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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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Taglines:

The only thing that could follow "Murder" is "Death" See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French | Arabic | German

Release Date:

2 November 1978 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Death on the Nile 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

The location shoot in Egypt went for seven weeks, of which four were spent on the steamer riverboat "S.S. Karnak" and three filming in places such as Luxor, Cairo, Aswan, and Abu Simbel. See more »

Goofs

Reflections can be seen in the protective glass screen when the cobra is readying itself to strike Hercule Poirot in his cabin. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Van Schuyler: You perfectly foul French upstart!
Hercule Poirot: Belgian upstart, please, madame.
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Connections

Referenced in Murder, She Wrote: Death 'N Denial (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

All Things Bright and Beautiful
(uncredited)
Music by William H. Monk
Lyrics by Cecil F. Alexander
Sung by the schoolchildren in their classroom
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Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful!
6 May 2003 | by Lorri-3See all my reviews

I have always loved Agatha Christie novels because she never cheats in her mysteries. We're given all of the information and if we're clever enough, we can unravel the mystery and all will be revealed. This is true with the film adaptation of Death on the Nile. I adore Mr. Ustinov's Poirot and Maggie Smith, Betty Davis, Angela Landsbury, Mia Farrow and David Niven are just fabulous. Just so that no one is surprised the murders are very grisly even by todays standard, but the scenery is breathtaking and the sets and costumes transported me to Egypt and I loved every minute of it. Watch and enjoy!


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