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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

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 Michael Sarne ... Healey (as Mike Sarne)
Michael Craig ... Lord Peel
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Storyline

Emily Boynton, step-mother to the three Boynton children and mother to Ginevra, blackmails the family lawyer, Jefferson Cope, into destroying a second will of her late husband which would have freed the childern from her dominating influence. She takes herself and the children on holiday to Europe and the Holy Land. In Jerusalem, Hercule Poirot meets up with a woman friend, Dr. King who falls in love with Raymond Boynton to Emily's disapproval. Lady Westholme, her secretary and Cope are following them too. The children discover about the second will and Emily succeeds in rubbing the rest up 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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Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1988 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Cita con la muerte See more »

Filming Locations:

Dead Sea, Israel See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$960,040
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Golan-Globus Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

As with the source novel, this movie evoked Dame Agatha Christie's relationship with archaeological husband Max Mallowan as the desert regions, in which the movie and novel are set, are evocative of archaeological digs. Filming location Qumran in the Dead Sea is where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. See more »

Goofs

The movie is set in 1937, ten years before the discovery of Qumran where the assassination occurs. 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 Dead Man's Folly (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Ta Ra Ra Boom De Ay
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Music by Henry J. Sayers
Arranged by Frank Barber
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Ustinov is highly entertaining as Poirot
18 October 2006 | by solar12See all my reviews

Peter Ustinov is an absolute joy to behold in the role of Hercule Poirot! He played Poirot in three theatrical films: Death On the Nile, Evil Under the Sun, and Appointment With Death. He also played Poirot in three TV movies: Thirteen At Dinner, Murder in Three Acts, and Dead Man's Folly. It's always a delight to spend time with Ustinov's Poirot. He's so much fun! The three Poirot TV movies starring Ustinov are now available in a three DVD set. I've had a great time watching these with friends and family and all of Ustinov's Poirot movies are worth watching and re-watching. My deep affection for Ustinov's Poirot grows with each viewing. He's brilliant and each of his Poirot movies are fantastic fun!


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