Death on the Nile 1978 — A Mystery / Crime Movie Trailer

Death on the Nile 1978 — A Mystery / Crime Movie Trailer

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The only thing that could follow “Murder” is “Death”
A murderer strikes on board the luxury Nile steamer Karnak-and Hercule Poirot faces his most baffling case.
Can the killer be found before the ship of clues reaches the end of its murderous journey?

IMDb Rating: 7.3 out of 10

As Hercule Poirot enjoys a luxurious cruise down the Nile, a newlywed heiress is found murdered on board. Can Poirot identify the killer before the ship reaches the end of its journey?

Almost everyone on the S.S. Karnak, cruising the Nile, has a reason to want heiress Linnet Ridgeway (Lois Chiles) dead. Her jewels are coveted by elderly Mrs. Van Schuyler (Bette Davis), her maid is upset because Linnet won’t give her a promised dowry, writer Salome Otterbourne (Dame Angela Lansbury) is facing a libel suit brought by Linnet, Salome’s daughter Rosalie Otterbourne (Olivia Hussey) wants to protect her mother, American Andrew Pennington (George Kennedy) has been embezzling from the Ridgeway family, and former friend Jacqueline De Bellefort (Mia Farrow) is upset that Linnet stole her fiancé, Simon Doyle (Simon MacCorkindale), away from her. Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot (Sir Peter Ustinov) must unravel the mystery when Linnet (and some of the others) turn up dead. —Ron Kerrigan (

Rating Rotten Tomatoes: Tomatometer: 76%
Audience Score: 78%

On a luxurious cruise on the Nile River, a wealthy heiress, Linnet Ridgeway (Lois Chiles), is murdered. Fortunately, among the passengers are famed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot (Peter Ustinov) and his trusted companion, Colonel Race (David Niven), who immediately begin their investigation. But just as Poirot identifies a motley collection of would-be murderers, several of the suspects also meet their demise, which only deepens the mystery of the killer’s identity.

Plot: Spoilers
Jacqueline “Jackie” de Bellefort asks her close friend, wealthy heiress Linnet Ridgeway, to hire her unemployed fiancé, Simon Doyle. Jackie is pleased when Linnet agrees, but Linnet and Simon soon start a whirlwind affair and marry. While honeymooning in Egypt, they are continually hounded by the jilted Jackie. In an attempt to get away, the Doyles pretend to go to the Cairo railway station before backtracking to board a Nile paddle steamer, the S.S. Karnak.

During an on-shore excursion to the nearby Temple of Karnak, a large stone is pushed off a pillar and narrowly misses the Doyles. They are shocked when Jackie joins the cruise, ignoring detective Hercule Poirot’s warning to stay away. She also reveals that she carries a small automatic pistol in her handbag and is a crack shot. That night, Jackie confronts Simon in a drunken rage and shoots him in the leg. The next morning, Linnet is found dead from a gunshot wound to the head. A “J” written in blood on the wall above her bed implicates Jackie, but she has a solid alibi as Miss Bowers sedated her with morphia and stayed with her all night.

Poirot and his friend, Colonel Race, investigate. They discover that numerous passengers had motives to kill Linnet: Louise Bourget, Linnet’s maid, was bitter due to her mistress’ refusal to grant her a promised dowry; Andrew Pennington, Linnet’s American trustee, was anxious to prevent her from discovering that he embezzled from her; Mrs. van Schuyler, an elderly American socialite suffering from kleptomania, displayed a great interest in Linnet’s pearl necklace; van Schuyler’s nurse, Miss Bowers, blamed Linnet’s father for financially ruining her own father; Salome Otterbourne, a romance novelist, was being sued for libel for a similarity between Linnet and one of her characters; Mrs. Otterbourne’s daughter, Rosalie, was anxious to protect her mother from financial ruin; Jim Ferguson, an outspoken Communist, resented Linnet’s wealth; and Dr. Ludwig Bessner, a Swiss psychiatrist, faced exposure by Linnet concerning his unorthodox methods affecting Linnet’s past friends.

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