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
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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 »
Dame Celia Westholme:
People say travel broadens the mind; mainly because, people like me insist in it in their books. But I have to say, I doubt that it is true. On the contrary, I suspect travel narrows the mind. One becomes so blase about the wonders of the world. The more I travel, the more clearly I understand that; all that ever matters is the people - not the places. Those Arabs telling stories over couscous in the camp, they fascinate me. This...
[indicating the vista she and Poirot are viewing]
Dame Celia Westholme:
it's pretty ...
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this whole Hercule Poirot series (Miss Marple as well) is famous for their distracting plots and distortion of the original context but "appointment with death" must be by far the worst of them of all. Agatha Christie's body must have turned inside her grave... isn't there a law or something against the distortion of books... one can understand why they changed the place given the fact the murder takes place in Petra but changing the murderer(s), changing how the crime was committed, adding characters which only distract more than adding and helping the original plot; and talking about themes which Agatha Christie always hesitates to mention are simply insults to Agatha Christie and to her fans... this is simply a movie which uses Agatha Christe, Hercule Poirot and the famous novel/play but its only relevance to them is to destroy and insult the masterpiece and authors name... to producers,director and screenplay writers: stick to the theme, you may not be aware but the world loves this author and her stories the way they've been written and not for what you've created in your own imagination... if you do wish to write and direct your own stories ,do it, leave Agatha Christie out of it!... shortly, stay away, stick to the book!...
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