Mystery Mania Blogathon – Death on the Nile (1978)


This is the second of three posts dedicated to Mystery Mania Blogathon being held over at Pop Culture Reverie.

Tnx Robin for letting me take part!

“It’s more than likely, it has been my experience that men are least attracted to women who treat them well.” – Miss Bowers

Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 Mar 2019)

Brief Synopsis – While on vacation in Egypt, famed detective Hercule Poirot must try and discover who caused the murder of a wealthy socialite on board a pleasure cruise.

My Take on it – I was never much of a fan of Agatha Christie’s style of mysteries, but after seeing the Kenneth Branagh adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express (2017) last year, my interest has been piqued.

This is a fun mystery that once again works so well due to the complex fashion that is woven into things.

They do an excellent job developing the various characters along the way and manage to hide everyone’;s true motives along the way as things are held together for the final reveal towards the end.

Peter Ustinov is superb as the Belgian detective and manages to keep things interesting throughout this film as things are slowing revealed.

Agatha Christie’s stories are always far from dull because they are created so complexly that they constantly make us think from start to finish.

The cast is superbly chosen which is a ploy used in many Christie adaptation sin order to make it plausible for anyone to be the true culprit without giving things away too easily.

Bottom Line – Fun Agatha Christie mystery that works because of the complexity of it all. Love the way that we get introduced to all of the various characters and they keep us guessing as to the true motives of each of them all the way until the very end when things are revealed.  Ustinov is superb as the Belgian sleuth and has a way about him that keeps things interesting throughout. The stories are never dull and they constantly make us think because things are never simple.  As with most of these Christie adaptations, the cast is superb and diverse which helps make everyone a real suspect along the way. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Albert Finney was initially asked to reprise his role as Poirot from Murder on the Orient Express (1974). However, he had found the make-up he had to wear for the first movie very uncomfortable in the hot interior of the train, and on realizing that he would have to undergo the same experience, this time in temperatures exceeding one hundred degrees Fahrenheit (thirty-eight degrees Celsius), he declined the role.  (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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