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Death on the Nile (1978)

aka Death on the Nile

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Details: 140 mins · English, French, German · PG (USA)


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Small Hercule Poirot
Small Jacqueline de Bellefort
Small Simon Doyle
Small Linnet Ridgeway Doyle
Small Salome Otterbourne
Small Marie Van Schuyler
Small Louise Bourget
Small Colonel Johnny Race
Small James Ferguson
Small Rosalie Otterbourne
Small Miss Bowers
Small Andrew Pennington
Small Doctor Ludwig Bessner
No_movie_poster Manager of the Karnak
Small Barnstaple
Small Sterndale Rockford


No_movie_poster Nino Rota Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Jack Cardiff Director of Photography
No_movie_poster John Guillermin Director
No_movie_poster Peter Murton Production Design
No_movie_poster Terry Ackland-Snow Production Design
No_movie_poster Brian Ackland-Snow Production Design
No_movie_poster Dyson Lovell Casting
No_movie_poster Malcolm Cooke Editor
No_movie_poster John Brabourne Producer
No_movie_poster Richard B. Goodwin Producer
No_movie_poster Agatha Christie Novel
No_movie_poster Anthony Shaffer Writer
No_movie_poster Agatha Christie Story Contributor


The film begins with a meeting between wealthy heiress Linnet Ridgeway (Lois Chiles) and her close friend Jacqueline de Bellefort (Mia Farrow). Jackie wants her fiancé, Simon Doyle (Simon MacCorkindale), to work for Linnet, but he and Linnet have a whirlwind affair and end up marrying. While honeymooning in Egypt, they are continually hounded by the jilted Jackie. In an attempt to get away, the Doyles board a Nile paddle steamer, the S.S. Karnak.

When the passengers venture on-shore to examine a nearby temple, a large stone is pushed off a pillar and narrowly misses Simon and Linnet. They again encounter Jackie, who boards the ship and ignores the warnings of detective Hercule Poirot (Peter Ustinov) to stay away, revealing that she carries a small pistol. After a late-night game of cards in the ship's lounge, Jackie confronts Simon. In a drunken rage she fires and shoots him in the leg. The next morning, Linnet Ridgeway is discovered murdered in her cabin, shot in the head by a similar weapon, with almost everyone aboard the S.S. Karnak having had a reason to want to do away with the heiress. The pistol has meanwhile gone missing.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1978-09-29 : United States of America

DVD : 2009-01-27

DVD : 2001-02-27