Death on the Nile

Death on the Nile

John Guillermin (1978)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Peter Ustinov took 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 tricksy, the Egyptian locations dazzling and all the actors on board 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.


Detective Hercule Poirot investigates a murder on board a paddle steamer in Egypt. The victim was an unpopular heiress, whose outspoken manner put her at odds with most of her fellow passengers during their cruise on the Nile. Agatha Christie mystery, starring Peter Ustinov, Bette Davis, Maggie Smith, George Kennedy, Mia Farrow, Jane Birkin, Olivia Hussey, Angela Lansbury and David Niven.

Cast & Crew

Hercule Poirot Peter Ustinov
Mrs Van Schuyler Bette Davis
Col Rice David Niven
Mrs Salome Otterbourne Angela Lansbury
Miss Bowers Maggie Smith
Andrew Pennington George Kennedy
Jacqueline de Bellefort Mia Farrow
Louise Bourget Jane Birkin
Linnet Ridgeway Lois Chiles
Rosalie Otterbourne Olivia Hussey
Director John Guillermin
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EMI DistsGuidance: Edited for violence.Available on: video and DVD