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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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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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27 April 1988 (France)  »

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Cita con la muerte  »

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$960,040
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Lauren Bacall and John Gielgud had also acted together in another Agatha Christie Poirot mystery film, Murder on the Orient Express (1974). See more »

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At the market the Arab sells his wares using dinars. Dinars were not legal tender in Palestine, they used Palestinian pounds. See more »

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Mrs. Emily Boynton: I never forget. Remember that. I never forget anything. Not an action, not a name, not a face.
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Referenced in Game-On: Martin's Baby (1998) See more »

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Underrated Christie Adaption
12 August 1999 | by 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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