Movie Review: ‘Death on the Nile’ (1978)

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We hadn’t seen this movie in several years, so we watched it the other day and it was just as wonderful as ever.

It isn’t always easy to get an all-star cast to work together, but in Death on the Nile, the stars are out in force. What a cast! Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot, supported by David Niven, Bette Davis, Mia Farrow, Lois Chiles, Maggie Smith, Simon MacCorkindale, Jack Warden, Olivia Hussey–whew! With Angela Lansbury, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of an alcoholic romance writer who’s seen better days. Fantastic performances all around.

And if you like movies with lavish sets, exotic locations, and a plot that twists and turns all over the place–well, this one’s for you. Want escape? This film’s got it. For 140 minutes, you’re out of here. Much, much better than the David Suchet remake.

In a little while, we’re going to follow our New Year’s custom of watching George Pal’s 1960 classic, The Time Machine. Followed by Patty’s heavenly pork casserole for supper.

Happy New Year, everybody!

7 comments on “Movie Review: ‘Death on the Nile’ (1978)

  1. Were it available by download, I’d be watching it right now, on the strength of your recommendation. As it is, it’s on my Amazon Wish List and will be among my next purchases from them.

    1. We had to buy it. The only way it was available on Youtube was as a little postage-stamp sized picture tucked into the corner of a downloader’s screen. You really do need a bigger screen for this one!

    2. If it’s anything like Murder on the Orient Express, it has to be an epic.

  2. I just requested DVD at the library and it will probably be available next week; ever since Murder on the Orient Express came out my wife and I have been interested in Agatha Christie’s works

  3. Truly a good movie. I recently rented the remake of “Murder on the Orient Express” – not as good as the original. I did like the line where Hercule Peroit says, “I am happiest when alone.”

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