Appointment with Death (film)
|Appointment with Death|
Original cinema poster
|Directed by||Michael Winner|
|Produced by||Michael Winner
|Music by||Pino Donaggio|
|Editing by||Arnold Crust Jr. (Michael Winner)|
|Distributed by||Cannon Film Distributors|
|Release dates||15 April 1988 (US)|
|Running time||102 minutes|
Appointment with Death is a 1988 mystery film, made by Golan-Globus Productions and produced and directed by Michael Winner. It is an adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel Appointment with Death featuring the detective Hercule Poirot. The screenplay was by Peter Buckman, Anthony Shaffer and Michael Winner.
Gielgud and Bacall had previously co-starred in another big-screen Poirot adaptation, 1974's Murder on the Orient Express.
Emily Boynton, stepmother to the three Boynton children – Lennox, Raymond and Carol – and mother to Ginevra, blackmails the family lawyer, Jefferson Cope, 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 Nadine on holiday to Europe and the Holy Land. In Jerusalem, the great detective Hercule Poirot meets up with a woman friend, Dr. Sarah King, who falls in love with Raymond Boynton to Emily's disapproval.
Lady Westholme, her secretary Miss Quinton and lawyer Cope are following them too. The children discover the second will and Emily succeeds in rubbing the rest the wrong way, causing much hatred towards her. At a dig, Emily is found dead. Poirot investigates.
- Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot
- Piper Laurie as Emily Boynton
- Lauren Bacall as Lady Westholme
- John Gielgud as Colonel Carbury
- Carrie Fisher as Nadine
- Hayley Mills as Miss Quinton
- David Soul as Jefferson Cope
- Jenny Seagrove as Dr. Sarah King
- Nicholas Guest as Lennox
- Amber Bezer as Ginevra
- John Terlesky as Raymond
- Valerie Richards as Carol
The movie was not a box office success.
Critic David Aldridge from May 1988 Film Review magazine classified as "Another loser from Winner, though, to give the man some small due, even a more talented director would have floundered forcing freshness in such formularised fare.". He also criticised Cannon film for production value of exotic location, with the quote: "But, then, it is a Cannon Film and they're not known for spending a penny when a halfpenny would just about do. Good for TV".
Ustinov as Poirot
This film was Peter Ustinov's sixth and last appearance as Hercule Poirot.
- Death on the Nile (1978)
- Evil Under the Sun (1982)
- Thirteen at Dinner (1985)
- Dead Man's Folly (1986)
- Murder in Three Acts (1986)
- Appointment with Death (1988)
This is the only one of the six films in which Peter Ustinov portrayed Poirot that has never been released onto Region 1 DVD for US and Canadian home video.
- Canby, Vincent (15 April 1988). "Movie Review - Appointment With Death - Review/Film; 'Appointment With Death' Recasts Ustinov as Poirot - NYTimes.com". Movies.nytimes.com. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
- "MOVIE REVIEWS : 'Appointment With Death' a Disappointment – Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. 15 April 1988. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
- "Variety Reviews – Appointment with Death – Film Reviews – - Review by Variety Staff". Variety.com. 31 December 1987. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
- "Box Office Champs, Chumps : The hero of the bottom line was the 46-year-old 'Bambi' – Page 2 – Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. 8 January 1989. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
6. David Aldridge, Film Review (1988) http://www.john-ninnis.com/2013/03/film-review-appointment-with-death-1988.html