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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:
Nadine Boynton
Miss Quinton
Lennox Boynton
Valerie Richards ...
John Terlesky ...
Amber Bezer ...
Douglas Sheldon ...
Captain Rogers
Michael Sarne ...
Healey (as Mike Sarne)
Lord Peel


Emily Boynton, step-mother to the three Boynton children and mother to Ginevra, blackmails the family lawyer, Jefferson Cope, into destroying a second will of her late husband which would have freed the childern from her dominating influence. She takes herself and the children on holiday to Europe and the Holy Land. In Jerusalem, Hercule Poirot meets up with a woman friend, Dr. King who falls in love with Raymond Boynton to Emily's disapproval. Lady Westholme, her secretary and Cope are following them too. The children discover about the second will and Emily succeeds in rubbing the rest up the wrong way causing much hatred towards her. At a dig, everybody wonders about the camp and Emily is found dead... poisoned. Poirot investigates... Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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Release Date:

27 April 1988 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Cita con la muerte  »

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$960,040 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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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Follows Death on the Nile (1978) See more »


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Underrated Christie Adaption
12 August 1999 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This is the most under-appreciated Agatha Christie film in my opinion. The movie has a top grade cast (for the most part) including Peter Ustinov, Lauren Bacall, Piper Laurie & Hayley Mills. Mills and Bacall give the best supporting performances as an Archeologist and Member of Parliment respectively. The solution to the murder of evil mother Laurie isn't an easy one, but it all makes sense in the end. The plot moves along at a good pace, and features beautiful locations. If you want a good mystery, go and rent Appointment with Death!

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