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Evil Under the Sun

  PG Closed Captioning

Guy Hamilton

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About the Movie

Peter Ustinov makes his second appearance as Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in this adaptation of the popular Agatha Christie mystery. When noted stage star Arlena Marshall (Diana Rigg) is found murdered while visiting a posh island resort, Poirot is called upon to find the culprit, but given Marshall's shrewish personality and propensity for making enemies, the question isn't "Who wanted to see her dead?" but "Who didn't?" The suspects include Rex Brewster (Roddy McDowall), a writer penning a biography of Arlena that the actress tried to stop; Odell and Myra Gardener (James Mason and Sylvia Miles), theatrical producers who were financially shafted when Arlena refused to appear in a show; Arlena's husband, Kenneth (Denis Quilley); Kenneth's lover, Daphne (Maggie Smith); Patrick Redfern (Nicholas Clay), who was having an affair with Arlena; and Christine (Jane Birkin), Nicholas' wife. Ustinov would play Poirot again three years later in the made-for-TV feature Thirteen at Dinner.

Customer Reviews

OMG!!!!

One of the best films ever!

David Suchet

David Suchet portrays Poirot much more like the character that Agatha Christie wrote.

yes, Ustinov is NOT Suchet, but DIANA RIGGS/MAGGIE SMITH!!

This is not a great film....and Christie movies rarely tell the story as well as she can; however---just to see Diana Rigg and Maggie Smith doing their Cole Porter duet is a charm. The music is outstanding throughout.