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.
Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>
Did You Know?
Writer, Producer, and Director Michael Winner
said in his biography that the Israeli crew was very lazy, stopping work all the time for so many reasons. He also said that Lauren Bacall
was very professional, but rough with her drivers and wardrobe assistants, who she changed many times. See more
The movie is set in 1937, ten years before the discovery of Qumran where the assassination occurs. See more
Mrs. Emily Boynton
I never forget. Remember that. I never forget anything. Not an action, not a name, not a face.
The Washington Post
Music by John Philip Sousa
Arranged by Frank Barber See more