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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?

Director:

John Guillermin

Writer:

Anthony Shaffer (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Ustinov ... Hercule Poirot
Jane Birkin ... Louise Bourget
Lois Chiles ... Linnet Ridgeway Doyle
Bette Davis ... Mrs. Van Schuyler
Mia Farrow ... Jacqueline 'Jackie' 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. Ludwig 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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A murderer strikes on board the luxury Nile steamer Karnak-and Hercule Poirot faces his most baffling case. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Trivia

Filming had to be stopped every day at noon for around two hours because temperatures reached around the one hundred thirty degrees Fahrenheit (fifty-four degrees Celsius) mark at that time. To accommodate this, make-up calls were scheduled for four a.m., with filming starting at six a.m. On this, veteran actress Bette Davis once quipped: "In the older days, they'd have built the Nile for you. Nowadays, films have become travelogues, and actors stuntmen." See more »

Goofs

At the beginning, while Linnet and Jackie are in Linnet's master bedroom, a crew member crawling across the floor is reflected in the mirror. See more »

Quotes

Jacqueline De Bellefort: [singing a line from the song "Frankie and Johnny" to Simon Doyle] He was her man, but he was doin' her wrong!
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Connections

Followed by Dead Man's Folly (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

All Things Bright and Beautiful
(uncredited)
Music by William H. Monk
Lyrics by Cecil F. Alexander
Sung by the schoolchildren in their classroom
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Timeless
7 January 2002 | by Movie_Man 500See all my reviews

Holds up well, even after multiple viewings. The violence for a PG rated movie is affectively brutal. A slew of great actors fleshing out memorable characters; what more do you need? One of the better movie adaptions of Christie's extensive library, even with a few of its more detailed threads reduced in film form. (It rarely hurts the story)

This contains one of Mia Farrow's best performances.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French | Arabic | German

Release Date:

29 September 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death on the Nile See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,920,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$14,560,084

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,560,353
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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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