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Death on the Nile 

A wealthy British heiress honeymooning on a Nile cruise ship is stalked by a former friend, whose boyfriend she had stolen before making him her new husband.


Andy Wilson


Agatha Christie (novel), Kevin Elyot (screenplay)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Suchet ... Hercule Poirot
James Fox ... Colonel Race
Emma Griffiths Malin ... Jacqueline De Bellefort (as Emma Malin)
JJ Feild ... Simon Doyle
Emily Blunt ... Linnet Ridgeway
Judy Parfitt ... Miss Van Schuyler
Daisy Donovan ... Cornelia Robson
Barbara Flynn ... Mrs Allerton
Daniel Lapaine ... Tim Allerton
David Soul ... Andrew Pennington
Frances de la Tour ... Salome Otterbourne (as Frances De La Tour)
Zoe Telford ... Rosalie Otterbourne
Alastair Mackenzie ... Ferguson
Steve Pemberton ... Dr Bessner
George Antoni George Antoni ... Cruise Manager (as George Yiasoumi)


While on their honeymoon in Egypt, newlyweds Simon Doyle and Linett Ridgeway are constantly harassed by Simon's ex-fiancée Jackie De Bellefort who feels her ex-best friend has stolen the love of her life. A holidaying Hercules Poirot counsels Jackie to put an end to her antics, fearing that all of this can only end in tragedy. When one of the passengers is killed while on a cruise down the Nile, Poirot must sift through an odd assortment of passengers, all of whom may have something to hide. There is Linett's financial advisor from the US, her French maid who clearly has something to hide, the Austrian doctor who keeps mostly to himself and the left leaning philosopher who despises the rich. Written by garykmcd

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English | Italian

Release Date:

12 April 2004 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Valley of kings, Luxor, Egypt See more »


Box Office


£2,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


| (DVD) | (14 episodes)


Color (Kodak Vision Negative Film.)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Elliott Gould was asked to play Andrew Pennington. He would soon after go on to play Rufus Van Aldin in "Poirot: Mystery of the Blue Train" instead. See more »


[All goofs for this title are spoilers.] See more »


Hercule Poirot: What sets you apart, M. Ferguson?
Ferguson: I make people aware... and I certainly don't swirl around like a fop!
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Version of Death on the Nile (1978) See more »


Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Music by Jerome Kern and lyrics by Otto A. Harbach
[third dance at Egypt hotel]
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Colorful episode in which a murder takes place when Hercule Poirot enjoys a luxurious cruise down the Nile
13 February 2018 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Suspense and intrigue with Hercules Poirot on board a cruise in Egypt . This is is a fine episode , as the flick will appeal to mystery lovers and Agatha Christie-Poirot novels buffs .The set design and costumes are riveting , the tale is magnificently set by that time . Very good chapter in which Poirot investigates the killing of a mysterious person stabbed in his compartment and aboard a luxurious Nile cruise steamer . This whodunit deals with Hercules Poirot (David Suchet) as the Belgian sleuth man in he case of killing a rich heiress honeymooning on a Nile cruise ship , being found murdered, shot through the head . Poirot investigates the travelers and numerous suspects , all the support cast , such as : Linett's financial advisor (David Soul) from the US, her French maid , the Austrian doctor , a wealthy aristocrat , a left wing philosopher , among others . Who is the killer? , can he find the guilty? . Along the way Hercules is helped by Colonel Race (James Fox, Edward Fox's brother) . After the clues have been shown we will get a chance to give the answer with Poirot finding out about the culprit at a twisted finale with outstanding surprises . Then are taken the murders from different viewpoints of everyone aboard which it makes a little bit boring , endless and overlong .

The film is a detective story in which you are the detective . In the picture there is mystery , emotion , a twisted love , suspense and wonderful outdoors just like : the pyramids Keops , Kefren , Micerinos , sphinx Gyze , temples : Karnak , Luxor and the rout of river Nile in the cruise ship . The premise is simple : a newlywed heiress is found murdered on board , can Poirot identify the killer before the ship reaches the end of its journey? . As Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, who is also a passenger aboard the cruise, is about to uncover a murder so carefully planned that even he must admit that the murderer has thought of everything .The pace is deliberate , slow and relaxed . And while the dialogue is in English, the film has a deliciously international flavor , with a mix of interesting accents and word pronunciations . Actors's interpretations are wonderful and including sunny outdoors . At the beginning of the film talks about a rich British heiress who is stalked by a former friend, whose boyfriend she had stolen before making him her new husband , this one will be related with the subsequent death .This movie was made and released about 67 years after Agatha Christie's source novel of the same name was first published in 1937 . Filming had to be stopped every day at noon for around two hours because of the high temperatures . Nice acting by the great David Suchet , his acting is similar to Albert Finney (Murder on the Orient Express) and Peter Ustinov : Evil under the sun (Guy Hamilton), Appointment with Death (Michael Winner) and Death on the Nile (Guy Hamilton) . Interpretation of the support actors are first-rate , such as Emma Griffiths , Zoe Telford , JJ Feild , Judy Parfitt , Barbara Flynn Alastair Mackenzie , Frances De la Tour , Daisy Donovan and the ravishing Hollywood actress Emily Blunt and the American TV star David Soul .

Martin Fuhrer' s cinematography is atmospheric and colorful ; being shot at Pinewood Studios and Egypt with nice production design by Michael Pickwoad . The movie gets a lush costume design and magnificent setting and art design. Evocative and suspenseful musical score by Christopher Gunning . This Hercule Poirot episode was efficiently directed by Andy Wilson .The TV movie will appeal to suspense enthusiasts and thriller lovers . There is another famous rendition based on this known novel by Agatha Christie ¨Death on the Nile¨(1978) by Guy Hamilton with Peter Ustinov , George Kennedy , Bette Davis , Lois Chiles , Angela Lansbury , Jane Birkin , Olivia Hussey , John Finch.

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