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Appointment with Death (1988)

When a former prison wardress who dominates the lives of her three adult stepchildren and her daughter is found dead at an archaeological dig near the Dead Sea, there are a great many suspects.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Valerie Richards ...
Carol Boynton
Amber Bezer ...
Ginevra Boynton
Captain Rogers
Michael Sarne ...
Healey (as Mike Sarne)
Lord Peel


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27 April 1988 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Cita con la muerte  »

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This film was one of two pictures that director Michael Winner filmed in 1988. The other movie was A Chorus of Disapproval (1989). See more »


The movie is set in 1937, ten years before the discovery of Qumran where the assassination occurs. See more »


Hercule Poirot: People like to talk, and in doing so they tell the truth. It puts less of a strain on the memory.
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Ustinov is highly entertaining as Poirot
18 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

Peter Ustinov is an absolute joy to behold in the role of Hercule Poirot! He played Poirot in three theatrical films: Death On the Nile, Evil Under the Sun, and Appointment With Death. He also played Poirot in three TV movies: Thirteen At Dinner, Murder in Three Acts, and Dead Man's Folly. It's always a delight to spend time with Ustinov's Poirot. He's so much fun! The three Poirot TV movies starring Ustinov are now available in a three DVD set. I've had a great time watching these with friends and family and all of Ustinov's Poirot movies are worth watching and re-watching. My deep affection for Ustinov's Poirot grows with each viewing. He's brilliant and each of his Poirot movies are fantastic fun!

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