Death on the Nile

Death on the Nile

John Guillermin (1978)

133min
A Certificate
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Review

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Peter Ustinov takes over from Albert Finney as pernickety Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot in this solid, star-studded dramatisation of Agatha Christie's paddle-steamer mystery. The plot is suitably tricky, the Egyptian locations dazzling and all the actors onboard seem to be having a terrific time - especially Angela Lansbury as a drunken writer and Maggie Smith as an acid-tongued nurse. It's only in comparison with 1974's Murder on the Orient Express that the film inevitably suffers - the solution isn't quite as jaw-dropping, and some of the whys and wherefores overtax credibility - but a humorous Ustinov keeps the whole thing afloat with his ability to add a twinkle to even the most earnest lines of dialogue.

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Cast & Crew

Hercule Poirot Peter Ustinov
Louise Bourget Jane Birkin
Linnet Ridgeway Lois Chiles
Mrs Van Schuyler Bette Davis
Jacqueline de Bellefort Mia Farrow
Mr Ferguson Jon Finch
Rosalie Otterbourne Olivia Hussey
Manager of the Karnak I S Johar
Andrew Pennington George Kennedy
Mrs Salome Otterbourne Angela Lansbury
Simon Doyle Simon MacCorkindale
Colonel Rice David Niven
Miss Bowers Maggie Smith
Dr Bessner Jack Warden
Barnstaple Harry Andrews
Rockford Sam Wanamaker
Director John Guillermin
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EMI DistsGuidance: May be edited for violence.Available on: video and DVD
Drama