Death on the Nile (1978)


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Peter Ustinov began his long association with the Hercule Poirot character of murder mystery novelist Agatha Christie with this lavish but financially disappointing follow-up to the popular Murder on the Orient Express (1974). During a luxurious pleasure cruise down the Nile aboard a lavish vessel populated with wealthy passengers, widely despised heiress and home wrecker Linnet Ridgeway (Lois Chiles) is murdered. Also aboard is famed Belgian detective Poirot (Ustinov) and his taciturn traveling … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Anthony Shaffer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 27, 2001
EMI Films Ltd.



as Hercule Poirot

as Louise Bourget

as Linnet Ridgeway

as Colonel Race

as Mrs. Van Schuyler

as Jacqueline De Bellef...

as Mrs. Salome Otterbou...

as Andrew Pennington

as Ferguson

as Rosalie Otterbourne

as Simon Doyle

as Miss Bowers

as Dr. Ludwig Bessner

as Barnstaple

as Manager of The Karna...

as Rockford
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Critic Reviews for Death on the Nile

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | August 8, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Fun, if not cookie-cutter, Agatha Christie-based flick w/Peter Ustinov fine as Det. Hercule Poirot.

February 21, 2008

A fine Agatha Christie adaptation, made more watchable because of its all-star cast

August 18, 2006
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Death on the Nile is a fine entertainment that is lovely to look at and easy to enjoy.

Full Review… | January 24, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Not bad if a bit dry.

April 13, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Death on the Nile


Great locations (that may not even be available for filing these days), really great costumes, thrilling story with a surprise ending. What more could you want?! Lansbury is marvelously over-the-top as a faded lush. Ustinov really is the best Poirot ever bringing both humor and gravity when needed. On the down side: Niven plays his usual, shallow stock character; and the poorly-rendered foreign accents are a bit distracting. (I'm looking at you, Jack Warden!) Bette Davis struggles a little, but she still pulls it off. Despite the minor faults, it's a thoroughly enjoyable film.

Christian C

Super Reviewer


Not nearly as good as Murder On the Orient Express, even a step down from Evil Under the Sun, but colorful Christie tale with fine production values and a good cast with Angela Lansbury, Bette Davis and Maggie Smith standing out. One of the problems is overlength another is a too deliberate pace but if yo're a mystery fan still a worthwhile watch. Ustinov of course is perfect as Poirot.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

This is pretty great TV Movie based upon the Novel written by Agath Christie with late Sr.Peter Ustinov and Angela Lansberry as a Alcoholic widow. It was funny to see Lanburry as an Alcoholic.

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

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