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Evil Under the Sun (1982)

PG | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 5 March 1982 (USA)
Trying to find how a millionaire wound up with a phony diamond brings Hercule Poirot to an exclusive island resort frequented by the rich and famous. When a murder is committed, everyone has an alibi.




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Holidays can be murder. See more »


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Release Date:

5 March 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El diablo bajo el sol  »

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$4,659,287 (USA)

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Did You Know?


After The Mirror Crack'd (1980), this was the second and final Agatha Christie adaptation directed by Guy Hamilton. Hamilton directed the films consecutively and, prior to the first film, had not been "totally enamored" of the Christie books. See more »


The first time Patrick and Christine Redfern are heard arguing about Patrick's relationship with Arlena, Patrick says "I can't even speak to a pretty woman without you jumping to the conclusion that I'm having an affair with her". Later when Poirot flashes back to the scene, Patrick is heard saying "I can't even speak to a pretty woman with out you jumping to the conclusion that I'm... well, having an affair with her." The scenes are supposed to be identical but they are not. See more »


Patrick Redfern: I only touched the body to make sure it was dead.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits feature watercolors by British architect and artist, Sir Hugh Casson, who taught Prince Charles to paint. The titles for each actor feature an item of costume, prop or setting relevant to their character and those for the production team are similarly themed. See more »


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Best Ustinov Poirot
5 October 2001 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Many people blame Ustinov for not being authentic enough to the Agatha Christi novel but I think that the artistic licence worked well with him. Out of all 6 Ustinov=Poirot films this is the one I like most. One of the reasons is that it is shot at location on the beautiful Mallorca island of Spain and not in L.A.(as 3 of the others). The overall cast is also the best of the series. In the dubbed German version Peter Ustinov dubbed himself which gives his character the foreign touch of Mr. Poirot. One of the best and the prettiest whodunit I have seen so far. If you think that a mysterious plot can develop only in fog and rain then this one isn't the right one for you. The Evil is here under the sun.

9 / 10.

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