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Release Date:
5 March 1982 (USA) See more »
Evil is Everywhere. Even in Paradise. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Peter Ustinov, Mediterranean sunshine, a dead body -- all this and Cole Porter too! See more (75 total) »


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Directed by
Guy Hamilton 
Writing credits
Anthony Shaffer (screenplay)

Agatha Christie  novel (uncredited)
Barry Sandler  uncredited

Produced by
John Brabourne .... producer
Richard B. Goodwin .... producer (as Richard Goodwin)
Michael John Knatchbull .... associate producer (as Michael-John Knatchbull)
Cinematography by
Christopher Challis (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Richard Marden 
Production Design by
Elliot Scott 
Art Direction by
Alan Cassie 
Set Decoration by
Peter Howitt 
Costume Design by
Anthony Powell 
Makeup Department
Jill Carpenter .... chief makeup artist
Ramon Gow .... chief hairdresser
Production Management
Jim Brennan .... production manager
Barrie Melrose .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Derek Cracknell .... first assistant director
Art Department
John Paterson .... construction manager
Sound Department
John W. Mitchell .... sound recordist (as John Mitchell)
John Richards .... sound recordist
Bill Rowe .... sound recordist
Nicholas Stevenson .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Robin Browne .... camera operator: second unit
John Palmer .... camera operator
Bob Penn .... still photographer
John Clarke .... best boy (uncredited)
Nobby Cross .... gaffer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rosemary Burrows .... wardrobe supervisor
Joanna Johnston .... assistant to costume designer
Barbara Matera .... costume maker
Germinal Rangel .... costume maker
John Cowell .... costume textile artist (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Roy Birchley .... assistant editor
Music Department
John Dalby .... music arranger: additional arrangements
John Lanchbery .... conductor
John Lanchbery .... music arranger
Other crew
Barbara Allen .... production assistant
Gordon Arnell .... publicist
Hugh Casson .... title sketches
Robert Ellis .... title graphics
Freddie Fox .... hat maker
Jesús García Gárgoles .... production liaison: Spain (as Jesus Gargoles)
Brian Harris .... supervising accountant
Denise O'Dell .... production liaison: Spain
Elaine Schreyeck .... continuity
Woody Shelp .... hat maker
Crew believed to be complete

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117 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Australia:NRC (original rating) | Finland:K-7 (2013) (Blu-ray cover) | Finland:K-12 (1982) | Iceland:L | Ireland:PG | Netherlands:6 | Norway:16 (1982) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 | UK:PG | USA:PG (certificate #26461) | West Germany:12

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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 »
Continuity: The first time Patrick and Christine Redfern are heard arguing about Patrick's relationship with Arlena, Patrick says "I can't even speak to a pretty woman without you jumping to the conclusion that I'm having an affair with her". Later when Poirot flashes back to the scene, Patrick is heard saying "I can't even speak to a pretty woman with out you jumping to the conclusion that I'm... well, having an affair with her." The scenes are supposed to be identical but they are not.See more »
Poirot:Are you all comfortable? Even the murderer?See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Agatha Christie Code (2005) (TV)See more »
I Get A Kick Out of YouSee more »


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29 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Peter Ustinov, Mediterranean sunshine, a dead body -- all this and Cole Porter too!, 7 May 2002
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Peter Ustinov recreates the role of Poirot, following the wonderful Death On The Nile. This is not the story as Agatha Christie wrote it, but here we have a rare example of the movie being better than the book. In fact it would be more accurate to say that here we have a murder mystery based on an idea by Miss Christie. We are presented with is a cast of characters, a murder victim, and just about everyone has a motive. Poirot of course, deduces who did it. The sun in question, under which this evil takes place, shines down on a privately owned island in the Mediterranean, giving us a warm and exotic location.

There isn't one bad performance among the cast, several of whom have appeared before in at least one other Poirot story. Maggie Smith and Jane Birkin in Evil Under The Sun; Dennis Quilley and Colin Blakely in Murder On The Orient Express. Diana Rigg and Maggie Smith almost steal the show as two women who smile sweetly at each other as they spit venom! But every bit as good are Blakely, Quilley, Mason, McDowall and the rest. And while all this is going on, the soundtrack is solid gold Cole Porter, which has been orchestrated perfectly to fit the story.

This movie is pure fun. Make yourself comfortable, suspend disbelief and allow yourself to be transported to another era and location for a couple of hours of enjoyment.

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