight in the play and most of the film adaptations; viciously subverted in the original novel, the Russian film, and the 2015 BBC miniseries]].



** it's blink-and-you'll-miss-it, but in the 2015 series Blore is shown going over the list of guests he's been given in his letter. He writes 'Fenian' next to Phillip Lombard's name, and at one point (can't remember the exact quote, sorry) claims that Lombard's the obvious suspect because he's Irish, and out to kill all English. Probably, a PragmaticAdaptation / RealLifeWritesThePlot due to Aiden Turner being Irish.
** In the Russian adaptation it's Vera who's callously lenient towards Lombart's crime (abandoning two dozen native Africans to their deaths), because "Well, they were only negroes", and it's ''Emily'' who retorts that: "Black or white, they're our brothers."

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** it's It's blink-and-you'll-miss-it, but in the 2015 series Blore is shown going over the list of guests he's been given in his letter. He writes 'Fenian' next to Phillip Lombard's name, and at one point (can't remember the exact quote, sorry) claims that Lombard's the obvious suspect because he's Irish, and out to kill all English. Probably, a PragmaticAdaptation / RealLifeWritesThePlot due to Aiden Turner being Irish.
** In the Russian adaptation it's Vera who's callously lenient towards Lombart's Lombard's crime (abandoning two dozen native Africans to their deaths), because "Well, they were only negroes", and it's ''Emily'' who retorts that: "Black or white, they're our brothers."



* SerialKillerKiller: In the 2015 TV series, [[spoiler:Wargrave]] is a literal one in the backstory, as [[spoiler: Edward Seton undergoes AdaptationalVillainy to become genuine serial killer]].

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* SerialKillerKiller: In the 2015 TV series, [[spoiler:Wargrave]] is a literal one in the backstory, as [[spoiler: Edward Seton undergoes AdaptationalVillainy to become a genuine serial killer]].



* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler:Vera is spared in the play and all but one of the English language films. Lombard is spared in the play and the 1965 and 1989 films. (The adaptations featuring Charles Morley avert the sparing of Lombard; he committed suicide before the story began.)]]

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* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler:Vera is spared in the play and all but one of the English language English-language films. Lombard is spared in the play and the 1965 and 1989 films. (The adaptations featuring Charles Morley avert the sparing of Lombard; he committed suicide before the story began.)]]
14th Mar '16 8:08:32 PM Leaper
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*** Blore and Macarthur, rather than simply sending their victims to a guaranteed death, are both shown to have actively murdered their respective victims [[spoiler: with Blore beating his victim to death and Macarthur shooting his wife's lover in the back of the head.]]

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*** Blore and Macarthur, rather than simply sending their victims to a guaranteed death, are both shown to have actively murdered their respective victims [[spoiler: with Blore beating his victim to death and Macarthur shooting his wife's lover in the back of the head.]]]] ([[PragmaticAdaptation Likely because the use of flashbacks to the actual crimes made the indirect methods less visually interesting and harder to explain.]])



** The 2015 BBC adaptation goes for this to some extent; including scenes such as Marston taking cocaine, Rogers beating his wife, gorier deaths than those described in the book, and very brutal flashbacks to the murders committed by each victim. An to top all that, all but one of the indirect deaths caused by the guests in the novels are turned into straight up murders committed by their own hands.

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** The 2015 BBC adaptation goes for this to some extent; extent, including scenes such as Marston taking cocaine, Rogers beating his wife, gorier deaths than those described in the book, and very brutal flashbacks to the murders committed by each victim. An And to top all that, all but one of the indirect deaths caused by the guests in the novels are turned into straight up murders committed by their own hands.hands, presumably to make said flashbacks more interesting.



*** the BBC adaptation has the group bursting into Marsters' room to find Rogers all but under the bed. When questioned (at gunpoint, mind) Rogers brings out a folded-up camp-bed. They'd stored it under Marsters' bed originally, because 'young gentlemen never look under the beds'; he intended to use it in a spare room. Given how he treated his wife during the brief time we see her alive, it's possible that Ethel insisted on separate beds. Or even that it was simply the only below-stairs bedroom with enough bed/s for two people. (Wargrave didn't want two of his killers/victims to have easy access for hanky-panky??)
* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler:Vera is spared in the play and all but one of the English language films. Lombard is spared in the play and the 1965 and 1989 films. (The adaptations featuring Charles Morley avert the sparing of Lombard; he commited suicide before the story began.)]]

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*** the The BBC adaptation has the group bursting into Marsters' Marston's room to find Rogers all but under the bed. When questioned (at gunpoint, mind) Rogers brings out a folded-up camp-bed. They'd stored it under Marsters' Marston's bed originally, because 'young gentlemen never look under the beds'; he intended to use it in a spare room. Given how he treated his wife during the brief time we see her alive, it's possible that Ethel insisted on separate beds. Or even that it was simply the only below-stairs bedroom with enough bed/s for two people. (Wargrave didn't want two of his killers/victims to have easy access for hanky-panky??)
* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler:Vera is spared in the play and all but one of the English language films. Lombard is spared in the play and the 1965 and 1989 films. (The adaptations featuring Charles Morley avert the sparing of Lombard; he commited committed suicide before the story began.)]]
29th Feb '16 10:57:02 PM Boggs
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* AintTooProudToBeg: In the 2015 version, [[spoiler: Vera tries to bargain with Wargrave to save her wretched life. [[SoftSpokenSadist Wargrave patiently indulges her...]] then gives her a subdued ReasonYouSuckSpeech, kicks away the chair keeping her from hanging, [[AssholeVictim and then leaves her to her (well-deserved) fate.]]]]

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* AintTooProudToBeg: In the 2015 version, [[spoiler: Vera tries to bargain with Wargrave to save her wretched life. [[SoftSpokenSadist Wargrave patiently indulges her...]] then gives her a subdued ReasonYouSuckSpeech, [[KickTheSonOfABitch kicks away the chair keeping her from hanging, hanging,]] [[AssholeVictim and then leaves her to her (well-deserved) fate.]]]]
29th Feb '16 10:55:40 PM Boggs
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* AintTooProudToBeg: In the 2015 version, [[spoiler: Vera tries to bargain with Wargrave to save her wretched life. [[Sadist Wargrave indulges her...]] then gives her a subdued ReasonYouSuckSpeech, kicks away the chair keeping her from hanging, [[AssholeVictim and then leaves her to her (well-deserved) fate.]]]]

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* AintTooProudToBeg: In the 2015 version, [[spoiler: Vera tries to bargain with Wargrave to save her wretched life. [[Sadist [[SoftSpokenSadist Wargrave patiently indulges her...]] then gives her a subdued ReasonYouSuckSpeech, kicks away the chair keeping her from hanging, [[AssholeVictim and then leaves her to her (well-deserved) fate.]]]]
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