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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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)
Michael Craig ...
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 <>

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27 April 1988 (France)  »

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Agatha Christie's Appointment with Death  »

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The source Agatha Christie novel was set in Petra, Jordan but this filmed adaptation was set in Jerusalem, Israel. The Golan-Globus Production Company was an Israeli company. See more »


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


Mrs. Emily Boynton: I never forget anything: not a name, not a face, not an action.
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An enjoyable whodunnit with an all star cast
5 August 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Appointment with Death is a wonderful film for pure escapism. Piper Laurie is really fantastic as Emily Boynton. Of course Peter Ustinov is always a treat as Hercule Poirot. Sir John Gielgud is a treasure to watch and Lauren Bacall is incredibly good as Lady Westholme. This is a glamorous film with additional supporting cast such as Jenny Seagrove, the handsome John Terlesky, the beautiful Hayley Mills and Carrie Fisher. David Soul is passable as the Boynton family lawyer. The scenery is wonderful, the costumes beautiful and the story intriguing. It is hard to know who has done the deed. The much underrated Michael Craig also puts in an appearance. I wish there could be more appointments with such a talented cast.

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