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Death on the Nile
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Director:
Writer:
Anthony Shaffer (screenplay)
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Release Date:
29 September 1978 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The only thing that could follow "Murder" is "Death" See more »
Plot:
A murder is committed on a Nile steamer, but Hercule Poirot is on board... Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(48 articles)
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User Reviews:
Relaxing entertainment. See more (97 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
John Guillermin 
 
Writing credits
Anthony Shaffer (screenplay)

Agatha Christie  novel (uncredited)

Produced by
John Brabourne .... producer
Richard B. Goodwin .... producer (as Richard Goodwin)
Norton Knatchbull .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Nino Rota 
 
Cinematography by
Jack Cardiff (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Malcolm Cooke 
 
Casting by
Dyson Lovell (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Peter Murton 
 
Art Direction by
Brian Ackland-Snow 
Terry Ackland-Snow 
 
Costume Design by
Anthony Powell (costumes designed by)
 
Makeup Department
Betty Glasow .... hair
Ramon Gow .... hair
Freddie Williamson .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Barrie Melrose .... production manager
Ron Purdie .... unit manager: England
Ahmed Sami .... production manager: Egypt (as Achmed Sami)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Carreras .... assistant director
Steve Lanning .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Ted Sturgis .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Peter Waller .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
John Paterson .... construction manager
 
Sound Department
John W. Mitchell .... sound recordist (as John Mitchell)
John Richards .... sound recordist
Bill Rowe .... sound recordist (as Billy Rowe)
Nicholas Stevenson .... sound editor (as Nick Stevenson)
 
Stunts
Joe Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Cardiff .... second unit photography
Frank Elliott .... focus puller
Keith Hamshere .... still photographer
W.C. 'Chunky' Huse .... grip (as Chunky Huse)
Alec Mills .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rosemary Burrows .... costume supervisor
Germinal Rangel .... costume maker
Joanna Johnston .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Barbara Matera .... costume maker (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Chris Kelly .... assistant editor
Nigel Galt .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Marcus Dods .... conductor
 
Other crew
Jim Brennan .... location manager: Egypt
Richard du Vivier .... production associate (as Richard Du Vivier)
Brian Harris .... supervising accountant
Wayne Sleep .... choreographer: tango
Edna Tromans .... publicist
Constance Willis .... continuity (as Connie Willis)
Elisabeth Woodthorpe .... production secretary
 
Crew believed to be complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • Government of Egypt  the producers wish to thank: for their help during the making of this film (as The Government of Egypt)
  • Panavision  filmed with Panavision® equipment

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Runtime:
140 min
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Color:
Color (as colour) (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Iceland:L | Ireland:PG | Norway:16 (1978) | Peru:14 | Singapore:PG | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) (2002) (2006) | USA:PG | West Germany:12
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Trivia:
The exterior of "Wode Hall" the Ridgeway estate in the film was later used in the opening credits of the TV series "Silver Spoons."See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): On the first night of the cruise, Bette Davis's character says good night to Poirot, and he answers "Bonjour". No Belgian, especially one as fastidious and serious as Poirot, who does not play around or joke, would say "Bonjour" for "good night". He would have said "Bon soir," (good night), which he does say to the others as they go.See more »
Quotes:
Col. Johnny Race:What are you thinking?
Hercule Poirot:I was thinking of Molière: 'La grande ambition des femmes est d'inspirer l'amour'.
Col. Johnny Race:[sighs] I wish you'd speak some *known* language...
Hercule Poirot:"The great ambition of women is to inspire love."
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Soundtrack:
Wedding MarchSee more »

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49 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
Relaxing entertainment., 13 April 2004
Author: KEVMC from Rugby, UK.

An heiress is murdered while honeymooning on a Nile cruise. Fortunately, the famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is holidaying on the same paddle steamer, and begins an investigation. However, it would seem that all of the other passengers on board have clear motives for committing the murder.

This was the second of Agatha Christie's novels featuring Hercule Poirot to be filmed, after the success of 'Murder On The Orient Express' a few years earlier. The great Peter Ustinov, who so recently passed away, took on the role this time, and injected it with his own droll humour. Indeed the whole film seems rather tongue in cheek, with the all star cast having fun with their roles. Bette Davis, Maggie Smith and Jack Warden all enjoyably ham it up, but Angela Lansbury manages to outdo them all with a delightfully over the top performance as the perpetually drunk author of erotic novels. David Niven, ever the archetypal British gent, proves a good foil as Poirot's partner in the investigation.

Where the film really scores is in the locations and photography. Egypt proves a stately backdrop to proceedings and veteran Cinematographer Jack Cardiff makes the most of it. The 1930's setting also gives an air of genteel opulence to the surroundings. While the film couldn't claim to be a classic tension filled mystery, it is a pleasant, laid back and enjoyable entertainment, that's clever enough to keep you guessing until the end.

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