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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Hercule Poirot
... Louise Bourget
... Linnet Ridgeway
... Mrs. Van Schuyler
... Jacqueline De Bellefort
... Mr. Ferguson
... Rosalie Otterbourne
... Manager of the Karnak
... Andrew Pennington
... Mrs. Salome Otterbourne
... Simon Doyle
... Colonel Race
... Miss Bowers
... Dr. Bessner
... Barnstaple
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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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Can the killer be found before the ship of clues reaches the end of its murderous journey ? See more »

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29 September 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Muerte en el Nilo  »

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$7,920,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$14,560,084, 31 December 1978
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Trivia

Visitors were barred from the set by Director John Guillermin, so as to preserve the secrecy of the plot. See more »

Goofs

When Jackie steals Dr Bessner's scalpel, she leaves the case and the drawer open. She ten rushes out. With Simon immobile, nobody would cover her tracks and Dr Bessner would have immediately discovered the scalpel to be missing upon his return to his cabin. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Van Schuyler: Shut up, Bowers. Just because you've got a grudge against her, or rather her father, no need to be uncivil.
Miss Bowers: *Grudge*? Melhuish Ridgeway ruined my family!
Mrs. Van Schuyler: Well, you should be grateful. If he hadn't, you would have missed out on the pleasure of working for me.
Miss Bowers: I could kill her on that score alone!
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References Murder on the Orient Express (1974) 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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Fantastic film!!!!
29 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

A wonderful cast of superb actors playing a wonderful cast of outrageous characters. Exotic locale. Lots of laughs. Great lines. ("If there are two things I hate it's heat and heathens.) Ustinov gives a somewhat harder spin to Christie's Poirot than Suchet but he's just as wonderful. Angela Lansbury should have had the Oscar for best supporting actress that year for her tipsy, dipsy authoress. Maggie Smith is her usual incredible self. The great and always fascinating Bette Davis. And the wonderfully synchophantic "manager" of the steamer. All this with exotic locations, superb camera work and well paced suspense. Not too often I vote a ten. On this one I did. Bravo!


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