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Death on the Nile Details


Peter Ustinov began his long association with the Hercule Poirot character of murder mystery novelist Agatha Christie with this lavish but financially disappointing follow-up to the popular Agatha Christie (1974). During a luxurious pleasure cruise down the Nile aboard a lavish vessel populated with wealthy passengers, widely despised heiress and home wrecker Linnet Ridgeway (Lois Chiles) is murdered. Also aboard is famed Belgian detective Poirot (Ustinov) and his taciturn traveling companion, Colonel Race (David Niven). Poirot undertakes an investigation into Ridgeway's killing. Among the colorful suspects are Salome (Angela Lansbury) and Rosalie Otterbourne (Olivia Hussey), Doctor Bessner (Jack Warden), Mrs. Van Schuyler (Bette Davis), Miss Bowers (Maggie Smith), and Jacqueline De Bellefort (Mia Farrow). As more bodies pile up, however, it appears that nearly everyone aboard has a motive. The script for Death on the Nile (1978) was adapted by Anthony Shaffer, the writer of Sleuth (1972) and the identical twin brother of Anthony Shaffer (1984) author Peter Shaffer. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:September 29, 1978


Awarded by
National Board of Review Angela Lansbury Best Supporting Actress 1978 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Anthony Powell Best Costume Design 1978 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Anthony Powell Best Costume Design 1978 Winner


Peter Ustinov
as Hercule Poirot
Jane Birkin
as Louise Bourget
David Niven
as Colonel Race
Lois Chiles
as Linnet Ridgeway
Bette Davis
as Mrs. Van Schuyler
Angela Lansbury
as Mrs. Salome Otterbourne
Mia Farrow
as Jacqueline De Bellefort
Jon Finch
as Ferguson
George Kennedy
as Andrew Pennington
Olivia Hussey
as Rosalie Otterbourne
Simon MacCorkindale
as Simon Doyle
Maggie Smith
as Miss Bowers
Jack Warden
as Dr. Ludwig Bessner
Harry Andrews
as Barnstaple
Sam Wanamaker
as Rockford


John Guillermin
Richard Goodwin
Lord John Brabourne
Agatha Christie
Book Author
Anthony Shaffer
Jack Cardiff
Nino Rota
Composer (Music Score)
Malcolm Cooke
Terry Ackland-Snow
Production Designer
Peter Murton
Production Designer
Terry Ackland-Snow
Art Director
Anthony Powell
Costume Designer
Chris Carreras
First Assistant Director
Ted Sturgis
First Assistant Director