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Death on the Nile (1978)

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As Hercule Poirot (Sir Peter Ustinov) 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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The only thing that could follow "Murder" is "Death" 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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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 »

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Relaxing entertainment.
13 April 2004 | by KEVMCSee all my reviews

An heiress is murdered while honeymooning on a Nile cruise. Fortunately, the famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is holidaying on the same paddle steamer, and begins an investigation. However, it would seem that all of the other passengers on board have clear motives for committing the murder.

This was the second of Agatha Christie's novels featuring Hercule Poirot to be filmed, after the success of 'Murder On The Orient Express' a few years earlier. The great Peter Ustinov, who so recently passed away, took on the role this time, and injected it with his own droll humour. Indeed the whole film seems rather tongue in cheek, with the all star cast having fun with their roles. Bette Davis, Maggie Smith and Jack Warden all enjoyably ham it up, but Angela Lansbury manages to outdo them all with a delightfully over the top performance as the perpetually drunk author of erotic novels. David Niven, ever the archetypal British gent, proves a good foil as Poirot's partner in the investigation.

Where the film really scores is in the locations and photography. Egypt proves a stately backdrop to proceedings and veteran Cinematographer Jack Cardiff makes the most of it. The 1930's setting also gives an air of genteel opulence to the surroundings. While the film couldn't claim to be a classic tension filled mystery, it is a pleasant, laid back and enjoyable entertainment, that's clever enough to keep you guessing until the end.


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