Death on the Nile - 1978

Discover Peter Ustinov's first appearance as Hercule Poirot in Christie classic, Death on the Nile.

Overview

Hercule Poirot is enjoying a holiday aboard a luxury Nile steamer, when a mystery assassin takes the life of an heiress and he is called upon to track down the killer amongst his fellow travellers.

A visually sumptuous and quintessentially British production, Death On The Nile won an Oscar® for Anthony Powell’s costume design and introduced Peter Ustinov (Robin Hood, Spartacus) in his first portrayal as the Belgian detective Poirot. Surrounding Ustinov are a stellar cast of the time including Maggie Smith (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), Jane Birkin (Blow-Up), Bette Davis (All About Eve), David Niven (The Guns of Navarone), Mia Farrow (Rosemary’s Baby), George Kennedy (Cool Hand Luke) and Angela Lansbury (Beauty and The Beast).

Studio Canal are releasing a newly restored edition of Death on the Nile containing a making of video, interviews with Dame Angela Lansbury, Richard Goodwin and costume designer Anthony Powell, and a special behind the scenes stills gallery.

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Did you know?

  1. This was Peter Ustinov's first of six appearances as Hercule Poirot.

  2. Death on the Nile won the Oscar for Best Costume Design.

  3. The film was shot on location in Egypt.

  4. The Egyptian government encouraged the film because Christie was so popular in Egypt and the themes were apolitical.

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