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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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Hercule Poirot is called in to investigate a case for an insurance company regarding firstly a dead woman's body found on a moor and then a important diamond sent to the company to be insured turns out to be a fake. Poirot discovers that the diamond was bought for Arlena Marshall by Sir Horace Platt and Arlena is on her honeymoon with her husband and step-daughter on a tropical island hotel. He joins them on the island and finds that everybody else starts to hate Arlena for different reasons - refusing to do a stage show, stopping a book, and for having an open affair with Patrick Redfern, another guest, in full view of his shy wife. So it's only a matter of time before Arlena turns up dead, strangled and Poirot must find out who it is... Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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While vacationing in the Greek Isles, famous detective Hercule Poirot spotted a beautiful woman on the beach. Realizing that she was dead, he did not ask her out to dinner. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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El diablo bajo el sol  »

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$4,659,287 (USA)
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Trivia

The film relocates the provincial North Devon, England setting on Smuggler's Island off the Devonshire Coast from the Agatha Christie source 'Evil Under the Sun' novel to an island in the Adriatic Sea "somewhere west of Suez", a setting played by the exotic Spanish island location of Majorca. The film's screenwriter Anthony Shaffer once said of this: "The location is important. The island should be a star. Just as the Nile steamer [in Death on the Nile (1978)] and the Orient Express [in Murder on the Orient Express (1974)] were stars". Majorca also was at the time the home of the film's director Guy Hamilton. See more »

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Poirot claims that Daphne could not possibly have seen in the mirror Kenneth Marshall sitting at the desk typing. However, the next shot is of the desk from Daphne's viewpoint and the typewriter is clearly visible. If Kenneth had been typing, his hands on the keys would be in view, and if he were leaning forward, a large part of his body would be as well. See more »

Quotes

Myra Gardener: Well, what the hell do we do now, Odell?
Odell Gardener: Just leave it to me. I'll think of something.
Myra Gardener: Hmmph, my hero. I swear, if you were a man I would divorce you.
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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 »

Connections

Featured in Agatha Christie: A Woman of Mystery (2007) See more »

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I Get A Kick Out of You
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Written by Cole Porter
Heard as a theme
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A delightful romp with wonderful characters
1 May 2000 | by (Southern California) – See all my reviews

Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot is at his best in this movie that is worth the time for the soundtrack of Cole Porter classics or the magnificent cinematography alone. But the performances by Maggie Smith, Roddy McDowall, James Mason and others shouldn't be overlooked either. This is not what you'd call a classic film by any stretch of the imagination, but if you love a feast for the eyes and ears and enjoy quirky characters and Agatha Christie plots don't miss this one. If you've seen it before, see it again!!


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