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Death on the Nile (1978)

PG  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  29 September 1978 (USA)
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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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Almost everyone on the S.S.Karnak, cruising the Nile, has a reason to want heiress Linnet Ridgeway dead. Her jewels are coveted by elderly Mrs. van Schuyler, her maid is upset because Linnet won't give her a promised dowry, writer Salome Otterbourne is facing a libel suit brought by Linnet, Salome's daughter Rosalie wants to protect her mother, American Andrew Pennington has been embezzling from the Ridgeway family, and former friend Jacqueline de Bellefort is upset that Linnet stole her fiance, Simon, away from her. Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot must unravel the mystery when Linnet (and some of the others) turn up dead. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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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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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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29 September 1978 (USA)  »

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Muerte en el Nilo  »

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SEK 3,534,367 (Sweden)
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Cybill Shepherd turned down the role of Linnet Ridgeway which was later cast with Lois Chiles. See more »

Goofs

In the dining room, the night Poirot is served eel instead of mushrooms, a group of Egyptian musicians is playing instruments like the suz and rebec. On the soundtrack is a palm court orchestra. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Van Schuyler: Rules are made to be broken. At least *mine* are by *me*.
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All Things Bright and Beautiful
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Music by William H. Monk
Lyrics by Cecil F. Alexander
Sung by the schoolchildren in their classroom
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A good, well-paced classic whodunnit
19 August 1999 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie was the first and best of Peter Ustinov's performances as Hercule Poirot. Though physically not very accurate to Agatha Christie's description of the little Belgian detective, for this one movie everything worked and the discrepancy was not a problem. The film is well-paced, with all the plot turns and clues coming with perfect timing, not too fast to be confusing, but not too slow to strain the rather flimsy fabric of the story. The whole cast is very good, especially Bette Davis as a malevolent old spider of a woman, gleefully tormenting her long-suffering companion, Maggie Smith. The scene where she smiles indulgently at a group of Egyptian children waving at her on the river bank, only to sink into mortified disgust as they turn around and moon her, is a highlight of the movie. The climax of the film is quite surprising, and unlike many mysteries, does not cheat the viewer by withholding vital information until the last moment. We feel the pleasure of being honestly fooled throughout, and the conclusion is thoroughly satisfying.


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