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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.

Director:

Guy Hamilton

Writer:

Anthony Shaffer (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Ustinov ... Hercule Poirot
Colin Blakely ... Sir Horace Blatt
Jane Birkin ... Christine Redfern
Nicholas Clay ... Patrick Redfern
Maggie Smith ... Daphne Castle
Roddy McDowall ... Rex Brewster
Sylvia Miles ... Myra Gardener
James Mason ... Odell Gardener
Denis Quilley ... Kenneth Marshall
Diana Rigg ... Arlena Marshall
Emily Hone Emily Hone ... Linda Marshall
John Alderson John Alderson ... Police Sergeant
Paul Antrim Paul Antrim ... Police Inspector
Cyril Conway Cyril Conway ... Police Surgeon
Barbara Hicks ... 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Evil is Everywhere. Even in Paradise. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | German | French

Release Date:

5 March 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Böse unter der Sonne See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

Patrick Redfern could not have planned in advance that anybody (in this case Myra Gardener) would ask for a ride with him in the boat and then be his essential witness. I have not read the novel and don't know if the same mistake is found in the book, but it is a big hole in the film scenario. See more »

Quotes

Daphne Castle: Clean it, clean it. Don't just lean on the thing.
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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

Followed by Appointment with Death (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

It's De-Lovely
(uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
Heard as a theme
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Breathtaking scenery and a great storyline!
18 August 1999 | by Lo-BabySee all my reviews

This is one of the better film versions of an Agatha Christie novel. Diana Rigg left behind her Emma Peel character in this performance and showed some depth. Lots of plot twists and turns and beautiful scenery.

Even if you're not a Christie fan, rent it anyway!


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