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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful backdrop, a sensational score and a great cast!
I first saw this film at the cinema when it was released in 1982, and it hasn't aged at all.
The cast are fabulous. Peter Ustinov is witty as Hercule Poirot, Maggie Smith is great at the amateur sleuth, Roddy McDowell camps it up in sailor suits, Jane Birkin is the down-trodden wife and Diana Rigg adds the glamour and the bitchiness. The script is full of...
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3.0 out of 5 stars No Television Movie Can Hope to Match It
AGATHA CHRISTIE’S EVIL UNDER THE SUN, 1982. In this 116 minute, full color, all-star crime/drama/mystery, Christie’s famed Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot is called in to investigate an important diamond that was purchased for wealthy arrogant actress Arlena Marshall. Unfortunately, she turns up dead while on honeymoon with her new husband and stepdaughter at...
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful backdrop, a sensational score and a great cast!, 18 Jun 2003
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Sarah (Didcot, Oxfordshire) - See all my reviews
I first saw this film at the cinema when it was released in 1982, and it hasn't aged at all.
The cast are fabulous. Peter Ustinov is witty as Hercule Poirot, Maggie Smith is great at the amateur sleuth, Roddy McDowell camps it up in sailor suits, Jane Birkin is the down-trodden wife and Diana Rigg adds the glamour and the bitchiness. The script is full of one-liners which will make you chuckle, and the plot is full of detail. I don't think that you will be disappointed when Hercule Poirot finds his murderer!
The setting is the beautful Balearic island of Mallorca, and the views are stunning. It all looks so peaceful and tranquil - but we know better!!
For me, one of the highlights of the film is the brilliant Cole Porter score. It adds to the tension and the comedy, and really brings the film to life.
I recently saw the David Suchet version of this film on the television, and I was very disappointed. For any Agatha Christie fans, the Peter Ustinov version is the one to see - again and again and again. It will cheer you up on a rainy Sunday!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hercule Poirot shows proper swimming techniques, 7 Sep 2008
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot is challenged to locate a missing jewel. To do this he must go to a small island. Guess who has a tendency to get seasick? He requests his fee in guineas (a guinea is equivalent of 21 shillings.)

Naturally someone/s is unexplainably dispatched. Of course the island is loaded with the usual suspects. Everyone has a motive and an alibi. By this time you have completely forgotten how the movie started.

Speaking about the movie, they pulled out all the stops with expensive locations, costumes, and actors. And Cole Porter tossed in for ambiance. There was even an appearance of Roddy McDowall who played Alan "Mollymauk" Musgrave in "Lord Love A Duck".

Only Hercule Poirot can figure this out. Naturally Hercule Poirot is in the right place at the right time to hear everything and extract the truth.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars VISUAL TREAT, 2 May 2008
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G. Stevens "filmfiend" (london, england) - See all my reviews
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I last saw this on a small black and white TV years ago, and this DVD looks stunning. The film quality is very high and the period detail is excellent. (Compare this to 'The mirror Cracke'd-which, though set in 1953, looks like a 1980 TV movie).
The costumes, hair, make-up and sets are superb, and the location shooting (in Majorca) is ravishing.
All of the characters are beautifully portrayed, and although caricatures, are so enjoyably played by excellent actors, and the sparring between Diana Rigg and Maggie Smith is a joy. A special mention to Sylvia Miles and Roddy McDowall. As with several other Agatha Christie stories, the outcome does hang precariously on several situations that could not have been engineered by the culprit with certainty, but just sit back and watch Peter Ustinov do a star turn with a cast ot pro's enjoying themselves immensely.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hercule Poirot shows proper swimming techniques, 7 Sep 2008
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot is challenged to locate a missing jewel. To do this he must go to a small island. Guess who has a tendency to get seasick? He requests his fee in guineas (a guinea is equivalent of 21 shillings.)

Naturally someone/s is unexplainably dispatched. Of course the island is loaded with the usual suspects. Everyone has a motive and an alibi. By this time you have completely forgotten how the movie started.

Speaking about the movie, they pulled out all the stops with expensive locations, costumes, and actors. And Cole Porter tossed in for ambiance. There was even an appearance of Roddy McDowall who played Alan "Mollymauk" Musgrave in "Lord Love A Duck".

