Syria 1937. While accompanying her husband on an archaeological dig, the abusive and overbearing Lady Boynton is found stabbed to death.



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Lord Boynton
Jawad Elalami ...
Emma Cunniffe ...
Aizoun Abdelkader ...
Concierge (as Abdelkader Aizoun)
Leonard Boynton
Mansour Badri ...
Taxi Driver (as Badri Mansour)


Syria, 1937: Hercule Poirot is one of several people present at an archaeological dig to find the skull of St John the Baptist, led by the exuberant Lord Boynton and his loyal son Leonard. The enterprise has been financed by Boynton's rich, rude and overbearing American wife. She bullies her three adopted children, Carol, Jinny and Raymond, as well as the family's nanny. Sarah King, a young English doctor, falls for Raymond and would love to tear him from his mother's apron-strings, and another doctor, Dr Gerard, takes an interest in Jinny, as does a Polish nun, who, with Jinny, is subject to an attack - by white slavers, according to the independent travel-writer Dame Celia Westholme. A mysterious young American, Jefferson Cope, whose link to the Boyntons seems tenuous, completes the group. Only his Lordship has any love for his wife so that, when she is found stabbed to death one blisteringly hot afternoon, Poirot has more than his fair share of suspects to interrogate. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Features considerable changes regarding Agatha Christie's novel, like the fabrication of new characters (Lord Boynton, Nanny Taylor, and Sister Agnieszka), the omission of others (such as Nadine Boynton and Amabel Pierce), the retooling of existing characters and even the reasons of the killer. See more »


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25 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I totally concur with the reviewer who wondered why Poirot has suddenly found religion. I too, think this is a ridiculous "addition". Poirot is analytical, not religious. Although from his background, I'm sure he was raised Catholic and respects people's religious beliefs, he himself would NOT be openly fingering a rosary. I nearly spit my dinner out when I was watching the recent Murder on the Orient Express and saw him on his knees, praying!! This is not Poirot. I've heard David Suchet has "found religion" is recent years, which is great if that's what floats his boat, but that does NOT mean they should also have a classic character find religion as well.

I am so utterly disappointed and dismayed by the addition of characters, plot changes, etc., especially when there's really no point to them. Yes, the cinematography is beautiful, but what else is there? Why anyone would mess with the classics of Christie is beyond me, and I hope people rebel against these "new" versions.

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