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Appointment with Death (1988)

PG  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  27 April 1988 (France)
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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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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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Agatha Christie's Appointment with Death  »

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As with the source novel, this film evoked Agatha Christie's relationship with archaeological husband Max Mallowan as the desert regions the movie and novel are set in are evocative of archaeological digs. Filming location Qumran in the Dead Sea is where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. See more »

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

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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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Referenced in Lukas: Hasch mich (1998) See more »

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Suzy & Me
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Music by Jack Trombey
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A great film.
26 June 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

An avid fan of Agatha Christie, I enjoyed this film greatly. Particularly because of the quality of the cast and their impressive portrayal of the characters. Although David Suchet, in his series and films makes a very impressive Hercule Poirot, Peter Ustinov creates a far more real character and is a superb actor. Lauren Bacall, as always, impresses. Carrie Fisher excels and moves on from the Starwars era, to her advantage. Am I the only viewer to "fall in love with" Amber Bezer? Hayley Mills is also excellent, but I continually find it a bit difficult to not keep remembering her as Pollyanna and her other early successful parts. As usual in Christie movies, the reproduction of the period seems to be perfect, from the vehicles, the dress, realistic and appropriate sites and scenery, to the actor's portrayals is, in my opinion, superb.


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