Only Hercule Poirot can figure this out. Naturally Hercule Poirot is in the right place at the right time to hear everything and extract the truth.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best in the Poirot series, 16 July 2009
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Stefan Martin "Blue silver" (vilvoorde Belgium) - See all my reviews
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Evil under the sun is the best film in the line of Hercule poirot.
It has a specail atmosphere compared to other movies like Death on the Nile and murder on the orient express.There is some very strong acting by Sir Peter Ustinov and Jane Birkin.But it's not only these two actors but the rest of the cast is very very strong in my opinion.
It's a typical Agatha Christie story with a very smooth plot.
I can recomend this movie to everybody who is a fan of Agatha Christie's work and in special for those who like Poirot.
And remember, there is allways evil under the sun!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film that's 'of its time', but always good to watch on a rainy afternoon!, 25 Dec 2013
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The 70s and early 80s attempts to bring Miss Marple, and Poirot, to the big screen were somewhat hit and miss, but some of them were very enjoyable nonetheless, and I enjoy watching them when I have an afternoon to fill and there's nothing much on TV! Peter Ustinov is so different from David Suchet, of course, but very entertaining even if completely at odds with the more recent portrayals! The film is full of big names, it really is 'spot the star', and the stars to come. Angela Lansbury is doing her 'young, but playing much older' thing again here (as she did as Miss Marple in 'The Mirror Crack'd') and David Niven is wonderfully dapper. Yes, the film is long, and a great deal of it taken up with the 'alternative versions of events', but nonetheless it's an enjoyable addition to the series of films based on Agatha Christie's books which were made at the time, and sits well alongside 'The Mirror Crack'd', 'Evil Under the Sun' and 'Murder on the Orient Express'.
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3.0 out of 5 stars No Television Movie Can Hope to Match It, 31 July 2014
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Stephanie De Pue (Wilmington, NC USA) - See all my reviews
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AGATHA CHRISTIE’S EVIL UNDER THE SUN, 1982. In this 116 minute, full color, all-star crime/drama/mystery, Christie’s famed Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot is called in to investigate an important diamond that was purchased for wealthy arrogant actress Arlena Marshall. Unfortunately, she turns up dead while on honeymoon with her new husband and stepdaughter at an exclusive tropical island resort hotel. Turns out Arlena had made many enemies, and as Poirot heads to the island paradise to sort through the long list of suspects, he finds that even among the rich and famous, murder never takes a holiday. It looks like a perfect crime: all the suspects have alibis; and it has certainly ruined what might have been a perfect vacation for Poirot, and the hotel’s other residents.

The star-laden cast is headed by Peter Ustinov, (DEATH ON THE NILE) as Poirot, with James Mason, (LOLITA, A STAR IS BORN) as Odell Gardener, theatrical producer whose finances have been devastated by Arlena’s deciding to marry rich and leave the theater. Sylvia Miles plays Myra Gardener, Odell’s unhappy wife. Diana Rigg, (THE AVENGERS, THE PAINTED VEIL) is Arlena; Maggie Smith, (DOWNTON ABBEY, GOSFORD PARK) the hotelier Daphne Castle. Roddy McDowell, (PLANET OF THE APES), is Rex Brewster, journalist on whose book about her Arlena has just put the kibosh. Dennis Quilley is Kenneth Marshall, Arlena’s new husband. Colin Blakely is Sir Horace Blatt, who’d originally bought the diamond for Arlena before she threw him over. Jane Birkin, now possibly better known as an expensive status handbag than an actress, is Christine Redfern, a shy woman with whose handsome new husband Patrick, Arlena is already playing footsie.

The clever script of the film, which received theatrical release, was adapted from the book by well-known playwright/screenwriter Anthony Shaffer, directed by the talented Scot Guy Hamilton, who brought so much wit to the early 007 movies of his compatriot Sean Connery. The wide screen picture gives us the sparkling Mediterranean at its best—it was filmed in Mallorca, the Balearic Islands, Spain. The all Cole Porter score sparkles too. And the over-the-top women’s costumes were by Anthony Powell. In Rigg and Smith, the film boasts two such winning superstars that I thought each could have played the other’s part, and tried imagining this change in casting as the film proceeded. It is said, however, that the estate of Agatha Christie did not care for Ustinov’s performance as her legendary private detective. I was interested in comparing this version of the underlying book with David Suchet’s, for television. Of course, no television movie, no matter how lavishly made, can boast such a heavy all-star cast, such script writing and direction as this film received in its making, the expense of buying the Cole Porter songbook, or the expense of prolonged onsite filmmaking. Still, I must say that, although I enjoyed this popular film in its theatrical release, I do find I prefer Suchet’s little Belgian. But certainly, this is fun viewing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good film, unfortunately not remastered properly, 12 May 2014
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This is a typical Agatha Christie story, well presented, well filmed and well acted. Unfortunately the image quality is not quite what one might expect from a blu-ray disc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, 19 Dec 2013
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Love Peter Ustinov's portrayal of Poirot. Lots of well known actors, lovely scenery and costumes. A very enjoyable couple of hours viewing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sleuthing, 1 July 2013
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Mrs. C. Rowland "Clarebear" (England) - See all my reviews
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Love it, highly recommend a great whodunit for its time. Good all round Sunday afternoon watch! Give it a try.
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