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Evil Under the Sun (1982)

PG | | Drama, Mystery | 5 March 1982 (USA)
Trying to find how a millionaire wound up with a phony diamond brings Hercule Poirot to an exclusive island resort frequented by the rich and famous. When a murder is committed, everyone has an alibi.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Hercule Poirot
... Sir Horace Blatt
... Christine Redfern
... Patrick Redfern
... Daphne Castle
... Rex Brewster
... Myra Gardener
... Odell Gardener
... Kenneth Marshall
... Arlena Marshall
Emily Hone ... Linda Marshall
John Alderson ... Police Sergeant
Paul Antrim ... Police Inspector
Cyril Conway ... Police Surgeon
... Flewitt's Secretary
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Storyline

Hercule Poirot is called in to investigate a case for an insurance company regarding firstly a dead woman's body found on a moor and then a important diamond sent to the company to be insured turns out to be a fake. Poirot discovers that the diamond was bought for Arlena Marshall by Sir Horace Platt and Arlena is on her honeymoon with her husband and step-daughter on a tropical island hotel. He joins them on the island and finds that everybody else starts to hate Arlena for different reasons - refusing to do a stage show, stopping a book, and for having an open affair with Patrick Redfern, another guest, in full view of his shy wife. So it's only a matter of time before Arlena turns up dead, strangled and Poirot must find out who it is... Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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Evil is Everywhere. Even in Paradise. See more »

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Drama | Mystery

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5 March 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Böse unter der Sonne  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,690,774, 7 March 1982, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,110,000
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Trivia

The game that Odell Gardener is playing when Poirot asks him about his whereabouts during the murder is pétanque, a French game in which players have to throw hollow metal balls as closely as possible to a wooden one. See more »

Goofs

As the Gardeners sit on the terrace watching Arlena's arrival, Odell calls Myra "Myrna." See more »

Quotes

Daphne Castle: [notices Poirot in lobby] Oh, you - you must be Sir Horace Blatt's friend; perhaps - perhaps you'll sign in?
Poirot: [signs hotel register]
Daphne Castle: Oh, so you're the famous Hercule Poirot eh?
Poirot: Ah you are too amiable madame.
Daphne Castle: [sternly] Perhaps - I hope you haven't come here to practice your sleuthing games on my guests - they've all got far too many skeletons in their cupboards to join in with enthusiasm.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits feature watercolors by British architect and artist, Sir Hugh Casson, who taught Prince Charles to paint. The titles for each actor feature an item of costume, prop or setting relevant to their character and those for the production team are similarly themed. See more »

Connections

Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

You're the Top
Written by Cole Porter
Arranged by John Dalby
Sung by Diana Rigg
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A delightful romp with wonderful characters
1 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot is at his best in this movie that is worth the time for the soundtrack of Cole Porter classics or the magnificent cinematography alone. But the performances by Maggie Smith, Roddy McDowall, James Mason and others shouldn't be overlooked either. This is not what you'd call a classic film by any stretch of the imagination, but if you love a feast for the eyes and ears and enjoy quirky characters and Agatha Christie plots don't miss this one. If you've seen it before, see it again!!


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