Death on the Nile (1978)

PG   |    |  Crime, Drama, Mystery


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As Hercule Poirot 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?


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Director:

John Guillermin

Writer:

Anthony Shaffer (screenplay)

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19 August 1999 | Rosabel
7
| A good, well-paced classic whodunnit
This movie was the first and best of Peter Ustinov's performances as Hercule Poirot. Though physically not very accurate to Agatha Christie's description of the little Belgian detective, for this one movie everything worked and the discrepancy was not a problem. The film is well-paced, with all the plot turns and clues coming with perfect timing, not too fast to be confusing, but not too slow to strain the rather flimsy fabric of the story. The whole cast is very good, especially Bette Davis as a malevolent old spider of a woman, gleefully tormenting her long-suffering companion, Maggie Smith. The scene where she smiles indulgently at a group of Egyptian children waving at her on the river bank, only to sink into mortified disgust as they turn around and moon her, is a highlight of the movie. The climax of the film is quite surprising, and unlike many mysteries, does not cheat the viewer by withholding vital information until the last moment. We feel the pleasure of being honestly fooled throughout, and the conclusion is thoroughly satisfying.

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Release Date:

29 September 1978

Language

English, French, Arabic, German


Country of Origin

UK

Filming Locations

UK

Box Office

Budget:

$7,920,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$14,560,084

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,568,801

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