Appointment With Death

Film, Thrillers

Time Out says

Winner's tongue-in-cheek direction overplays the clichés: even Hercule Poirot (Ustinov) seems to have lost respect for his profession. Agatha Christie's story concerns a stepmother (Laurie) who cheats her adopted family out of the proceeds of their father's will; to distract their attention, she arranges a family cruise to Palestine, where the old bag is bumped off and various well-met stiff upper Britishers lengthen the list of suspects. Much is made of period (the '30s), picture-postcard settings, and a host of stars, some of them already veterans of Christie adaptations, others probably doomed to a similar tale in the future. For all the glitter and gloss that Golan and Globus can buy, the film suffers from a mind-numbing inertia, its acting anal retentive, its scene-shifts stagy.

By: EP


Release details

102 mins

Cast and crew

Michael Winner
Anthony Shaffer, Peter Buckman, Michael Winner
Peter Ustinov
Lauren Bacall
Carrie Fisher
John Gielgud
Piper Laurie
Hayley Mills
Jenny Seagrove
David Soul
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