Death on the Nile (1978)




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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.
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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EMI Films Ltd.


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
Simon MacCorkindale
as Simon Doyle
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

All Critics (10)

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
Your Movies (

Okay whodunit suffers by comparison with Murder on the Orient Express.

December 29, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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April 21, 2004
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

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
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
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
Wahida K

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