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Appointment with Death (1988)

When a former prison wardress who dominates the lives of her three adult stepchildren and her daughter is found dead at an archaeological dig near the Dead Sea, there are a great many suspects.

Director:

Michael Winner

Writers:

Agatha Christie (based on the novel by), Anthony Shaffer (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Ustinov ... Hercule Poirot
Lauren Bacall ... Lady Westholme
Carrie Fisher ... Nadine Boynton
John Gielgud ... Colonel Carbury
Piper Laurie ... Emily Boynton
Hayley Mills ... Miss Quinton
Jenny Seagrove ... Dr. Sarah King
David Soul ... Jefferson Cope
Nicholas Guest ... Lennox Boynton
Valerie Richards Valerie Richards ... Carol Boynton
John Terlesky ... Raymond Boynton
Amber Bezer Amber Bezer ... Ginevra Boynton
Douglas Sheldon ... Captain Rogers
Michael Sarne Michael Sarne ... Healey (as Mike Sarne)
Michael Craig ... Lord Peel
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Storyline

Emily Boynton (Piper Laurie), stepmother to the three Boynton children, and mother to Ginevra (Amber Bezer), blackmails the family lawyer, Jefferson Cope (David Soul), into destroying the second will of her late husband, which would have freed the childern from her dominating influence. She takes herself and the children on vacation to Europe and the Holy Land. In Jerusalem, Hercule Poirot (Sir Peter Ustinov) meets up with a woman friend, Dr. Sarah King (Jenny Seagrove), who falls in love with Raymond Boynton (John Terleskey) to Emily's disapproval. Lady Westholme (Lauren Bacall), her secretary, and Cope are following them too. The children learn about the second will, and Emily succeeds in rubbing the rest the wrong way, causing much hatred towards her. At a dig, everybody wonders about the camp, and Emily is found dead, poisoned. Poirot investigates. Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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An invitation to murder ! ...


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1988 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Appointment with Death See more »

Filming Locations:

Dead Sea, Israel See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$603,650, 17 April 1988

Gross USA:

$960,040

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$960,040
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First filmed version of Dame Agatha Christie's novel "Appointment with Death", the second being Poirot: Appointment with Death (2008). See more »

Goofs

The movie is set in 1937, ten years before the discovery of Qumran where the assassination occurs. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Emily Boynton: I never forget. Remember that. I never forget anything. Not an action, not a name, not a face.
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Connections

Follows Thirteen at Dinner (1985) See more »

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City Slickers
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Music by Jack Trombey
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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Dreadful
30 May 2005 | by tniehoffSee all my reviews

You'd think that with a good story (an Agatha Christie whodunit), a solid cast of actors, and some great locations, it would be difficult not to produce a good movie. Unfortunately, in this case all that is for naught. "Appointment" has the look and feel (and lousy sound) of a badly done 'Movie of the Week' or an episode of 'The Love Boat' from hell. Most of the blame should go to director Michael Winner: every one of his directorial choices -- from his over-reliance on pedestrian shots, his ill-conceived blocking, or the waste of good acting talent (he should be shot for turning Piper Laurie and Lauren Bacall into scene-chewers) -- seems designed to make this production the movie equivalent of root-canal.


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