Agatha Christie: Poirot: Season 11, Episode 4

Appointment with Death (25 Jul. 2010)
"Agatha Christie's Poirot" Appointment with Death (original title)

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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
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Labourer
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Angela Pleasence ...
Nanny
Aizoun Abdelkader ...
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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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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 »

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Hercule Poirot: Did Lady Boynton harm you physically?
Raymond: 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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what a nonsense!
8 August 2014 | by (Nuremberg) – See all my reviews

I've never seen such a ridiculous AC movie before. Such great actors such a great Location but what a missed chance for a great movie.

To change the whole story, to add completely redundant characters as the polish nun, Mr Boyton and to construct several side-plots make this to the worst movie I've ever seen before! The characters are not plausible, the motif for the murder is absolutely nonsense.

The climax would be a cameo of Margaret Rutherford as Ms. Marple who took a wrong junction on way to her bakery in St Mary-Mead.

Please Mr Suchet, you can do it better, try it once again! And please let the kitschy religious aspects out of the story.

For all AC fans: my suggestion is to watch the movie from 1988 with P. Ustinov. It doesn't have the grandness of "Death on Nile" but miles away from this awful rotten tomato movie.

Bad, Bad, Bad.


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