icon Film Profile: Death on the Nile - (1978)
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6.4/10 Stars
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3.5/10 Stars
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"A murderer strikes on board the luxury Nile steamer Karnak-and Hercule Poirot faces his most baffling case."


  • Director: John Guillermin
  • Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama,
  • Studio: Mersham Productions
  • Subtitled | Widescreen | Duration: 150 Mins

Peter Ustinov takes over from Albert Finney as pernickety Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot in this solid, star-studded dramatisation of Agatha Christie's paddle-steamer mystery. The plot is suitably tricky, the Egyptian locations dazzling and all the actors onboard seem to be having a terrific time -especially Angela Lansbury as a drunken writer and Maggie Smith as an acid-tongued nurse. It's only in comparison with 1974's Murder on the Orient Express that the film inevitably suffers - the solution isn't quite as jaw-dropping, and some of the whys and wherefores overtax credibility - but a humorous Ustinov keeps the whole thing afloat with his ability to add a twinkle to even the most earnest lines of dialogue.
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Cast List:
Hercule Poirot : Peter Ustinov
Louise Bourget : Jane Birkin
Linnet Ridgeway : Lois Chiles
Mrs Van Schuyler : Bette Davis
Jacqueline de Bellefort : Mia Farrow
Mr Ferguson : Jon Finch
Rosalie Otterbourne : Olivia Hussey
Manager of the Karnak : I S Johar
Andrew Pennington : George Kennedy
Mrs Salome Otterbourne : Angela Lansbury
Simon Doyle : Simon MacCorkindale
Colonel Rice : David Niven
Miss Bowers : Maggie Smith
Dr Bessner : Jack Warden
Barnstaple : Harry Andrews
Rockford : Sam Wanamaker

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