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November 30, 2016
I have always been a fan of David Suchet's Poirot and I've recently seen Murder on the Orient Express. These renditions far surpass the oafish fool that Ustinov plays Poirot to be. He recklessly throws accusations at suspects and is always conveniently around to spot clues. The ending is almost identical to Death on the Nile. If you're a Poirot fan, or a murder mystery fan, I would avoid this. The only saving grace is the adorable Roddy McDowall.
½ August 21, 2016
Even with Guy Hamilton in the director's chair and Peter Ustinov as Poirot, that doesn't stop EVIL UNDER THE SUN from being slightly dull. Nice ending, though.
June 4, 2015
It becomes very well developed, but overall, it's kind of a boring mystery and drama.
½ March 18, 2015
Como siempre, Monsieur Poirot, todo un placer.
½ July 21, 2014
Not overly well thought of when it was first released the film has the best of the Hollywood Poirots in Peter Ustinov, a clever script, a first rate cast, beautiful locations and the music of Cole Porter. First rate.
January 22, 2014
"MURDER IN PARADISE"

- 'Evil Under the Sun' is a 1982 murder mystery based on the famous novel by Agatha Christie. After the big success of 'Death on the Nile', Peter Ustinov makes his second appearance as Hercule Poirot, the Belgian detective, and we get to see reappearing cast members Jane Birkin (wife of French singer Serge Gainsbourg) and Maggie Smith (Harry Potter saga). Another brilliant, but nowadays very old fashion 'Whodunit' with an ingenious plot set at a marvelous island and a unexpected revelation in the end. Can you solve this case?

Trying to find how millionaire Horace Blatt ended up with a fake diamond, the famous Hercule Poirot (Ustinov) goes on investigation to an exclusive island resort. He is welcomed by Daphne Castle (Smith) who owns the hotel and gets introduced to the wealthy guests: glamorous and recently wed Hollywood actress Arlena Stuart Mashall along with her husband Kenneth and stepdaughter Linda, the quirky writer Rex Brewster and New York producers Odell and Myra Gardener. Seemly slight out of place are the handsome young Patrick Redfern and his mousy wife Christine (Birkin).

When Arlena is found dead on the beach, Poirot examines her body and concludes that she has been strangled by one of the people on the Island. While everyone had a good motive to get rid of the awful woman, nobody seems to have had the occasion to do it...
½ June 7, 2013
Director Guy Hamilton admits to hating Agatha Christie's writing style. He finds it overcrowded with characters and passe in general. Apart from cutting down the number of characters, Hamilton and scripter Anthony Shaffer have also had the audacity to switch things around in the inevitable denouement scene. Poirot points right away at the guilty party, while the true suspense is put into the how's and why's that follow. The delicious moments in an Agatha Christie film are supposed to come at the end, when the detective (in this case, the redoubtable Hercule Poirot) gathers everyone in the sitting room and toys with their guilt complexes before finally fingering the murderer. Next to Ustinov, Maggie Smith shines as the hotel proprietress in love with the murdered woman's husband, played with quiet gusto by Denis Quilley. Diana Rigg as the stage star makes it believable in one short song-and-dance scene that she really is such a star. Evil Under the Sun is a nifty screen adaptation of a 1940 Agatha Christie novel.

VERDICT: "High-Quality Stuff" - [Positive Reaction] This is a rating to a movie I view as very entertaining and well made, and definitely worth paying the full price at a theatre to see or own on DVD. It is not perfect, but it is definitely excellent. (Films that are rated 3.5 or 4 stars)
½ March 4, 2013
Eu gostei... misterio bom, bons cenarios, fotografia e trilha das antigas, mesmo o filme sendo da dec 80.
December 7, 2012
Could be worth a viewing, would like to see it sometime in the future.
½ September 9, 2012
Poirot on a case that gives the shivers. At a remote, beautiful, yet mysterious island things don't always go as planned. When a rich woman is murdered and everybody has an alibi, Poirot starts an investigation of the most difficult kind. While it might seem impossible to find the killer, the clues start to add up perfectly in the classic act of show-and-tell.
½ August 15, 2012
kind of corny and boring...
August 12, 2012
First-class Christie adaptation. Ustinov rules, while the supporting cast, especially the wonderful Maggie Smith, provide solid back-up. It delivers the goods.
½ August 11, 2012
A light-hearted adaptation of a classic Agatha Christie Story. Well done. Great ensemble cast.
July 30, 2012
Watchable. But only once.
July 11, 2012
Let's face it 'Evil Under The Sun' isn't easy to adapt without loosing at least 50% of the story but this adaptation does it best. It looses the right 50% to leave the film entertaining , suspenseful , dramatic , funny and leave room for great script , acting , sets and scenes on the beautiful island. Plus no mortal or immortal can beat Ustinov's performance as Hercule Poirot (thou Suchet came close enough).
½ June 20, 2012
Another amusing adaptation of an Agatha Christie novel. Once again Peter Ustinov plays Hercule Poirot.
May 9, 2012
great cast, great ending, i love christie movies
March 27, 2012
Grade A cast in this Agatha Christie film...fun Cole Porter soundtrack.
March 16, 2012
A fun-filled murder mystery!!
February 20, 2012
A fun adaptation of Christie's work, though it ends up feeling more like an episode of a mystery TV series than something worth putting on the big screen. Ustinov's bumbling portrayal is likeable, and there are some witty interchanges of dialogue that keep this script funny and flowing. Unfortunately, the score, which is based upon Cole Porter's work, felt very labored and at times inappropriate at setting the tone. Plus, the costumes scream "1980" in a very tacky way, pulling you out of the idea that this is taking place in the 20's. Still, solid performances by the ensemble cast, and an interesting enough mystery to keep me entertained.
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