Evil under the Sun

  • PG
  • Guy Hamilton (1982)
  • UK
  • 111 min
Evil under the Sun
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Film Review
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3 out of 5

In this typically polished whodunnit, adapted by Anthony Shaffer (who wrote Sleuth) from the Agatha Christie novel, Peter Ustinov makes his second appearance as fussy Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. You won't use up too many grey cells figuring out who is responsible for the murder of actress Diana Rigg, but there's enormous pleasure to be had from sitting through the picture while waiting to be proved right. The stellar cast clearly enjoys itself, with Maggie Smith in fine fettle as the hotel manageress. Majorca looks hot, but it would have been nice if the producers had retained the original Cornish setting.

Plot Summary

Murder mystery based on the novel by Agatha Christie, starring Peter Ustinov, Colin Blakely and Jane Birkin. When an actress is murdered at a luxury hotel on a remote island, Hercule Poirot is asked to investigate.

Cast and crew


Hercule Poirot
Peter Ustinov
Sir Horace Blatt
Colin Blakely
Christine Redfern
Jane Birkin
Patrick Redfern
Nicholas Clay
Daphne Castle
Maggie Smith
Rex Brewster
Roddy McDowall
Myra Gardener
Sylvia Miles
Odell Gardener
James Mason
Kenneth Marshall
Denis Quilley
Arlena Marshall
Diana Rigg
Linda Marshall
Emily Hone
Police sergeant
John Alderson
Police inspector
Paul Antrim
Police surgeon
Cyril Conway
Flewitt's secretary
Barbara Hicks
Richard Vernon
Robert Dorning
Dimitri Andreas


Guy Hamilton

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Columbia-Emi-Warner Dists Ltd
May be edited for violence.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate PG