Death on the Nile

1978

Death on the Nile

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Peter Ustinov plays the intrepid Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot in this star-studded and stylish screen adaptation of Agatha Christie's classic mystery tale. On a trip down the Nile, a hateful and arrogant heiress is murdered and any one of a boatload of celebrity suspects, all with motive and something to hide, may have committed the deed. Amongst the suspects are Angela Lansbury as a ditzy romance novelist; Bette Davis as a snobbish socialite with Maggie Smith in tow as her embittered friend; Jack Warden as a comic Swiss doctor with a music hall accent; and Jon Finch as a rabid Marxist. Also on hand to help out is David Niven as Poirot's pal, Colonel Race.

Cast

Peter Ustinov
as Hercule Poirot
Bette Davis
as Marie Van Schuyler
Mia Farrow
as Jacqueline De Bellefort
Jane Birkin
as Louise Bourget
Lois Chiles
as Linnet Ridgeway
Jon Finch
as Mr. Ferguson
Olivia Hussey
as Rosalie Otterbourne
I.S. Johar
as Manager of The Karnak
George Kennedy
as Andrew Pennington
David Niven
as Colonel Rice
Maggie Smith
as Miss Bowers
Jack Warden
as Dr. Bessner
Harry Andrews
as Barnstaple
Sam Wanamaker
as Rockford
Angela Lansbury
as Salome Otterbourne
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Critic Reviews for Death on the Nile

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Audience Reviews for Death on the Nile

  • Sep 04, 2019
    Although the cast of recognizable name stars is noteworthy, that alone cannot save the desultory proceedings, so much so that how to stay awake is the mystery that'll involve most of your time. Mia Farrow does the heavy lifting, which should be all the warning astute film consumers should recognize.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 28, 2018
    Adaptations of Christie work best when they embrace the inherent absurdity of the premise and just let us gawk at all the movie stars in exotic locals trying to murder each other instead of all the contrivances and plot holes.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 19, 2013
    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
  • Dec 14, 2009
    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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