Death on the Nile 1978


Action / Crime / Drama / Mystery

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 80%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 78%
IMDb Rating 7.3


Based on the Dame Agatha Christie novel, our favorite Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot (Sir Peter Ustinov), is on a cruise up the Nile. He is surrounded by an interesting assortment of characters, including a wealthy heiress and her husband, on their honeymoon. It appears that everyone hates the heiress.

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Maggie Smith as Miss Bowers
Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Salome Otterbourne
Olivia Hussey as Rosalie Otterbourne
Bette Davis as Mrs. Van Schuyler
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by gezmar 8 / 10

Remains A Lively And Delicious Favourite Treat

The screen version of Agatha Christie's Death On The Nile would be one of the definitive adaptions of the very old fashioned(but still strangely popular) murder mystery genre. After twenty-seven years the movie holds up very well.

The most was made of the Egyption setting of the film as it was filmed mostly on location and the stunning ancient sites of Egypt are filmed beautifully. Tourism in Egypt apparently increased significanlty after the film's release. Not surprising.

Also making the film a treat is the wonderful cast. Peter Ustinov stepped into the role of Hercule Poirot for the first time and despite no resemblance to Christie's descriptions of Poirot, made the role his own for the next decade. Ustinov gives a stern but comic portrayal of Poirot which is balanced with the casting of Ustinov's close friend David Niven as Colonal Race, Poirot's sidekick.

Heading the feast of suspects is the legendary Bette Davis as a grand dame with a sour Maggie Smith as her paid nurse/companion. There bickering scenes together are a hilarious highlight of the movie. Angela Lansbury is also a scene stealer as a tipsy, uninhibited novelist who does a hilarious tango with David Niven. Mia Farrow delivers a very good dramatic performance, as the women scorned which almost steers away from the usual cardboard stereotype characterisations of Agatha Christie.

Director John Guillerman let his great cast have fun with their characters partly because veteran thriller writer Anthony Shaffer wrote the screenplay. Although the murder mystery is a clever one and played out very well Shaffer injected the script with more wit and spice than the original novel had. (The Bette Davis and Maggie Smith scenes being the best example) The soundtrack of the film is an underrated gem with veteran composer Nino Rota producing a grand, sumptuous, inviting and mysterious soundtrack which perfectly complements the setting and the drama. Also his arrangement of the tango tune "Jealousy" is the best I've ever heard.

All this makes for a fun, lively old fashioned treat of a film that can be returned to from time to time.

Reviewed by r-downey1 8 / 10

A Great Adaption!

I watched this film when it was broadcast on channel four last Christmas and I was so blown away by it that I had to buy the movie on DVD. Coming from a true fan of murder mystery TV shows with my all-time favourite series being Midsomer Murders, I can tell you this has to be one of the best detective dramas ever to be adapted from one of Agatha Christie's novels. Peter Ustinov gives a wonderful performance as Christie's world famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, who along with his sidekick has to solve three violent shootings on a luxury cruise ship sailing off the coast of Egypt. The story is full of red herrings, great and really well acted characters and lots of fantastic humour. It is also very gripping with a crime that is forever tricky to work out and a truly unpredictable killer gives the film a perfect ending. I would suggest to all fans of classic British Murder Myestries to see this 1970's Agatha Christie tale but you will have to be prepared to be blown away by it. I overall give Death on the Nile 8/10 stars.


Reviewed by JohnHowardReid 9 / 10

Another Agatha Christie triumph!

A later super-popular Agatha Christie adaptation, Death on the Nile (1978), hails from that wonderful period when multi-star movies were all the rage, both with producers and movie-goers.

This one assembles a really outstanding cast, including Peter Ustinov and David Niven as the detectives, and the richly rewarding Mia Farrow, plus Angela Lansbury, Bette Davis, George Kennedy, Maggie Smith, Jack Warden, Lois Chiles, etc, as the potential victims.

No-one seems to have noticed that Miss Christie uses exactly the same plot device (admittedly with a cleverly convincing variation) that she employed in "And Then There Were None".

Not that these quibbles matter very much when we moviegoers are treated to this opulently-filmed-on-location exercise in high-budget entertainment.

The Anchor Bay DVD rates 10/10 with me. And it also carries some admirable extras.

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