This is the second Agatha Christie adaptation to star Peter Ustinov as the dopey but likable Belgian inspector Hercule Poirot, and it proves--as in DEATH ON THE NILE--that his is the definitive, though not the most faithful, persona. The setting is an idyllic island retreat (filmed in
Majorca), where Ustinov is investigating the death of a bitchy stage star, Diana Rigg. The suspects are many--a cheated biographer, Roddy McDowall; a pair of financially dependent Broadway producers, James Mason and Sylvia Miles; the dead woman's husband, Denis Quilley; his lover, Maggie Smith; a
millionaire, Colin Blakely; and a husband and wife, Nicholas Clay and Jane Birkin--and no...