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Death on the Nile (1978)

As Hercule Poirot enjoys a luxurious cruise down the Nile, a newlywed heiress is found murdered on board. Can Poirot identify the killer before the ship reaches the end of its journey?

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Based on the Agatha Christie novel, our favourite Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, is on a cruise up the Nile. He is surrounded by an interesting assortment of characters, including a wealthy heiress and her husband, on their honeymoon. It appears that everyone hates the heiress... Written by grantss

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A murderer strikes on board the luxury Nile steamer Karnak-and Hercule Poirot faces his most baffling case. See more »

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29 September 1978 (USA)  »

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Muerte en el Nilo  »

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$7,920,000 (estimated)
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The poem from which Jackie is reciting lines in the saloon is "The Sons of the Suburbs" by Rudyard Kipling. See more »

Goofs

Right after Ms Otterbourne was shot, the murderer dropped the weapon and fled the scene, leaving the gun lying on the floor. And when Poirot and Colonel Race rushed out of the room and saw the gun, Colonel Race picked it up and held it by the barrel. In fact, when a gun has just been fired, its barrel would be too hot to even touch, let alone hold up in the air in one's hands. See more »

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Jacqueline De Bellefort: Simon was mine and he loved me, then *she* came along and... sometimes, I just want to put this gun right against her head, and ever so gently, pull the trigger. When I hear that sound more and more...
Hercule Poirot: I know how you feel. We all feel like that at times. However, I must warn you, mademoiselle: Do not allow evil into your heart, it will make a home there.
Jacqueline De Bellefort: If love can't live there, evil will do just as well.
Hercule Poirot: How sad, mademoiselle.
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Referenced in Taxi: Substitute Father (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Got a Feelin' You're Foolin'
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Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Played during the scene where Linnet and Simon are dancing and the other main characters are shown for the first time
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Peter Ustinov IS Hercule Poirot!
21 December 2004 | by (Hollywood, CA) – See all my reviews

I love Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot. Forget all those other phonies who've tried to fill his shoes! Including that ridiculous Murder on the Orient Express!

His sly, lovable demeanor rivals any of the great actors playing detectives- Peter Falk as Columbo, etc. He has a wonderful way of gaining the confidence and trust of each of his suspects, while probing them for information. You never really know who he suspects, and that's the fun of the mystery. He guides you through the maze like true detective.

I have seen each of his delicious portrayals as the great, Belgian detective several times, and they just get better with age.


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