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Appointment with Death (1988)

When a former prison wardress who dominates the lives of her three adult stepchildren and her daughter is found dead at an archaeological dig near the Dead Sea, there are a great many suspects.

Director:

Michael Winner

Writers:

Agatha Christie (based on the novel by), Anthony Shaffer (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Ustinov ... Hercule Poirot
Lauren Bacall ... Lady Westholme
Carrie Fisher ... Nadine Boynton
John Gielgud ... Colonel Carbury
Piper Laurie ... Emily Boynton
Hayley Mills ... Miss Quinton
Jenny Seagrove ... Dr. Sarah King
David Soul ... Jefferson Cope
Nicholas Guest ... Lennox Boynton
Valerie Richards Valerie Richards ... Carol Boynton
John Terlesky ... Raymond Boynton
Amber Bezer Amber Bezer ... Ginevra Boynton
Douglas Sheldon ... Captain Rogers
Michael Sarne ... Healey (as Mike Sarne)
Michael Craig ... Lord Peel
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Emily Boynton (Piper Laurie), stepmother to the three Boynton children, and mother to Ginevra (Amber Bezer), blackmails the family lawyer, Jefferson Cope (David Soul), into destroying the second will of her late husband, which would have freed the childern from her dominating influence. She takes herself and the children on vacation to Europe and the Holy Land. In Jerusalem, Hercule Poirot (Sir Peter Ustinov) meets up with a woman friend, Dr. Sarah King (Jenny Seagrove), who falls in love with Raymond Boynton (John Terleskey) to Emily's disapproval. Lady Westholme (Lauren Bacall), her secretary, and Cope are following them too. The children learn about the second will, and Emily succeeds in rubbing the rest the wrong way, causing much hatred towards her. At a dig, everybody wonders about the camp, and Emily is found dead, poisoned. Poirot investigates. Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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An invitation to murder ! ...


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Trivia

First filmed version of Dame Agatha Christie's novel "Appointment with Death", the second being Poirot: Appointment with Death (2008). See more »

Goofs

Poirot claims that 6 million Jews are currently living in Europe. However, before WWII there were approx. 9 million Jews living in Europe, while 6 million was the death toll during WWII. See more »

Quotes

Hercule Poirot: People like to talk, and in doing so they tell the truth. It puts less of a strain on the memory.
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Connections

Follows Evil Under the Sun (1982) See more »

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La Golondrina
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Music by Narciso Serradell
Arranged by Frank Barber
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Satisfying
4 February 2020 | by kall6695See all my reviews

I really like this Christie adaptation. It has humor, great performances and Peter Ustinov- Just wish it was purchasable somewhere!! Piper Laurie is particularly despicable as the despotic matriarch of her family. She orders everyone around and they all cowtow. Carrie Fisher is her daughter-in-law. Lauren Bacall is an American who gives as good as she gets. All have secrets, but who killed the _____. Poirot will solve it!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1988 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Appointment with Death See more »

Filming Locations:

Dead Sea, Israel See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$603,650, 17 April 1988

Gross USA:

$960,040

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$960,040
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Mono

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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