Emily Boynton, step-mother to the three Boynton children and mother to Ginevra, blackmails the family lawyer, Jefferson Cope, into destroying a second will of her late husband which would have freed the childern from her dominating influence. She takes herself and the children on holiday to Europe and the Holy Land.
In Jerusalem, Hercule Poirot meets up with a woman friend, Dr. King who falls in love with Raymond Boynton to Emily’s disapproval. Lady Westholme, her secretary and Cope are following them too. The children discover about the second will and Emily succeeds in rubbing the rest up the wrong way causing much hatred towards her. At a dig, everybody wonders about the camp and Emily is found dead… poisoned.
Appointment with Death is a 1988 British 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.
The film stars Peter Ustinov as Poirot, along with Lauren Bacall, Carrie Fisher, John Gielgud, Piper Laurie, Hayley Mills, Jenny Seagrove and David Soul. Gielgud and Bacall had previously co-starred in another big-screen Poirot adaptation, 1974’s Murder on the Orient Express.
Appointment with Death (1988)
Directed by: Michael Winner
Starring: Peter Ustinov, Lauren Bacall, Carrie Fisher, John Gielgud, Piper Laurie, Hayley Mills, Jenny Seagrove, David Soul
Screenplay by: Michael Winner, Anthony Shaffer, Peter Buckman
Production Design by: John Blezard
Cinematography by: David Gurfinkel
Film Editing by: Michael Winner
Costume Design by: John Bloomfield
Set Decoration by: Alan Cassie, Shlomo Zafrir
Art Direction by: Avishay Avivi
Music by: Pino Donaggio
Distributed by: Cannon Films
Release Date: April 15, 1988