Evil Under the Sun (1982)

PG  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  5 March 1982 (USA)
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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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Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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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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The characters of Mrs. Castle and Rosamund Darnley in the source Agatha Christie's book 'Evil Under the Sun' were merged to be one character for this film, Daphne Castle (played by 'Maggie Smith'). See more »


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Patrick Redfern: I only touched the body to make sure it was dead.
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Greed did not pay off for a very egocentric, evil couple.
8 February 2000 | by (Middlehope, New York) – See all my reviews

Certainly one of the most cinematographically beautiful films of the '80s, this robust murder mystery keeps you guessing up to the very end. Magnificent scenery, wonderful costumes, and a brisk plot make this a film one that you will want to see again...and again.

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