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Evil Under the Sun (1982)

PG | | 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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Holidays can be murder. See more »

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Also Known As:

El diablo bajo el sol  »

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$4,659,287 (USA)
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A number of the cast had appeared in the earlier Brabourne-Goodwin Agatha Christie movies. Actors Colin Blakely and Denis Quilley had both previously appeared in Murder on the Orient Express (1974) whilst actresses Jane Birkin and Maggie Smith had both previously appeared in Death on the Nile (1978). See more »

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Patrick Redfern could not have planned in advance that anybody (in this case Myra Gardener) would ask for a ride with him in the boat and then be his essential witness. I have not read the novel and don't know if the same mistake is found in the book, but it is a big hole in the film scenario. See more »

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Poirot: It is not me that is hiding, it is you who are lying!
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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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Anything Goes
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Written by Cole Porter
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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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