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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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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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 Game On: Martin's Baby (1998) See more »

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Suzy & Me
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Music by Jack Trombey
Hudson Music Ltd
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Peter Ustinov IS Hercule Poirot!
21 December 2004 | by (Hollywood, CA) – See all my reviews

I love Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot. Forget all those other phonies who've tried to fill his shoes! Including that ridiculous Murder on the Orient Express, or that laughable David Sachet!

His sly, lovable demeanor rivals any of the great actors playing detectives- Peter Falk as Columbo, etc. He has a wonderful way of gaining the confidence and trust of each of his suspects, while probing them for information. You never really know who he suspects, and that's the fun of the mystery. He guides you through the maze like true detective.

I have seen each of his delicious portrayals as the great, Belgian detective several times, and they just get better with age.


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