January 17th, 2021


Movie Critique - Agatha Christie's Poirot: Evil Under the Sun

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Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation: Although I had a few character portrayal of Poirot a bit odd, the movie still delighted and charmed me. Christie's novel has certainly come to life set in a scenic location; with some class acts by the stars; and a pure pleasure of a murder mystery laced with shades of humor.

Evil Under the Sun is a 1982 British locked-room mystery film directed by Guy Hamilton and produced by John Brabourne and Richard Goodwin. The film is based on the 1941 novel of the same name by Agatha Christie. Screenplay was given by Anthony Shaffer with uncredited support from Barry Sandler. The film has Sir Peter Ustinov, Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Diane Rigg, Colin Blakely, Jane Birkin and Nicholas Clay among others in the lead cast. 

Hercule Poirot (portrayed by Sir Peter Ustinov) is called on to meet Sir Horace Blatt (portrayed by Colin Blakely) on his exclusive Adriatic Sea island to confront Horace's mistress about a diamond ring. Seven more guests and the owner of the summer palace, Daphne Castle (portrayed by Dame Maggie Smith), also come to the island. And Arlena Stuart Marshall (portrayed by Dame Diane Rigg), Horace's mistress gets killed. Now Poirot has to figure out who among the remaining guests and the owner have motive, means and opportunity to kill Arlene. And he is not short of suspects or motives.

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