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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 film relocates the provincial North Devon, England setting on Smuggler's Island off the Devonshire Coast from the Agatha Christie source 'Evil Under the Sun' novel to an island in the Adriatic Sea "somewhere west of Suez", a setting played by the exotic Spanish island location of Majorca. The film's screenwriter Anthony Shaffer once said of this: "The location is important. The island should be a star. Just as the Nile steamer [in Death on the Nile (1978)] and the Orient Express [in Murder on the Orient Express (1974)] were stars". Majorca also was at the time the home of the film's director Guy Hamilton. See more »

Goofs

The first time Patrick and Christine Redfern are heard arguing about Patrick's relationship with Arlena, Patrick says "I can't even speak to a pretty woman without you jumping to the conclusion that I'm having an affair with her". Later when Poirot flashes back to the scene, Patrick is heard saying "I can't even speak to a pretty woman with out you jumping to the conclusion that I'm... well, having an affair with her." The scenes are supposed to be identical but they are not. See more »

Quotes

Patrick Redfern: I only touched the body to make sure it was dead.
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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

Version of Poirot: Evil Under the Sun (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Anything Goes
(uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
Heard as a theme
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Peter Ustinov IS Hercule Poirot!
21 December 2004 | by JackStallionSee all my reviews

I love Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot. Forget all those other phonies who've tried to fill his shoes! Including that ridiculous Murder on the Orient Express!

His sly, lovable demeanor rivals any of the great actors playing detectives- Peter Falk as Columbo, etc. He has a wonderful way of gaining the confidence and trust of each of his suspects, while probing them for information. You never really know who he suspects, and that's the fun of the mystery. He guides you through the maze like true detective.

I have seen each of his delicious portrayals as the great, Belgian detective several times, and they just get better with age.


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