Appointment with Death

Appointment with Death

Michael Winner (1988)

PG Certificate


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Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot travels to Palestine here, where a murder awaits a twist of his waxed moustache. The usual assortment of glamorous suspects is on hand, including John Gielgud and Lauren Bacall (who were both aboard the earlier Orient Express mystery), Carrie Fisher, Hayley Mills, Piper Laurie, David Soul and Jenny Seagrove. Michael Winner was the director, so a good time was probably had by the stars, but with Ustinov making his sixth appearance as Poirot, the formula looks stale to say the least, though some mild amusement can be had from the cast and trying to guess whodunnit.


A rich widow who has stooped to blackmail pushes her luck too far and winds up dead during a holiday in the Holy Land. Belgian detective Hercule Poirot happens to be on hand and resolves to get to the bottom of the case. Michael Winner's adaptation of Agatha Christie's mystery novel, starring Peter Ustinov, with Piper Laurie, Lauren Bacall, John Gielgud, Hayley Mills and Carrie Fisher.

Cast & Crew

Hercule Poirot Peter Ustinov
Lady Westholme Lauren Bacall
Nadine Boynton Carrie Fisher
Colonel Carbury John Gielgud
Mrs Emily Boynton Piper Laurie
Miss Quinton Hayley Mills
Dr Sarah King Jenny Seagrove
Jefferson Cope David Soul
Lennox Boynton Nicholas Guest
Carol Boynton Valerie Richards
Raymond Boynton John Terlesky
Ginevra Boynton Amber Bezer
Director Michael Winner
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Cannon Releasing UKGuidance: Edited for language. Available on: video and DVD