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Evil Under the Sun (1982)

PG | | 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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El diablo bajo el sol  »

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$4,659,287 (USA)
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When Poirot examines the hotel register for signatures of previous guests, he discovers the names of several international celebrities during the 1930s, including Cole Porter, around whose music the film score is derived; Ivor Novello; Maurice Chevalier; Fred Astaire and his sister Adele Astaire; Charles Chaplin; and possibly Marlene Dietrich. An entry listing a home address is listed as Berlin, although the signature is illegible aside from the capital M and D). The register is likely a private joke by the filmmakers since it appears on-screen for only a brief second or two. See more »

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As the Gardeners sit on the terrace watching Arlena's arrival, Odell calls Myra "Myrna." See more »

Quotes

Daphne Castle: [notices Poirot in lobby] Oh, you - you must be Sir Horace Blatt's friend; perhaps - perhaps you'll sign in?
Poirot: [signs hotel register]
Daphne Castle: Oh, so you're the famous Hercule Poirot eh?
Poirot: Ah you are too amiable madame.
Daphne Castle: [sternly] Perhaps - I hope you haven't come here to practice your sleuthing games on my guests - they've all got far too many skeletons in their cupboards to join in with enthusiasm.
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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 »

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Follows Death on the Nile (1978) See more »

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It's De-Lovely
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Written by Cole Porter
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Peter Ustinov IS Hercule Poirot!
21 December 2004 | by (Hollywood, CA) – See all my reviews

I love Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot. Forget all those other phonies who've tried to fill his shoes! Including that ridiculous Murder on the Orient Express!

His sly, lovable demeanor rivals any of the great actors playing detectives- Peter Falk as Columbo, etc. He has a wonderful way of gaining the confidence and trust of each of his suspects, while probing them for information. You never really know who he suspects, and that's the fun of the mystery. He guides you through the maze like true detective.

I have seen each of his delicious portrayals as the great, Belgian detective several times, and they just get better with age.


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