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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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Mord på ljusa dagen  »

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$4,659,287 (USA)
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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 Patrick wants Myra to take the speed boat back, she says that she doesn't know how to drive it. He gives her a very quick lesson. When he discovers that Arlena is dead and asks her if she can go get help, she is suddenly quite proficient. See more »

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Daphne Castle: The whole world knows that you are a man of enormous discretion...
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Referenced in The Last Horror Film (1982) See more »

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I Concentrate On You
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A must see.
9 June 2001 | by (southport) – See all my reviews

This is a first rate film.

Rarely are so many top actors seen together in one production.

What the director did was to take an Agatha Christy murder mystery and sparkle it with humour and dry wit. Maggie Smith is absolutely priceless and her bitching with Diana Rigg is reminiscent of Wilde`s importance of being Earnest. Each of the actors look as though they had a terrific time throughout the production as they camp up the roles but still manage to keep the serious side of the plot going.

A must see.


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