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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Manager Of The Karnak (as I.S.Johar)


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 <>

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Release Date:

29 September 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Muerte en el Nilo  »

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SEK 3,534,367 (Sweden)

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Did You Know?


The derringer that Mia Farrow's character (Jacqueline De Bellefort) holds in the scene with Peter Ustinov (Hercule Poirot) is a Sharps 4 Barrel Derringer. See more »


Reflections can be seen in the protective glass screen when the cobra is readying itself to strike Hercule Poirot in his cabin. See more »


Hercule Poirot: Mon Dieu, j'ai faim.
Col. Johnny Race: [whispers] Poirot! You have a woman?
Hercule Poirot: Not femme, faim! I am... peckish.
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Referenced in Murder, She Wrote: Death 'N Denial (1995) See more »


Music by Jacob Gade
Played during the tango scene
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Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful!
6 May 2003 | by (Chandler, Az) – See all my reviews

I have always loved Agatha Christie novels because she never cheats in her mysteries. We're given all of the information and if we're clever enough, we can unravel the mystery and all will be revealed. This is true with the film adaptation of Death on the Nile. I adore Mr. Ustinov's Poirot and Maggie Smith, Betty Davis, Angela Landsbury, Mia Farrow and David Niven are just fabulous. Just so that no one is surprised the murders are very grisly even by todays standard, but the scenery is breathtaking and the sets and costumes transported me to Egypt and I loved every minute of it. Watch and enjoy!

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