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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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Also Known As:

Mord på ljusa dagen  »

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Second of three produced screenplays from novels by Agatha Christie written by Anthony Shaffer. The others were Death on the Nile (1978) and Appointment with Death (1988). See more »

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The first corpse (found in the moor at the beginning of the film) can clearly be seen breathing. See more »

Quotes

Arlena Stuart Marshall: What's it called, anyway?
Odell Gardener: It's not right and it's not fair.
Arlena Stuart Marshall: Sounds like a blackman's left leg.
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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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