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 »
Where Lady Boynton is, the music of the spheres is curiosly like the nails down a blackboard.
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Poirot has turned into cheap Hollywod-ish junk!!!!
First off, if you've read the book, watch the Ustinov version. True, you do not see Suchet's splendid acting; true, Ustinov's version is very unfaithful-- but this film (can it be called such?) is even more unfaithful than that.
I've remarked more than once that POIROT has recently had the bad tendency to behave like MARPLE, but one thing set the two apart for good- POIROT never changed the murderer. The motives, yes. The method of establishing the alibi, yes. But the KILLER??? NEVER-- until now. This utter blasphemy should've been burnt at developing stages. Some studio bigwigs decided Agatha Christie needed "improvements". Whoever approved this script needs improvement as well.
This script was a total rewrite. Not sure where to set your standards? Look along the lines of "The Sittaford Mystery" and "Nemesis".
If you have not read the Agatha Christie book, you may enjoy this film. One positive review is already up in which the reviewer admits not to have read it. But if you're a true fan, you may find it easily watchable, but, ultimately, a disgusting piece of filth.
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