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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?

Director:

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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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Many people say that Gerald Sim and Victor Maddern are in this movie, but neither are anywhere to be seen. See more »

Goofs

When Simon and Linette are climbing up the pyramid there's a shot of them having climbed more than half way up, but in the next shot, looking down on them, the ground and rubble is visible only a few meters beneath. See more »

Quotes

Andrew Pennington: What the hell is going on?
Hercule Poirot: We're going through your private papers, sir, isn't that obvious?
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Connections

Referenced in Lukas: Hasch mich (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

I Love My Baby (My Baby Loves Me)
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played when Uncle Andrew runs into Linnet at the hotel
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A Great Adaption!
23 May 2005 | by r-downey1See all my reviews

I watched this film when it was broadcast on channel four last Christmas and I was so blown away by it that I had to buy the movie on DVD. Coming from a true fan of murder mystery TV shows with my all-time favourite series being Midsomer Murders, I can tell you this has to be one of the best detective dramas ever to be adapted from one of Agatha Christie's novels. Peter Ustinov gives a wonderful performance as Christie's world famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, who along with his sidekick has to solve three violent shootings on a luxury cruise ship sailing off the coast of Egypt. The story is full of red herrings, great and really well acted characters and lots of fantastic humour. It is also very gripping with a crime that is forever tricky to work out and a truly unpredictable killer gives the film a perfect ending. I would suggest to all fans of classic British Murder Myestries to see this 1970's Agatha Christie tale but you will have to be prepared to be blown away by it. I overall give Death on the Nile 8/10 stars.

ONE OF THE BEST DETECTIVE STORIES EVER WRITTEN!


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