Movie Description: It's the perfect vacation and nearly the perfect crime in this star-studded whodunit. Join Agatha Christie's famed Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot as he interrupts his holiday to investigate a brutal murder at an exclusive resort hotel.
Don't you just love Agatha Christie and especially the late 1970s/early 1980s theatrical versions of some of her books? They are good mysteries, yes, but more importantly - - the costume and set designs are to die for. Literally. He he.
|Ladies and gentlemen . . . the victim|
As you will find out, Arlena is a nasty person. Other than maybe having a lot of money (or jewels, if Sir Horace is any indication) or being unbelievable between the sheets, I'm at a loss for explaining why men apparently fall down at her feet. She's played with the appropriate bitchiness by Diana Rigg, who comes on like an F5 tornado, knowing that she's going to bite it an hour in and we won't see her again. I guess that's what it known as making the most of the time you have. No fault of Ms. Rigg's as she does sum up the character (and I use that word loosely) of Arlena very nicely. Or the director just let her chew the scenery unchecked because, well, it's Diana Rigg.
You will have absolutely no sympathy for the victim here, which seems to be a somewhat common occurrence with some of Ms. Christie's works. Her victims are often not the nicest people, hence the waiting line for people who would have a valid excuse to do them in.
As in most Christie films, there is a somewhat slow buildup. As I previously mentioned, the murder itself doesn't happen for nearly an hour into the film which would be an eternity for anyone but Roman Polanski's films. Also as in other Christie film adaptations, Poirot figures out whodunnit and with what instrument and reveals all in the last twenty or so minutes of the film. This is usually the best part, when flashbacks will show you how the crime unfolded.
|The stunning "summer palace" that Daphne Castle earned, err, was gifted|
|Poirot, getting ready for his swim|
|The ultimate frenemies - - Arlena and Daphne|
Also aboard for hijinks and suspicion are Roddy McDowall, James Mason (in one of his last films), Sylvia Miles, Jane Birkin (who also appears in Death on the Nile), Colin Blakely and Nicholas Clay. And yes, all of them have equal reason to want to rid the earth of the disease known as Arlena Marshall.
|Work it, girls|
|Just a stroll around the resort|
|Just chilling on the terrace|
I would definitely recommend this film . . . heck, it should be required viewing for Christie lovers.