Agatha Christie: Poirot: Season 8, Episode 1

Evil Under the Sun (13 Jul. 2003)
"Agatha Christie's Poirot" Evil Under the Sun (original title)

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Poirot's rehabilitative health retreat on an island resort becomes an even more stimulating mental exercise when a flirtatious film star is found strangled on a nearby beach.



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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

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Was originally filmed in 1994 and wasn't shown until 2001. 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 »


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Inferior to the 1982 version, but watchable
18 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

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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