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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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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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This motion picture was selected to be the 1982 Royal Film Performance. The film screened on Monday 22nd March 1982 at London's Odeon Theatre, Leicester Square in the gracious presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with proceeds from the charity UK premiere going to the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund. However, this screening was not the world premiere of the film, it had debuted in Australia a month earlier in February 1982, the picture launching down under there because EMI's Can't Stop the Music (1980) had had its best box-office returns there. See more »

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When Poirot performs the magic trick for Linda Marshall, she replies "I know how you did that. The egg's in your top pocket." However, Poirot's top pocket is flat and cannot contain the egg. See more »

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This is a superb film – right through.

A group of wealthy performers, writers and producers gather for a holiday on a beautiful island hotel run by an ex-show girl played by Maggie Smith. Right from the arrival of the guests the sparks start to fly. The interplay between Maggie Smith and Diana Rigg is priceless and Maggie Smith is really funny throughout the entire film.

The entire cast is absolutely top notch and they all bring their own particular quality to this murder mystery. Of course there is a nasty bit of murder and our detective just happens to be around to solve the apparently unsolvable case, Ustinov has made character his own and will always be the definitive Piorot.

Throughout the film there is a dry wit which a delight and a very clever twist in the end. Not many films made this well nowadays.


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