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The only thing that could follow "Murder: is "Death".
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 Murder on the Orient Express (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 Amadeus (1984) author Peter Shaffer
Release Date: September 29, 1978 @ Loews State, Tower East and 34th Street East, Manhattan
Awards: Oscar nom: Best Costume design(won)
While it received 5 less Oscar nominations (but both won 1 award each) and less money at the boxoffice than MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, Paramount's followup did a respectable equivalent of over $50,000,000 in today's boxoffice.
Fall of 1978 saw 3 mystery/comedy/thrillers open within a week -DEATH ON THE NILE; THE BIG FIX and WHO IS KILLING THE GREEAT CHEFS OF EUROPE? -each giving the other competition. Add to that 1978 also had THE BIG SLEEP remake , the French Hitchkockian thriller CAT AND MOUSE , DEAR INSPECTOR, FOUL PLAY and others making it an old fashioned mystery year.
Trivia: Which of the 3 fall mysteries made the most money?
NILE was written by Anthony Scaeffer whose play SLEUTH garnered 4 Oscar noms including 2 for Best Actor-essentially the whole cast. Name only 2 other movies in which the whole cast was nominated for Oscars?