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>
Evil is Everywhere. Even in Paradise.
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Did You Know?
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
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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
Well, what the hell do we do now, Odell?
Just leave it to me. I'll think of something.
Hmmph, my hero. I swear, if you were a man I would divorce you.
Referenced in There's Nothing Out There
Begin the Beguine
Written by Cole Porter
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