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Evil Under the Sun (1982)

 -  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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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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Actresses Diana Rigg and Maggie Smith both have children who later appeared together in another production based on an Agatha Christie novel. Rachael Stirling (Rigg's daughter) and Toby Stephens (Smith's son) appeared in Agatha Christie: Poirot: Five Little Pigs (2003). See more »

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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 »

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Myra Gardener: There she goes, not a care in the world.
Odell Gardener: I'll make her care.
Myra Gardener: Oh, what do you know about care? If it had been up to you, the good Samaritan would have passed by on the other side.
Odell Gardener: I have an idea but I need to work it out.
Myra Gardener: Yeah, well don't forget about my cousin, Hatty Heimenheimer. It took her so long to "work out an idea," they finally had to stash her away in the booby hatch!
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In the Still of the Night
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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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