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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A 1945 West End theatrical adaptation of the original 1938 novel eliminated Poirot's character and changed the identity of the killer. It is notable that Joan Hickson, later to play Christie's Miss Marple, was in the cast. See more »
Did Lady Boynton harm you physically?
My mother had little recourse to violence. She ws too smart for that. Instead, she just pried open the top of our skull and raked her poisonous tongue through our brains. No place to hide, Poirot - even in our heads!
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As a fan of David Suchet's portrayal of Poirot, I had been looking forward to seeing him in Appointment With Death--only to be hugely disappointed with the whole thing. It was dreadful! Agatha Christie must be spinning in her grave! The movie hardly resembled the book at all. Why do idiots feel they must rewrite classics?! Without dwelling on details, let me just say that the plot had everything thrown in but aliens landing from outer space! I kept expecting Tim Curry to start singing "Let's Do The Time Warp Again" or something.
It was as if the writers/producers/whomever felt they had to "update" or "lengthen" the story. Wrong! The original was fine as written. Don't they realize that most of their target market is comprised of Agatha Christie fans who have read her books and expect the movie version to follow the author's original storyline.
If they think they "know better" than Christie, in terms of how to write her stories, than they should have the decency to call the movie something else so as not to mislead viewers.
What a wasted opportunity. Suchet's is still the best Poirot, but even he couldn't rescue this dreck.
Two thumbs down for this mess, I'm sorry to say.
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