Recovering from a sudden collapse, Poirot finds little comfort in doctor's orders confining him to a strict regimen at an island health resort with Captain Hastings. However, better medicine is to be found in the murder of another guest, a famous film actress, and a long list of suspects. Written by
Mark Cabot Robinson
The hotel at Burgh Island, Bigbury-on-Sea, where this episode was filmed, is the one where Agatha Christie wrote the book "Evil Under the Sun". See more »
During the flashback of Hastings reading the telegram received by Arlena Stuart, he says "Send the money now or you will lose a great deal", but the word "now" does not appear in the typed telegram shown on screen. See more »
[upon hearing a doctor's diagnosis of his fainting at a social gathering]
I demand at once a second opinion! Hercule Poirot, he is not obese!
'Medically obese,' Mr. Poirot; it's not quite the same thing.
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The 1982 "Evil Under The Sun" is not my favorite Ustinov-Poirot film (that would be "Death On The Nile", of course), but I appreciated it more after seeing the Suchet version. This one isn't bad by any means (the ingenuity of Agatha Christie's story still comes through), but it is weaker than the Ustinov version in most respects: the characters are not as memorably drawn, the actors, although decent (Tamzin Malleson probably fares best), are not of the same caliber as the 1982 cast (James Mason, Jane Birkin, Sylvia Miles, Roddy McDowall, etc.), the locations, although pretty, are not as gorgeous as Majorca, and above all, many little details that were so much fun (the noonday cannon, the waving from the top of the cliff, etc.) are missing; in their place, we get a totally redundant drug trafficking subplot. I'd give the 1982 version *** out of 4 and this one **1/2. It's notable, however, for the last appearances of Hastings, Japp and Miss Lemon in this series to date.
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