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Death on the Nile (1978)

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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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John Guillermin

Writer:

Anthony Shaffer (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Ustinov ... Hercule Poirot
Jane Birkin ... Louise Bourget
Lois Chiles ... Linnet Ridgeway
Bette Davis ... Mrs. Van Schuyler
Mia Farrow ... Jacqueline De Bellefort
Jon Finch ... Mr. Ferguson
Olivia Hussey ... Rosalie Otterbourne
I.S. Johar ... Manager of the Karnak
George Kennedy ... Andrew Pennington
Angela Lansbury ... Mrs. Salome Otterbourne
Simon MacCorkindale ... Simon Doyle
David Niven ... Colonel Race
Maggie Smith ... Miss Bowers
Jack Warden ... Dr. Bessner
Harry Andrews ... Barnstaple
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Storyline

Based on the Dame Agatha Christie novel, our favorite Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot (Sir Peter Ustinov), 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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Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French | Arabic | German

Release Date:

29 September 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Muerte en el Nilo See more »

Filming Locations:

UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,920,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$14,560,084
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In this Agatha Christie story, Angela Lansbury played author Salome Otterbourne. In Murder, She Wrote: Death 'N Denial (1995) (also a whodunit, where Lansbury is the heroine sleuth), playing in Egypt, a character is called Sally Otterburn. See more »

Goofs

When Simon is recuperating in Dr. Bessner's cabin, Louise Bourget enters and Poirot questions her partly in French and partly in English. At one point Poirot says something that alarms Louise and she responds in French with "Ah non!" to which Poirot responds with the contradiction "Ah oui!" No native French speaker would say that. He would say "Ah si!" because in French "yes" in a contradiction is always expressed with "si" instead of "oui." Ustinov was an excellent speaker of several languages, including French, so it's surprising that he did not correct the script writer on that subject. See more »

Quotes

Mrs Otterbourne: [Interrupting Poirot and Race] Do forgive me for butting in, but I have a bet with my daughter here, that you're Hercules Porridge, the famous French sleuth.
Hercule Poirot: Not quite. I am Hercule Poirot, the famous Belgian sleuth.
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Featured in Agatha Christie: A Woman of Mystery (2007) See more »

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Jalousie
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Music by Jacob Gade
Played during the tango scene
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Very exciting and very, very entertaining.
13 April 2000 | by revival05See all my reviews

**Please excuse me for some possible spelling mistakes**

I don't know much about Agatha Christie (more than she's a famous writer) but I can say one thing. ''Death on the Nile'' is really great! I love this kind of ''Cluedo-movies'' where there is a suspense over the scene and everybody is a suspect. Sure, there are many more that will go to ''Scream'' for this kind of thing, at least teenagers, but I can say with a very clean concious that this is a really good movie with class.

**** (of 5)


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