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Evil Under the Sun (1982)

PG | | Drama, Mystery | 5 March 1982 (USA)
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Trying to find how a millionaire wound up with a phony diamond brings Hercule Poirot (Sir Peter Ustinov) to an exclusive island resort frequented by the rich and famous. When a murder is committed, everyone has an alibi.

Director:

Guy Hamilton

Writer:

Anthony Shaffer (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Ustinov ... Hercule Poirot
Colin Blakely ... Sir Horace Blatt
Jane Birkin ... Christine Redfern
Nicholas Clay ... Patrick Redfern
Maggie Smith ... Daphne Castle
Roddy McDowall ... Rex Brewster
Sylvia Miles ... Myra Gardener
James Mason ... Odell Gardener
Denis Quilley ... Kenneth Marshall
Diana Rigg ... Arlena Marshall
Emily Hone Emily Hone ... Linda Marshall
John Alderson John Alderson ... Police Sergeant
Paul Antrim Paul Antrim ... Police Inspector
Cyril Conway Cyril Conway ... Police Surgeon
Barbara Hicks ... Flewitt's Secretary
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Storyline

Hercule Poirot (Sir Peter Ustinov) is called in to investigate a case for an insurance company regarding a dead woman's body found on a moor, and then an important diamond sent to the company to be insured, turns out to be a fake. Poirot discovers that the diamond was bought for Arlena Marshall (Dame Diana Rigg) by Sir Horace Blatt (Colin Blakely), and Arlena is on her honeymoon with her husband and stepdaughter on a Mediterranean island hotel. He joins them on the island and finds that everybody else starts to hate Arlena for different reasons, refusing to do a stage show, stopping a book, and for having an open affair with Patrick Redfern (Nicholas Clay), another guest, in full view of his shy wife. So it's only a matter of time before Arlena turns up dead, strangled, and Poirot must find out who it is. Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Evil is Everywhere. Even in Paradise. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | German | French

Release Date:

5 March 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Böse unter der Sonne See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,690,774, 7 March 1982

Gross USA:

$6,110,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,110,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was selected to be the 1982 Royal Film Performance. This movie screened on Monday, March 22, 1982 at London's Odeon Theatre, Leicester Square in the gracious presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with proceeds from the charity U.K. premiere going to the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund. However, this screening was not the world premiere of the movie, it had debuted in Australia a month earlier in February 1982, this movie launching down under there because EMI's Can't Stop the Music (1980) had had its best box-office returns there. See more »

Goofs

The first time Patrick and Christine Redfern are heard arguing about Patrick's relationship with Arlena, Patrick says "I can't even speak to a pretty woman without you jumping to the conclusion that I'm having an affair with her". Later when Poirot flashes back to the scene, Patrick is heard saying "I can't even speak to a pretty woman with out you jumping to the conclusion that I'm... well, having an affair with her." The scenes are supposed to be identical but they are not. See more »

Quotes

Myra Gardener: Well, what the hell do we do now, Odell?
Odell Gardener: Just leave it to me. I'll think of something.
Myra Gardener: Hmmph, my hero. I swear, if you were a man I would divorce you.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits feature watercolors by British architect and artist, Sir Hugh Casson, who taught Prince Charles to paint. The titles for each actor feature an item of costume, prop or setting relevant to their character and those for the production team are similarly themed. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Last Horror Film (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Night and Day
(uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
Heard as a theme
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Great, Great, Great,
29 July 2003 | by amurphy1See all my reviews

What can I say, this is an excellent film, only equal to The Suchet Poirot Murder On the Links, it's the most enjoyable Agatha Christie That Ustinov has ever made!!!! 10/10 Stars!!!


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