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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.

Director:

Andy Wilson

Writers:

Agatha Christie (novel), Kevin Elyot (screenplay)
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Cast

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)
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Storyline

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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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

12 April 2004 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Valley of kings, Luxor, Egypt See more »

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Budget:

£2,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (DVD) | (14 episodes)

Color:

Color (Kodak Vision Negative Film.)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Ferguson (Alastair Mackenzie) views Life magazine issue from January 1937, with President Roosevelt on the front page. See more »

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Quotes

Cornelia Robson: I'd love someone to dance with me.
Miss Van Schuyler: But who on this planet would want to dance with you?
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Connections

References Psycho (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Mad About the Boy
(uncredited)
Written by Noël Coward
Performed by Gertrude Lawrence
[Linnet and Joanna gossip about Jackie]
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Good, but not great
3 March 2012 | by ontheedgeeverSee all my reviews

First of all, this is an Agatha Christie must. Reading the book is the most effective thing you could do if you really want to take part in the story. Now about the movie, I must say I'm not exactly thrilled about it and here are the positive and negative features.

POSITIVE: the script was well written (with only small flaws), the music was appropriate, the scenery was amazing (I have to say I was even taken away from the story by the wonderful views of Egypt), and there were some wonderful actors in this episode. Suchet is brilliant as always and I really enjoyed seeing the likes of James Fox and Frances de la Tour. I think Emily Blunt/Linett did OK and i loved the acting of JJ Feild as Simon Doyle as he gave the character a certain subtlety and substance unseen before.The ending was truly magnificent: with the departure from the boat and the flashback.There was also a lot of emphasis on Poirot's feelings, and i think this was amazing as we don't usually see this coming from him.

NEGATIVE: I really, really didn't like the actress playing Jacqueline de Bellefort. She seemed way too cold and hard and in my opinion she tried to hard. Never have i felt that she could do what she did out of love, but out of pure sadistic pleasure.I just didn't think she was the Jacqueline Agatha Christie had in mind. Another negative aspect was that, unlike other episodes, it tried to make obvious from the beginning who the culprit was, so as to probably let the viewer to digest the information more easily, without finding it hocus-pocus, but that's the main point of Hercule Poirot' mysteries.

All in all, it was pretty good, that's why I'm giving it an 8. But if you want the real Death on the Nile, then read the book.


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