Poirot (1989–2013)
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Evil Under the Sun 

Poirot's rehabilitative health retreat on an island resort becomes an even more stimulating mental exercise when a flirtatious film star is found strangled on a nearby beach.

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Brian Farnham

Writers:

Agatha Christie (based on the novel by), Anthony Horowitz (dramatized by)
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David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
Hugh Fraser ... Hastings
Philip Jackson ... Chief Inspector Japp
Pauline Moran ... Miss Lemon
Michael Higgs ... Patrick Redfern
Tamzin Malleson ... Christine Redfern
Louise Delamere ... Arlena Stuart
Tim Meats ... Stephen Lane
Marsha Fitzalan ... Rosamund Darnley
Carolyn Pickles ... Emily Brewster
David Mallinson ... Kenneth Marshall
Russell Tovey ... Lionel Marshall
Ian Thompson Ian Thompson ... Major Barry
David Timson David Timson ... Horace Blatt
Rosalind March Rosalind March ... Mrs Castle
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Recovering from a sudden collapse, Poirot finds little comfort in doctor's orders confining him to a strict regimen at an island health resort with Captain Hastings. However, better medicine is to be found in the murder of another guest, a famous film actress, and a long list of suspects. Written by Mark Cabot Robinson

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 2003 (USA) See more »

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The Italian language title for this episode is "Poirot: Corpi al sole", and it has been repeatedly aired as a stand-alone TV movie. See more »

Goofs

During the flashback of Hastings reading the telegram received by Arlena Stuart, he says "Send the money now or you will lose a great deal", but the word "now" does not appear in the typed telegram shown on screen. See more »

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Hercule Poirot: [upon hearing a doctor's diagnosis of his fainting at a social gathering] I demand at once a second opinion! Hercule Poirot, he is not obese!
Miss Lemon: 'Medically obese,' Mr. Poirot; it's not quite the same thing.
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Version of Evil Under the Sun (1982) See more »

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comparisons with the 1982 version are inevitable
10 March 2014 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Hastings has invested in a new restaurant, and as Poirot gets ready to go, he complains to Miss Lemon that his suit is too tight. He must speak with his tailor. Miss Lemon suggests that he should speak with his waistline. Affronted, Poirot, Japp, and Hastings are at the restaurant when Poirot keels over. He is rushed to the hospital where he is pronounced...obese! And his heart has been affected. He reluctantly goes to a health resort, accompanied by Hastings.

Thus begins "Evil Under the Sun," one of the longer episodes of the Hercule Poirot series starring the great David Suchet, Hugh Fraser as Hastings, Pauline Moran as Miss Lemon, and Philip Jackson as Inspector Japp. Hastings and Poirot are newly arrived when Poirot feels the sensation that evil is afoot, somehow focused on a glamorous film star, Arlena Stuart (Louise Delamere). Though she is at the resort with her husband and stepson, Stuart is overtly flirting with Patrick Redfern (Michael Higgs) while his quiet wife (Tamzin Malleson) looks on. When Stuart is found murdered, Poirot's worst fears are confirmed.

There are plenty of suspects, including Stuart's stepson (Russell Tovey) and her husband (David Mallinson), an intense minister who sees evil everywhere, a shady businessman, and an old girlfriend of Stuart's husband. Just one problem -- it seems everyone has an alibi. Poirot's body may be at rest, but the little gray cells go right to work.

Fans of Christie will recall that, back in the day when big-budget feature films or TV movies of Christie's novels were in fashion, this story was made starring Peter Ustinov and an all-star cast that included Maggie Smith, James Mason, and Diana Rigg. I think both stand on their own merits. Ustinov was a fabulous Poirot, but it was a character of his own creation, not the Poirot created by Christie, which Suchet does so brilliantly. The '82 version had a little more humor, a spectacular location, and its structure was somewhat different.

I enjoyed both versions, this one for Suchet and the cast regulars. The basic story is good -- you don't need much else.


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