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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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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 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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A murderer strikes on board the luxury Nile steamer Karnak-and Hercule Poirot faces his most baffling case. See more »

Genres:

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, 31 December 1978
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene at the top of the pyramid, Simon (Simon MacCorkindale) told Jacqueline (Mia Farrow) that he and Linnet (Lois Chiles) saw her at the Hotel Daniele in Venice. In Moonraker (1979), Dr. Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles) also stayed at the Hotel Daniele. See more »

Goofs

When Poirot is wandering round Linnet's bed after she had been killed, you can clearly see Lois Chiles breathing. See more »

Quotes

Miss Bowers: It's more than likely, it has been my experience that men are least attracted to women who treat them well.
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Soundtracks

Jalousie
(uncredited)
Music by Jacob Gade
Played during the tango scene
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Fantastic film!!!!
29 December 2001 | by rps-2See 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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