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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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Evil is Everywhere. Even in Paradise. 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 Reverend Stephen Lane and Major Barry in the source Agatha Christie's novel 'Evil Under the Sun' were removed for this motion picture adaptation. Other minor characters were also dropped. See more »


In one low-shot, evening scene looking up at the roof of the hotel there appears to be a TV antenna on the roof. See more »


Myra Gardener: Well, what the hell do we do now, Odell?
Odell Gardener: Just leave it to me. I'll think of something.
Myra Gardener: Hmmph, my hero. I swear, if you were a man I would divorce you.
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Referenced in Lukas: Hasch mich (1998) See more »


You're the Top
Written by Cole Porter
Arranged by John Dalby
Sung by Diana Rigg
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A delightful romp with wonderful characters
1 May 2000 | by (Southern California) – See all my reviews

Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot is at his best in this movie that is worth the time for the soundtrack of Cole Porter classics or the magnificent cinematography alone. But the performances by Maggie Smith, Roddy McDowall, James Mason and others shouldn't be overlooked either. This is not what you'd call a classic film by any stretch of the imagination, but if you love a feast for the eyes and ears and enjoy quirky characters and Agatha Christie plots don't miss this one. If you've seen it before, see it again!!

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