Watch: Appointment with Death 1988 123movies, Full Movie Online – 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..
Plot: Emily Boynton, stepmother to three children, blackmails the family lawyer into destroying a second will of her late husband that would have freed the children from her dominating influence. She takes herself, the children and her daughter-in-law on holiday to Europe and the Holy Land. At a dig, Emily is found dead and Hercule Poirot investigates.
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A great film.
An avid fan of Agatha Christie, I enjoyed this film greatly. Particularly because of the quality of the cast and their impressive portrayal of the characters. Although David Suchet, in his series and films makes a very impressive Hercule Poirot, Peter Ustinov creates a far more real character and is a superb actor. Lauren Bacall, as always, impresses. Carrie Fisher excels and moves on from the Starwars era, to her advantage. Am I the only viewer to “fall in love with” Amber Bezer? Hayley Mills is also excellent, but I continually find it a bit difficult to not keep remembering her as Pollyanna and her other early successful parts. As usual in Christie movies, the reproduction of the period seems to be perfect, from the vehicles, the dress, realistic and appropriate sites and scenery, to the actor’s portrayals is, in my opinion, superb.
Poirot’s little grey cells are at work again!
1937: manipulative and malicious, recently widowed Emily Boynton ruthlessly rules her step-children’s lives. She even makes a luxury family trip to Europe and the Middle East hellish. Things come to boiling point in British-controlled Palestine and fellow traveller. Hercule Poirot is soon intrigued and appalled to discover that death never takes a holiday – nor can his famed “little grey cells”.
One of Dame Agatha Christie’s best Poirot books comes to life in an adaptation directed by Michael Winner, and no, there’s no vigilantes, rapes and grisly murders in sight – only two murders, one of them being done with digitalis injection and the other by gunshot. Winner’s an odd choice to direct this lavish mystery headed by a big cast, but he does a fine job; it’s well-directed and acted mystery. Peter Ustinov, a definitive and the most fun Poirot in my book, does a brilliant job as the Belgium detective, as does the rest of the cast. But it has to be said that Piper Laurie is a standout as the horrid Mrs Boynton.
This is an excellent addition to the other two Peter Ustinov mysteries, and like those ones, the location is breathtaking, setting the scene of a little murder.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 42 min (102 min), 1 hr 36 min (96 min) (Germany), 1 hr 42 min (102 min) (USA), 1 hr 48 min (108 min) (UK)
Genre Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director Michael Winner
Writer Agatha Christie, Anthony Shaffer, Peter Buckman
Actors Peter Ustinov, Lauren Bacall, Carrie Fisher
Country United States, United Kingdom
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Stereo
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Joe Dunton Cameras
Laboratory Rank Film Laboratories, Denham, UK (color)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm