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Death on the Nile
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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:
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? Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A good, well-paced classic whodunnit See more (104 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 stylist
Ramon Gow .... hair stylist
Freddie Williamson .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Barrie Melrose .... production manager
Ron Purdie .... unit manager: England
Ahmed Sami .... production manager: Egyptian (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
David Coley .... carpenter (uncredited)
 
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 .... stills 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)
 
Location Management
Jim Brennan .... location manager: Egypt
 
Music Department
Marcus Dods .... conductor
 
Other crew
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


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Runtime:
140 min
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | France:Tous publics | 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 (MPAA rating: certificate #25124) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
Accommodation problems were rife whilst location filming in Egypt. No hotel reservations were made for some of the crew, some of whom had to be shuffled from one hotel to another, sometimes every day.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Simon and Linette are climbing up the pyramid there's a shot of them having climbed more than half way up, but in the next shot, looking down on them, the ground and rubble is visible only a few meters beneath.See more »
Quotes:
Mrs. Van Schuyler:You need a nice cool holiday, I was thinking of a trip along the Gobi Desert!See more »
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Featured in Being Poirot (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
Frankie and JohnnySee more »

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45 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
A good, well-paced classic whodunnit, 19 August 1999
Author: Rosabel from Ottawa, Canada

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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